• Mass Media and Popular Culture, Spring 2023, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Games as Social Technology, Spring 2023 & Fall 2022, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Communication and Technology, Summer 2021 [online due to COVID-19], USC

  • Public Speaking , Fall 2020 [online due to COVID-19], USC

  • Communication and Social Science, Spring 2019, USC (discussion instructor)

  • Communication and Media Economics, Fall 2018, USC (discussion instructor)

Teaching Assistant

  • Interpreting Popular Culture, Spring 2022, USC

  • Communication and Social Media, Spring 2021 [online due to COVID-19], USC

  • Communication and Technology, Fall 2019, USC

  • Communication and Mass Media, Spring 2020 [partially online due to COVID-19], Fall 2017 & Spring 2017, USC

  • Nagoya University Senior High School Active Learning in English Program, 2013, Nagoya University

Guest Lectures

  • “Metaverse: An Old New World”, November 3, 2022 & February 24, 2022, COMM 216: Digital Journalism, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • "The Future of Entertainment: Virtual Idols and Virtual Influencers", April 6, 2021, The Cultures of New Media, USC

  • "Web 3.0 Imaginaries: Cryptocurrency and NFTs", March 16, 2021, Communication and Social Media, USC

  • "Internet Studies", Nov 18, 2020, Qualitative Research Methods in Communication [doctoral seminar], USC

  • “Virtual Influencers: Social Interactions with Nonhumans”, Nov 4, 2020, Communication Technology and Culture, USC

  • “Mediated Places: Real Versus (?) Virtual Togetherness”, Oct 19, 2020, Studying Internet Culture, USC

  • “Diffusion of Innovation and New Technology”, April 27, 2020 and April 24, 2020, Communication and Mass Media, USC


  • English conversation, reading, writing, 2012-2014, private tutor, South Korea

Selected Student Feedback

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“Ms. Kim honestly killed it with this class. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this was the most well–structured class I've have this entire semester, and therefore the best class I've ever had at USC. She really did her very best to teach us, and it shows. Our classes were interesting, our assignments meaningful, and our professor attentive and involved; what more could I ask for” -anonymous student

“I simply cannot express how valuable this course was. This is the most I have ever been engaged with a class both during this semester and throughout my entire experience at USC. When signing up for a small class, I expected deep in–class discussion while also feeling more connected to fellow students. This class exceeded my expectations. I felt challenged leading up to each speech assignment (especially as the semester progressed), but I never felt hopeless or unable to ask for help. Again, I cannot stress enough how much this class improved my speaking skills, and I also cannot express enough how much I enjoyed the class as a whole.” -anonymous student

Teaching Assistant

"You've been a great TA, Donna! You've helped me hone my analysis skills and you've always been helpful when I come to see you about issues with my term paper. If I didn't understand a concept, you did a good job of further explaining until I understand." -anonymous student

"Donna was great. She helped me with papers and gave constructive feedback. She is knowledgeable in the subject and genuinely wants to interact with students." -anonymous student

"Great TA! I had her for another class last semester and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she would be TA'ing this course. She's very sweet, helpful, understanding and wants all of her student to succeed." -anonymous student