Department Chair and Associate Professor
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
206E Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E
PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Composition Studies
M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, English
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
My career has spanned disciplinary and department homes, but my research has consistently focused on equity and excellence in college classrooms, and teaching as a critical, reflective practice. My doctoral training and early faculty experience was in English departments. I have been fortunate to teach a diverse range of courses, including: first year and basic writing; multicultural, feminist, and U.S. literature courses; poetics workshops and interdisciplinary, senior capstone courses for writing majors; doctoral seminars in composition theory, critical pedagogy and research methods in composition studies; and practicum and community-engaged learning courses.
My early scholarship focused on the intersections of feminist, process, and critical pedagogies in writing classrooms and on how the learning of teaching happens. In particular, how do faculty learn to critique, refine, and adapt their pedagogy in response to complex and shifting sites of practice. This research resulted in multiple articles and two books, Teaching Writing that Matters (co-authored with Chris Gallagher, 2008) and Composing Critical Pedagogies (2002).
My current scholarship moves outside of the writing classroom to consider teaching that supports equity as well as facilitating students' development of diversity/intercultural effectiveness. My primary focus is first-year courses. Inclusive excellence, critical pedagogy, and student and faculty development remain core components of my work. Recent outcomes in this area include: Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms (Lee, Poch, Williams, Shaw, 2012) and “Engaging Diversity in First-Year College Classrooms” (Lee, Williams, Kilaberia, 2012). I currently serve on the editorial boards of the following journals: Learning Communities Research and Practice and Journal of College Teaching and Learning.
I have served in administrative positions at three public research universities, including department chair, directing an undergraduate English major, directing a writing program, and coordinating community-action learning curricula and partnerships. For five years, I served as a mentor in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Early Career Teaching Program.
Honors and Awards
University of Minnesota’s Morse Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (2005)
McKnight Research Fellowship (2001)
University of Minnesota Summer Research Fellowship (2000)
College Composition and Communication Association’s James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award (1996)
SUNY-Albany Innovations in Teaching Award (1996)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award (1994)