Amy Lee

Department Chair and Associate Professor


Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
206E Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E
T: (612) 625-0884

Office Hours:

By appointment please.


PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Composition Studies
M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, English
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

What motivates me in my work?

There is a moment, in teaching and in learning, where resistance and struggle give way to knowledge and understanding. Facilitating this breakthrough for students and educators, and allowing challenge to continually reframe my awareness, motivates how I teach, lead and learn.  I am also motivated by supporting change in higher education so that it better serves, reflects, and contributes to the diversity of our global community.

What can students expect from me?

Students are at the center of my efforts -- my work as a department chair, scholar, or teacher.

By designing dynamic learning environments that require engagement, mutual responsiveness and co-creation between students and teachers, I work to ignite the transformative power of education and help students gain confidence and trust in their own potential.  You can expect me to actively value and model a tolerance of ambiguity, the importance of diverse perspectives, and the gift of lifelong learning.

Recent/Select Publications


Lee, A., & Williams, R. D. (Eds.).  (2015).  Internationalizing undergraduate education: Critical conversations for 21st century practitioners.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense. 

Lee, A., Poch, R., Williams, R. D., & Shaw, M. (2012).  Engaging diversity in undergraduate classrooms: A pedagogy for developing intercultural competence. Association for the Study of Higher Education Series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Shaw, M., Lee, A., & Williams, R. D. (Forthcoming). Formative journeys of first-year college students: Tensions and intersections with intercultural theory. Higher Education Research and Development.

Lee, A., & Williams, R. D. (Forthcoming). Designing intercultural interactions: Student reflections. In Osewska, E. (Ed), Education and creativity.  Warsaw, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Kardynala Stefana Wyszynskiego. 

Lee, A., Williams, R. D., Shaw, M., & Jie, Y. (2014). First year students’ perspectives on intercultural learning.  Teaching in Higher Education. 19(5), 543-554.

Lee, A., Williams, R. D., & Hassan, C. (2014). First-year students’ reflections on a personal narrative assignment. eSource for College Transition, 11(2), 7-11. Retrieved from

Williams, R. D., Lee, A., Link, A., & Ernst, D. (2014). Minding the gaps: Mobile technologies and student perceptions of technology. International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, 4, Article 1. Retrieved from

Lee, A., Williams, R. D., & Kilaberia, R. (2012). Engaging diversity in first-year college classrooms. Innovative Higher Education, 37(3), 199-213.

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)


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