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. 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.
My current scholarship moves outside of the writing classroom to consider teacher development across the curriculum. In particular, my focus is on pedagogy that supports equity and 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. I currently serve on the editorial boards of the following journals: Learning Communities Research and Practice and Journal of College Teaching and Learning.
Lee, A., Williams, R.D., Shaw, M., Jie, Y. (In Press) First Year Students’ Perspectives on Intercultural Learning. Teaching in Higher Education.
Williams, R.D., Lee, A., Link, A., Ernst, D. (In Press). Minding the Gap: Mobile Technologies and Student Engagement in a Large-Scale College Tablet Initiative. International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review.
Lee, A., Williams, R.D., Hassan, C. Facilitating Intercultural Interactions: First-Year Students Reflections on a Personal Narrative Assignment. (In Press). eSource for College Transitions.
Shaw, M., Lee, A., Williams, R.D. (In Press). Formative Journeys of First-Year College Students: Tensions and Intersections with Intercultural Theory. Higher Education Research and Development.
Lee, A., Williams, R.D., & Kilaberia, R. (2012) Engaging Diversity in First-Year College Classrooms. Innovative Higher Education 37 (3).
Lee, A. Jie, Y., & Williams, R.D. (2010). Common Book: Practical Strategies for Supporting Learning for Student Learning and Success. eSource for College Transitions (Vol.8, No.1) 2010.
Lee, A. & Williams, R.D., eds. (Under contract). Internationalizing Undergraduate Education: Critical Conversations for 21st Century Practitioners. Sense Publishers.
Lee, A., Poch, R., Williams, R.D., & Shaw, M. (2012). Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms: A Pedagogy for Developing Intercultural Competence. ASHE Higher Education Series. Jossey-Bass.
Gallagher, C. & Lee, A. (2008). Teaching Writing that Matters. Theory into Practice Series. Scholastic Press. (Co-author)
Lee, A. (2001). Composing Critical Pedagogies: Teaching Writing as Revision. Refiguring English Studies Series, NCTE.
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)