Dean Robert Lee’s research focuses on teacher recruitment and retention, community-based clinical preparation, and teacher identity development through context-situated learning – areas in which he continues to contribute. Last year, Dr. Lee published an article in the Journal of Teacher Education entitled “Breaking down barriers and building bridges: Transformative practices in community- and school-based urban teacher preparation.”
Prior to his tenure at UCM, Dean Lee served as Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Urban Education, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline at Illinois State University, and Director of the Global Educators Outreach Program at DePaul University. He has provided consultation to school districts, community-based organizations, and state and federal agencies, including the US Department of Education. Dr. Lee’s innovative models for culturally-responsive teacher preparation have been featured on CSPAN, PBS NewsHour®, and reported in Education Week.
Dr. Lee earned his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, his master’s from Harvard University, and his doctorate from DePaul University. He has also been recognized by and has received awards from the Leadership Academy of the Association of Teacher Educators Council of Past Presidents; the National Network for Educational Renewal; the American Educational Studies Association; and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
In his free time, Robert enjoys cooking, fly-fishing, and playing pickleball.