Her love of history was sparked by the job she held as an archival assistant for the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, where she worked for several years as an undergraduate.
She began her higher education at a community college and then attended a small state university before going on to earn her Ph.D. She credits her faculty advisors at the two smaller institutions and Dr. Joe W. Trotter at Carnegie Mellon University for their guidance that led to her own success. And it was as a doctoral candidate that she
discovered her love of teaching while serving as an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities.Â
â€śI find my studentsâ€™ growth to be the most exciting thing about teaching,â€ť says Lee. â€śI love to see when students enter at one level and then graduate from CCM fully prepared to succeed in a four-year institution.â€ť
Prior to earning her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, Lee earned her M.A. in 1996 from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.A. summa cum laude in 1995 from California University of Pennsylvania.