Karen Lee

Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment

  • PhD, Oakland University, Michigan, Higher Education Administration
  • MA, Wayne State University, Michigan, Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • BA, University of Michigan, Michigan, Mathematics Education

Karen Lee has been an educator for over 25 years. After changing majors from electrical engineering to education, Karen began her educational career as a K-8 certified teacher in Michigan, teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school students. Upon earning her master’s degree in pure and applied mathematics and taking secondary methods courses, Karen was granted Michigan secondary certification and began teaching mathematics to high school students. Concurrently, she began teaching mathematics as an adjunct instructor at Oakland Community College. In 2005, Karen accepted a tenured mathematics faculty position at Oakland Community College, where she taught all levels of undergraduate mathematics: linear algebra, statistics, the calculus sequence, the algebra sequence, arithmetic, and trigonometry. While a tenured mathematics faculty member, Karen also worked as an assessment facilitator in the Office of Assessment. Her duties in the assessment office sparked her interest to seek a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration, with attention given to assessment and accreditation. Karen is pleased to have joined the USD family in the capacity of Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences in 2013.