E. Suzanne Lee, Ph.D., began her career at Saint Xavier University as a professor and later as dean of the School of Education, before serving in her current role as interim provost of the University.
A Midwestern girl at heart, Dr. Lee was born and raised in Effingham. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology with a health minor and certification in secondary education from Eastern Illinois University. Following her undergraduate work, she became certified as a sex educator through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and went on to earn her master's degree in health education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale as well as became certified as a health education specialist. After working at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield for five years, she pursued and completed her Ph.D. in higher education administration at Saint Louis University.
Dr. Lee thrived in the Jesuit education setting: She took 23 more hours of research methods and statistics coursework than required, worked in graduate education assessing value-laden education and attended a three-day silent retreat as a precursor to the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Dr. Lee also taught some undergraduate pedagogical courses as well as research courses to other educators as part of a teaching and leadership graduate program. These experiences fueled Dr. Lee’s doctoral dissertation, titled “The Promotion of Justice: Measuring and Assessing the Psychometric Properties,” to create a reliable and valid instrument to measure social justice in Jesuit higher education.
Professional Career at SXU
Interim Provost: June 2017 - present
Associate Professor: January 2002 – present
Dean, School of Education: July 2015 - June 2017
Interim Dean, School of Education: July 2014 - June 2015