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  • Alumni HeroJuly
    27
    2014-07-27 Beginning this fall, Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will offer two new tracks in its TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. Beginning this fall, Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will offer two new tracks in its TESOL (T... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    22
    2014-06-22 Lee’s Department of Language and Literature, along with the Helen DeVos College of Education, recently hosted 28 educators in a five-day workshop. Lee’s Department of Language and Literature, along with the Helen DeVos College of Education, recently hosted 28 educators in a five-day workshop... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    13
    2014-06-13 Lee University’s plan for establishing a School of Nursing got a big boost this week when its two accrediting agencies gave approval for a fall 2014 start date. Lee made the announcement that the new program received the “green light” from the Southern Association (SACS) Commission on Colleg... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    17
    2014-05-17 By Mary Beth Callahan   Lee University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recently hosted its first ever mathematics competition for high school students on Lee’s campus. The mathematics competition teams consisted of high school students, with representation from each... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    9
    2014-05-09 Dr. Debra Mimbs and Dr. Laura Singletary from Lee University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recently received a grant from the Mathematical Association of America’s Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant (DMEG) Program. Dr. Debra Mimbs and Dr. Laura Singletary from Lee Unive... read more
  • Alumni HeroApr
    19
    2014-04-19  Lee’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host its first ever mathematics competition for high school students on Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Complex Great Room on Lee’s campus. By Mary Beth Callahan Lee’s Department of Natural Scie... read more
  • Alumni HeroMar
    24
    2014-03-24 The Tucker Foundation recently awarded Lee University a grant for the Tucker Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. The Tucker Foundation recently awarded Lee University a grant for the Tucker Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. “It is exciting as this is the very first sch... read more
  • Alumni HeroFeb
    16
    2014-02-16 Lee University received approval Thursday from the Tennessee Board of Nursing to proceed with its plans to begin a bachelor of science in nursing degree program.  Lee University received approval Thursday from the Tennessee Board of Nursing to proceed with its plans to begin a bachelor of sc... read more
  • Alumni HeroFeb
    12
    2014-02-12 When can a person be considered educated? How many courses should someone take before they’ve earned a degree? What makes a Lee University degree distinctive?  When can a person be considered educated? How many courses should someone take before they’ve earned a degree? What makes a Lee Uni... read more
  • Alumni HeroFeb
    8
    2014-02-08 Lee University’s Division of Adult Learning (DAL) has been ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. By Jillian Ellis Lee University’s Division of Adult Learning (DAL) has been ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bac... read more
  • Alumni HeroFeb
    4
    2014-02-04 The Tennessee Higher Education Commission recently awarded the Improving Teacher Quality Grant to Lee University for the year 2014. By Jillian Ellis   The Tennessee Higher Education Commission recently awarded the Improving Teacher Quality Grant to Lee University for the year 2014. T... read more
  • Alumni HeroJan
    22
    2014-01-22 World-renowned composer, arranger, author, and song leader Alice Parker will be artist-in-residence at Lee University and Broad Street United Methodist Church Jan. 29-Feb 2.  World-renowned composer, arranger, author, and song leader Alice Parker will be artist-in-residence at Lee Universit... read more
  • Alumni HeroJan
    19
    2014-01-19 Lee University will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 20-21, with seminars on campus led by faculty members. Lee University will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 20-21, with seminars on campus led by faculty members.   The s... read more
  • Alumni HeroJan
    18
    2014-01-18 Lee University’s Department of Business will host an open house for its MBA program on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Science and Math Complex Lecture Hall, room 255. Lee University’s Department of Business will host an open house for its MBA program on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in t... read more
  • Alumni HeroJan
    3
    2014-01-03 Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has a new line-up of specially designed mini-courses for the spring. Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university c... read more
  • Alumni HeroNov
    2
    2013-11-02 Lee University’s Department of Business will host an open house for its MBA program on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Complex room 257.   Lee University’s Department of Business will host an open house for its MBA program on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ... read more
  • Alumni HeroOct
    25
    2013-10-25 On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Lee University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for educators, recognized local teachers for their demonstration of excellence in the classroom. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Lee University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor societ... read more
  • Alumni HeroOct
    14
    2013-10-14 On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Lee University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta hosted its annual undergraduate literary symposium, which featured 53 submissions read by 50 students from 11 different colleges and universities. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Lee University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta hosted its ... read more
  • Alumni HeroSept
    24
    2013-09-24 Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature is offering free English language courses to the community, now through Nov. 14. Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature is offering free English language courses to the community, now through Nov. 14. The program, now in... read more
  • Alumni HeroSept
    16
    2013-09-16 Dr. Terry Cross, dean of the School of Religion and professor of Systematic Theology at Lee, will have his theological work featured in a book by Giovanni Maltese and published by Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht Verlag in German.   By Britain Miethe Dr. Terry Cross, dean of the School of R... read more
  • Alumni HeroSept
    10
    2013-09-10 Author Tal McThenia will kick off Lee University’s Writer’s Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. By Britain Miethe Author Tal McThenia will kick off Lee University’s Writer’s Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. The reading will take place in the Rose Lecture Hall in the Helen De... read more
  • Alumni HeroAug
    30
    2013-08-30 Lee University vice president Debbie Murray announced a major move in Lee's development of a nursing program: the appointment of a new director, Dr. Sarah Campbell. Lee University vice president Debbie Murray announced a major move in Lee's development of a nursing program: the appointment... read more
  • Alumni HeroAug
    30
    2013-08-30 As classes get underway this fall, Lee’s Helen DeVos College of Education (HDCOE) and the School of Music welcome three new faculty.  As classes get underway this fall, Lee’s Helen DeVos College of Education (HDCOE) and the School of Music welcome three new faculty. Taz Kicklighter, lectu... read more
  • Alumni HeroAug
    20
    2013-08-20 Robert Bernhardt, conductor and artist-in-residence at Lee University, will lead one of Lee’s Encore classes focusing on the opera. Robert Bernhardt, conductor and artist-in-residence at Lee University, will lead one of Lee’s Encore classes focusing on the opera. The class, Opera…Don’t Be A... read more
  • Alumni HeroAug
    11
    2013-08-11 Lee University's Encore Program, which offers residents 60 years of age and older the opportunity to take university courses, has a new slate of specially designed mini-courses for the fall. These courses are planned exclusively for Encore-eligible students. Lee University's Encore Program,... read more
  • Alumni HeroJuly
    25
    2013-07-25 The Lee University School of Religion is now offering a third track in its graduate offerings in biblical and theological studies. The Lee University School of Religion is now offering a third track in its graduate offerings in biblical and theological studies. Students can now pursue the M... read more
  • Alumni HeroJuly
    14
    2013-07-14 Lee University will begin construction Monday, July 15, on its newest addition to the campus. Lee University will begin construction Monday, July 15, on its newest addition to the campus. The new building, which will house Lee’s Communication Arts Department, will be built on the e... read more
  • Alumni HeroJuly
    12
    2013-07-12 Dr. Eric Moyen has been named chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education in the Helen DeVos College of Education. Dr. Eric Moyen has been named chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education (HESSE) in the Helen DeVos College ... read more
  • Alumni HeroJuly
    10
    2013-07-10 Dr. William "Bill" Estes, professor of education, has been named dean of the Lee University Helen DeVos College of Education. Dr. William "Bill" Estes, professor of education, has been named dean of the Lee University Helen DeVos College of Education. "Dr. Estes has the skill and drive ... read more
  • Alumni HeroJuly
    8
    2013-07-08 Lee University has named Dr. Deborah Murray as Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Lee University has named Dr. Deborah Murray as Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Her position is one of seven vice presidential posts under Lee President Dr. Paul Conn.... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    26
    2013-06-26 Evelyn Mo took first place in Lee University’s annual piano competition, the final phase of the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 17-22. Evelyn Mo took first place in Lee University’s annual piano competition, the final phase of the International Piano Festival and Comp... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    20
    2013-06-20 The Lee University School of Music (SOM) will be undergoing reorganization in order to better serve the growing number of students interested in majoring in music. The Lee University School of Music (SOM) will be undergoing reorganization in order to better serve the growing number of st... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    12
    2013-06-12 Seven Lee University faculty members recently earned promotion in rank.   Seven Lee University faculty members recently earned promotion in rank. Four faculty earned a promotion to associate professor from assistant professor, and include Drs. Sherry Kasper, Mike Iosia, Kimberly Moffett, and... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    12
    2013-06-12  Five Lee University faculty members recently earned promotion in rank to Professor from Associate Professor and include Drs. Blayne Carroll, Susan Carter, Rachel Reneslacis, Patty Silverman, and Linda Thompson.  Five Lee University faculty members recently earned promotion in rank to Profes... read more
  • Alumni HeroJune
    5
    2013-06-05  Dr. Carolyn Dirksen was recently awarded the rank of “Distinguished Professor of English” by the Lee University board of directors. Dr. Carolyn Dirksen was recently awarded the rank of “Distinguished Professor of English” by the Lee University board of directors. She was recognized for thi... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    24
    2013-05-24 A group of Lee University students will have a rare and historic task to perform while on a study trip to New England this summer.  A group of Lee University students will have a rare and historic task to perform while on a study trip to New England this summer. Teaming up with students and... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    14
    2013-05-14  Dr. Skip Jenkins, associate professor of historical theology at Lee University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Janet Rahamut Award. Dr. Skip Jenkins, associate professor of historical theology at Lee University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Janet Rahamut Award. ... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    6
    2013-05-06  Dr. Jerald Daffe’s latest book, “Crosses, Coffee, Couches, and Community,” has just been released by Pathway Press. Dr. Jerald Daffe’s latest book, “Crosses, Coffee, Couches, and Community,” has just been released by Pathway Press. Subtitled “Modern Ministry in an Emerging Culture,” it r... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    3
    2013-05-03 Dr. Laura Anderson, professor of education, has been selected as the recipient of Lee University’s 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award.   Dr. Laura Anderson, professor of education, has been selected as the recipient of Lee University’s 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. The Excellen... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    2
    2013-05-02 Lee University has named Dr. Aaron Johnson as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Scholarship Award.   Lee University has named Dr. Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of humanities, as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Scholarship Award. The winner of this award is ch... read more
  • Alumni HeroMay
    1
    2013-05-01 Dr. Sherry Kasper, assistant professor of biology, has been selected as the winner of Lee University’s 2013 Excellence in Advising Award. Dr. Sherry Kasper, assistant professor of biology, has been selected as the winner of Lee University’s 2013 Excellence in Advising Award.    The E... read more
  • 04201302- walleApr
    2
    2013-04-02 The swivel of a robot. The patter of cockroach feet. The shrill of the wind through cubified trash on an abandoned planet. It’s the beginning of Wall-E; and each sound was carefully produced by Hollywood sound editor Dustin Cawood. By Jessilyn Justice, Lee Clarion Editor-in-Chief The s... read more
  • 2 ZuckerFeb
    1
    2013-02-01 Lee University will welcome Dr. Michael Zuckert on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a lecture entitled, “Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places? America as a Lockean Republic.” Lee University will welcome Dr. Michael Zuckert on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a lecture entitled, “Looking for Love in all the Wro... read more
  • Alumni HeroJan
    25
    2013-01-25 Lee University’s new Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will host a reception and preview session on Thursday, Jan. 31at 7:00 p.m. in the Centenary Room of the Higginbotham Administration Building. Lee University’s new Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will host a ... read more
  • 20121217 Haslam Awarded DoctorateGovernor Bill Haslam accepted an honorary doctorate from college officials, then challenged graduates to "live a life of faith."... read more
  • 20121215 Moyen Speaks at ConferenceDr. Eric Moyen and Ashley Shankles presented a paper at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Meeting... read more
  • 20121213 HaslamLee University will award Governor Bill Haslam an honorary doctorate when he delivers their winter commencement address on the Cleveland campus this weekend, officials announced Thursday.... read more
  • 20121207 Concert MastersWeiyi Cai Yu, a music instructor at Lee University, recently had two students, Darby Lauren Jones and Bethany Thorton, named Concertmasters of youth orchestras in their local areas.... read more
  • 20121205 ChoraleThe Lee University School of Music and School of Religion will jointly present "Lessons & Carols" on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.... read more
  • 20121130 ServiceOn Saturday, Nov. 10, students from Lee University's Mission of the Church, a Religion course taught by Professor Jerome Boone, participated in a class service project to benefit The Caring Place (TCP) located in Cleveland, Tenn.... read more

Academic Affairs

The Academic Sector is made up of four colleges and schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Helen DeVos College of Education, the School of Music, and the School of Religion. There are 12 academic departments and 4 graduate areas of study within the colleges and schools. Lee University offers 43 on-campus undergraduate majors in 87 programs of study.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the university. In addition to overseeing the four colleges and schools, the Office for Academic Affairs oversees these auxiliary academic offices and services:

   

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Professor Spotlight

Dr. Loralee Songer

Assistant Professor of Music

A full-time voice faculty member at Lee, Dr. Songer teaches applied voice, conducting, and is the director of the ensemble Ladies of Lee. Songer has performed a range of musical styles over the years both solo and in ensembles. She has performed such pieces as Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Hayden Lord Nelson Mass, Faurè Requiem, Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem, and Handel’s Messiah with the Marion Philharmonic. She has also had the privilege of performing in Linyi, China at Linyi Normal University in 2007. In 2011, Songer was named a finalist in the Philadelphia Lieder Society competition and in 2010, a semi-finalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition and the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. She won first place at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in 2008 and 2010.

In addition to her vocal pursuits, Songer has been an active presenter at scholastic conferences, including  the Mid-South Regional Conference in 2011, Great Lakes Regional Conference in 2009, National Conference in 2009, and New Educators Voice Symposium at Indiana University in 2009, along with several others.