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Theresa M Lee
University of Tennessee

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Theresa M. Lee is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the Department of Psychology. She came to UT in January 2012 from the University of Michigan.

Lee’s accomplishments during the first year of her deanship include leading the college and its twenty-one academic units in the development of strategic plans, complete with key metrics for gauging the college’s progress within the university’s Top 25 goals; leading her team to complete a gap analysis at the college and department level to determine the resources essential to aligning the college with Top 25 liberal arts colleges; producing the college’s first annual report; reorganizing the Dean’s Advisory Board into working committees to engage members more effectively in the college’s marketing and communications, philanthropy, and advocacy activities; hiring six new department heads and reappointing a seventh; and leading the development team in meeting their campaign goals, particularly those related to the All-Steinway piano initiative and the University of Tennessee Humanities Center initiative.

While at Michigan, Lee held a number of administrative positions. From 2007 to 2011, she chaired the Department of Psychology, the second-largest research unit in the university’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and which seats more than 8,000 students per year in departmental courses and has more than seventy full-time, tenure-line faculty.

In addition to extensive university committee service, Lee also has served on various committees for national organizations, including the Society of Neuroscience and the American Psychological Association. She was recently elected to the board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. Lee also has served the National Institutes of Health as a regular panel member and the National Science Foundation as a regular reviewer, as well as the planning committees for smaller specialty societies related to her research interests.

Lee joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1988 after earning an AB degree in biological sciences from Indiana University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. From 1982 to 1988, she held a postdoctoral fellowship and the position of assistant research psychologist in the laboratory of Irving Zucker in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her research focuses on environmental interactions with behavior and physiology (most recently reflected in circadian rhythms), as well as the interaction of early steroid hormones on social interactions and the development of adult behavior.

A prolific and successful researcher, Lee’s work has attracted more than $4 million in federal funding. Her publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and ten book chapters. Lee has been an invited speaker at research conferences and universities in the United States and Canada, at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, at the University of Mexico in Quertero, and at an upcoming conference in Strasbourg, France.

Lee’s honors and awards include election as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2009 and the American Psychological Association in 2011, the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award (2009), and the Coca-Cola Foundation Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship (1999).