Lee has been a Program Dean for IES Abroad since 2010 and currently supervises the IES Abroad Centers in Barcelona, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Santiago. He manages numerous projects and initiatives for the organization, including the implementation of the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication across IES Abroad Centers and the ongoing assessment project for IES Abroad’s Language Centers.
Lee holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. Before joining IES Abroad he served on the faculties at Longwood University and Iowa State University, where he primarily taught courses on Spanish language, Hispanic Cinema, and Spanish Cultural Studies. At ISU Lee served Director of the ISU on the Mediterranean Program in Valencia, Spain for 7 years. He has published research and presented at numerous conferences on contemporary Spanish narrative, cinema and culture, as well as on a variety of study abroad-related topics, including internationalizing the curriculum, service learning abroad, and summer programming for the professions.
Read below to find out a bit more about Lee:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
Salamanca Spain, Madrid, Spain, Valencia, Spain, & Cuernavaca, Mexico.
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?
The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. It is the dryest desert in the world and has the most amazing night skies that I have ever seen. The landscape looks like Mars, and the people are among the most friendly I have met.
What is the one item you can't travel without?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Photography, walk along Lake Michigan, care for orchids
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
You will always regret what you didn't do much more than what you did.
Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.
I am a 5th generation Kentucky Colonel