Meet Our Faculty

E. Suzanne Lee, Ph.D.

Suzanne Lee

Dean and Associate Professor

Email: slee@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization

Research Methodology, Leadership, Mission and Core Values in Higher Education


Dr. Lee was born and raised in Effingham, IL, and is a Midwestern girl at heart. She loves the corn fields and sky and the expansive feeling of freedom that particular scenery provides. She attended Eastern Illinois University from 1980-1984 and graduated with a degree in psychology with a health minor and was secondary education certified. Her undergraduate degree was followed by certification as a sex educator through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She earned her master’s degree in health education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1989 and was certified as a health education specialist. After working at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL, for five years she began a doctoral program at Saint Louis University and earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration in 2000. She thrived in the Jesuit education setting, taking 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. These experiences fueled her doctoral dissertation to create a reliable and valid instrument to measure social justice in Jesuit higher education. Her dissertation was entitled The Promotion of Justice: Measuring and Assessing the Psychometric Properties.

Dr. Lee applies her research methodology expertise throughout her service at Saint Xavier University. In the Teaching and Leadership program, she teaches qualitative inquiry and shepherds students through the research process, teaches research courses for other programs in education, and in virtually all of her school and institutional committee work collects qualitative data and uses the analysis to inform policy and programmatic change. Dr. Lee values service in higher education and wrote about the application of her research skills in an article entitled, Scholarly Service and the Scholarship of Service, in the 2009 publication of ACADEME. The following year Dr. Lee published the article Institutional Core Values: Operationalizing the Constructs in the Journal of Beliefs & Values.

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