Lee University

Organization Description

Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region, and is consistently ranked in the "Top Tier" in the South by U.S. News & World Report (Comprehensive Medium-Size Universities). Lee is also ranked by Princeton Review's "Best Colleges," and is one of the 141 colleges named Best in the Southeast.

Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee, and the largest in the Appalachian College Association. During that period, the university has seen a remarkable transformation that has included significant growth in its academic programs, student enrollment, faculty expertise, and diversity, as well as an expanded sense of mission and vision.

Participant Biographies

Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis

I serve as a SUMMIT-P PI. I am the longest-serving full-time faculty in the mathematics division at Lee University, having been here for 13 years after graduating from Florida State University. Most of the courses I have taught in the first few years were 100-level courses, including College Algebra. I still teach some of those and I have incorporated several teaching techniques in these courses during my tenure, with the purpose of focusing on incorporating real-life problems/projects and active learning. I have always been keen to show students how mathematics is used in real-life, not only in the lower-level mathematics courses, but also in the higher-level courses. Some of my projects included grant workshops for in-service teachers on “Bringing Life to Mathematics” and “Career and Technical Content in High School Mathematics,” and the creation of the Mathematics Internship Program at Lee where math majors get internship positions with local industrial corporations. Lee’s project, as part of SUMMIT-P, expands on the development of three courses, College Algebra for prospective K-12 teachers, College Algebra for STEM majors and a Statistics course, all are 100-level courses, by working with partners from the chemistry, education and social sciences departments. In my free time I like to travel, play tennis and bake Egyptian dessert.

Dr. John Hearn

I began teaching in 2013 at Lee University. The lecture classes that I have taught every year are general chemistry and physical chemistry, and I have taught many lab classes in general, organic, and physical chemistry. I made the most significant changes in teaching the lecture courses during my first year. I will address those changes separately for general chemistry and physical chemistry, and then I will describe what I have learned in the teaching the lab classes.

Dr. Bryan Poole

Dr. Poole, Assistant Professor of Psychology, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and specializes in Experimental Psychology, publishing his research in high-impact journals such as Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. While teaching a variety of classes at Lee on research methods and statistics, Dr. Poole also conducts research with teams of undergraduate students, investigating topics such as emotion, motivation, and attention; regularly presents research at various national and regional conferences; and has received funding from Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the CATCH MATH2 (2017) grant project. In his spare time, Dr. Poole and his wife enjoy traveling and watching old movies.

Dr. Jason Robinson

My teaching career began in 1997 after graduating from Lee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development with teacher certification. In 2000, I received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2010, I completed my Doctoral Degree from The University of Tennessee network in Learning and Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.