Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Special Assistant to the President for Education Initiatives
Administration Building, Room 1012 A
Diane Lee joined the UMBC faculty in 1987 as a member of the education department, and became captivated by UMBC. As an associate professor, she taught courses in educational psychology, human learning and cognition, the study of teaching and research methods. Her research includes adult learning and development, every day problem solving and the place of wisdom in teaching. She was honored as UMBC’s Presidential Teaching Professor for the period 1997 to 2000.
In 1997 she joined campus administration as vice provost for student academic affairs. Now, as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education, she leads our campus commitment to undergraduate research, academic integrity and the continued enrichment of the undergraduate experience at UMBC.
Lee is also special assistant to the president for education initiatives, and K-16 initiatives in particular. In 2001 she was appointed by Governor Glendening to Maryland’s Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board (PSTEB) and completed a second term under Governor Ehrlich in 2005. PSTEB promotes quality education by establishing standards designed to guarantee that educational professionals meet threshold levels of knowledge and skills required to prepare all students for success. As a member of the Leadership Maryland class of 2002, Lee works closely with the education department and business leaders from across the state to recruit teachers to Maryland and help assure that these high-quality teachers are in every classroom.