Alumnus of the Month
Michael Lee, PhD (2012)
Michael Lee received his Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 2012. He has been employed as a tenured English faculty member at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, since 1999, so earning the Ph.D. came mid-career for him. It is through cooperation from CBC that Michael was able to take two leaves to complete coursework. Writing the dissertation, “Adapting Edward II: Eight Representations of Early Modern Sexuality,” was largely done at a distance with the dedicated help of Dr. Jessica Winston.
Michael holds a BA in English from the University of Idaho and an MA in English from Western Washington University. He currently teaches lots of composition, American literature, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Shakespeare at CBC. He also advises a student gay-straight alliance at the community college and serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee. He has presented papers at the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference and the Community College Humanities Association Conference. He serves as the secretary of the Pacific-Western region of the CCHA, and he has participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities / Community College Humanities Association summer workshops.
When not busy teaching, he likes to travel, cook, and taste wine at local Washington State wineries. Last summer, he and his partner Paul purchased their first house, which has encouraged him to explore the artistic side of home ownership—painting a bathroom.