Carol Lee Honored as Learning Scientist

Carol Lee Honored as Learning Scientist

Carol Lee

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) is honoring SESP professor Carol Lee for her contributions as a learning scientist. FABBS is a coalition of scientific societies that advance the sciences of mind, brain and behavior.

The Foundation’s “In Honor Of...” program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain and behavior. The FABBS Foundation’s website highlights Lee’s contributions as a scientist, and she joins 65 other scientists honored by the foundation in its Gallery of Scientists. Susan Goldman, professor of psychology and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, nominated Lee for this honor.

Lee is the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education in the School of Education and Social Policy and in African-American Studies at Northwestern. 

Education leader
Lee is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was also AERA’s representative to the World Educational Research Association and vice-president of Division G, Social Contexts of Education. In addition, she is past president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy and past co-chair of the Research Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Researcher and author
Lee’s research addresses cultural supports for learning that include a broad ecological focus, with attention to language, literacy and African-American youth. She is the author or co-editor of three books. The most recent is Culture, Literacy and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind. She has also written four monographs and published more than 62 journal articles and book chapters in the field of education. 

Educator
Spanning a 48-year history, Lee’s career as an educator includes work as an English language arts teacher at the high school and community college levels, a teacher at the primary grades, and a university professor. Lee, who received her PhD from the University of Chicago, is a founder of four African-centered schools that have a 40-year history. These include three charter schools under the umbrella of the Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools where she serves as chair of the board of directors.

Honoree
Lee’s excellence in education and research has earned her numerous other honors and awards. She was named a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Awards she has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, Walder Award for Research Excellence at Northwestern University, Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois-Urbana, President’s Pacesetters Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/20/17