Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols

Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols
Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols
Mary Lee-Nichols Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols
Associate Professor
office. Swenson Hall 2062
University of Wisconsin-Superior

About

Off-campus you can find Dr. Lee-Nichols enjoying gardening, reading, writing, and spending time with her family on the shores of Superior Bay. She also loves cooking and entertaining friends, sailing on the ocean whenever possible, and of course, sailing anytime in salt-free and shark-free Lake Superior!

Professional Background

Dr. Lee-Nichols’ experiences as a middle school science teacher in both New York City and rural Maine, as an administrator in Maine towns at extreme ends of the socioeconomic scale, and as a student herself in suburban Littleton, CO gave her a unique perspective and appreciation of the potential for success in all students. It also allowed her to see firsthand how teaching practices can serve to advantage some students while disadvantaging others. Influenced by the work of Paulo Freire related to poverty, and the tremendous impact of education to empower oppressed populations in liberating themselves, she focused her studies in areas that work to reverse teaching practices responsible for reinforcing and maintaining inequities inside our educational system. She is committed to providing pre-service and practicing teachers with an understanding of how marginalized students can continue to be underserved when our teaching practices reproduce class structures and social inequalities.

Research Interests

Dr. Lee-Nichols’ doctoral studies focused on the intersection of culture and teaching grounded in an understanding of how our identities and experiences influence our actions as learners and educators. This has shaped her work addressing the preparation of preservice teachers as anti-oppressive, anti-racist educators. She continues to explore strategies and practices that create community within learning environments where achievement is strengthened by teachers who believe in, care, and support their students toward academic success. Her work emphasizes developing a habit of teaching that is dedicated to equity and social justice issues. Much of her research is conducted with practicing teachers in K-12 schools where she is especially interested in the experiences of white teachers committed to understanding the impact of this complex and imbalanced system on students and families of color in predominantly white rural communities. 

Awards & Honors

2019, UW-Superior, Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Work: Problems of Contemporary Society

2017, UW-Superior, Academic Service-Learning Excellence Award

2016, UW-Superior, Spirit of Superior Team Award

2015, UW-Superior Office of Multicultural Affairs, Community Diversity Award

2015, UW-Superior, Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Work: Problems of Contemporary Society

2015, UW-Superior Office of Multicultural Affairs - Making a Difference Award: What Alumni Say

2014, UW-Superior World Student Association, Spirit of UWS Award

2013, UW-Superior, Making Excellence Inclusive Award  

2009, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award

Service

2018-Current, Lincoln Park Children & Families Collaborative, Board Member

2014-2017, Northern Lights Elementary School, Diversity Leadership Team Member

2012-2014, Metamorphosis Project Duluth, Board Member  

2012-2014, Wisconsin State Reading Association, Multicultural Literature Committee Co-Chair 

Most Recent Degrees

2011 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction/Culture & Teaching - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Dissertation/Thesis topic: Racial Discourse in Predominantly White Rural Classrooms: A Phenomenological Study of Teachers’ Lived Experiences Discussing Race

1991 - Master of Science (M.S.) - Educational Administration  - University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME - Dissertation/thesis topic: Improving the Image of a Middle School Program through Public Relations

1982 - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Elementary Education - Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 

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UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Lee-Nichols, Mary E
Fall Semester 2019

For up to date information on all schedules, please refer to the class search page in the E-Hive.

Note: the Class Schedule information below reflects data as of November 19, 2019 11:45 AM.

Class Section Identifier Key

Fall Semester 2019
Class Nbr.Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsClass Sect.CreditsBldg.RoomDaysTimeSeats Open
T ED - Teacher Education
1837T ED 270Multicultural Education
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09/04/2019 - 12/13/2019
This class is closed for enrollment. Wait List Seats Open: 14 of 15
001 3.00  SWEN 2034 TTh 8:30AM- 9:45AM 0 of 24 open
Wait List:
14 of 15
  
09/04/2019 - 12/13/2019
This class is closed for enrollment. Wait List Seats Open: 14 of 15
1840T ED 407Middle School and Its Students
View Books for this Class
09/04/2019 - 12/13/2019
001 3.00  SWEN 2034 TTh 1:00PM- 2:15PM 14 of 24 open
Wait List:
15 of 15
  
09/04/2019 - 12/13/2019
1910T ED 407Middle School and Its Students
View Books for this Class
This class is open to both DL and on campus students. On campus students can enroll as of 05/04/2020 (no petition required). Tuition is not part of the plateau; online fees apply. In addition this class has an online technology administration fee of $60. For tuition and fee schedules see www.uwsuper.edu/bursar
E1 3.00  Online    7 of 20 open
Wait List:
15 of 15
  
This class is open to both DL and on campus students. On campus students can enroll as of 05/04/2020 (no petition required). Tuition is not part of the plateau; online fees apply. In addition this class has an online technology administration fee of $60. For tuition and fee schedules see www.uwsuper.edu/bursar
1911T ED 407Middle School and Its Students
View Books for this Class
This class is open to both DL and on campus students. On campus students can enroll as of 05/04/2020 (no petition required). Tuition is not part of the plateau; online fees apply. In addition this class has an online technology administration fee of $60. For tuition and fee schedules see www.uwsuper.edu/bursar
E1A 3.00  Online    15 of 20 open
Wait List:
15 of 15
  
This class is open to both DL and on campus students. On campus students can enroll as of 05/04/2020 (no petition required). Tuition is not part of the plateau; online fees apply. In addition this class has an online technology administration fee of $60. For tuition and fee schedules see www.uwsuper.edu/bursar