Karen Lee, BEd’84, MA’97, PhD’04



Karen V. Lee, Ph.D. is Lecturer, Faculty Advisor, Area Coordinator, and co-founder of the Teaching Initiative for Music Educators cohort (TIME), at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C., Canada. Her research interests include issues of memoir, autoethnography, poetic inquiry, performance ethnography, creative-relational inquiry, women’s life histories, writing practices, music/teacher education, and arts-based approaches to qualitative research.  Her doctoral dissertation (2004) was a book of short stories titled Riffs of Change:  Musicians Becoming Music Educators.  She is a teacher, writer, musician, teacher/music educator, and researcher. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and graduate students at the university in both traditional and online contexts alongside her academic and scholarly writing pursuits.  In 2020, she received the Killam Teaching Prize.

Meeting Karen


What is your most memorable experience from your time in the Faculty of Education?

Taking a multimedia course in the wired “cage” in 1993.

Where has your education from the Faculty of Education taken you in your career?

It has provided many opportunities to teach in schools, participate in committees, BCMEA, teach at UBC, attend research conferences, and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Where do issues of inclusion find a place in your life or at work?

Lots of issues of inclusion during coursework and during practicum supervision in the schools.

Do you have any words of wisdom for current students? Newly graduated folks?

Definitely, I enjoyed my time as a graduate student and miss those days of studying all the time.