BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jaekyung Lee, professor of counseling,
school and educational psychology at the University at Buffalo, and
a fellow of the prestigious American Educational Research
Association (AERA), has been appointed dean of the UB Graduate
School of Education after a national search. He had served as
interim dean since July 2012.
Lee’s appointment, which is effective immediately, was
announced June 10 by Charles F. Zukoski, provost and executive vice
president for academic affairs.
He succeeds Mary H. Gresham, who stepped down as dean to become
vice provost for educational collaboration and engagement.
In announcing his appointment, Zukoski noted that Lee will lead
the Graduate School of Education as it pursues an ambitious vision
for advancing its national and international prominence in
research, graduate education and educational policy.
“Dr. Lee’s scholarship and administrative skills make
him an outstanding choice to lead the Graduate School of
Education,” he added.
President Satish K. Tripathi also praised Lee, noting he has the
ideal qualities to be the permanent dean of GSE.
“As an internationally distinguished scholar who is an
established authority in his field, we are very pleased to have Dr.
Lee at the helm to lead the Graduate School of Education to even
greater heights of excellence and impact regionally, nationally and
globally,” Tripathi said. “I very much appreciate the
leadership, insight and expertise he has demonstrated as interim
dean, and look forward to his continued contributions to advancing
our university's vision of excellence as GSE builds on its legacy
of leadership in research, education and policy
As interim dean and in his previous appointment as associate
dean for academic affairs, Lee led significant efforts to enhance
departmental collaborations across the school, as well as expanding
GSE’s interdisciplinary partnerships with units across the
“The search committee recognized Dr. Lee as an
accomplished scholar and colleague of great integrity who has a
vision to advance GSE on all levels,” said Robert Shibley,
dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and chair of the
GSE dean search committee.
An internationally recognized leader in education policy,
educational equity, and international and comparative education,
Lee joined the UB faculty in 2002 after serving as an assistant
professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the
University of Maine. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006
and full professor in 2010, and assumed the role of associate dean
for academic affairs in 2011.
His primary professional and research interests focus on
addressing pressing social issues in the areas of educational
accountability and equity, high-stakes testing and educational
achievement gaps. His work in these areas has been cited by many,
including the National Research Council’s 2011 report
“Incentives and Test-Based Accountability in
Lee’s research, which has been supported by grants from
the AERA, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science
Foundation, has been published in numerous scholarly journals. He
also is the author of the book “The Testing Gap: Scientific
Trials of Test-Driven School Accountability Systems for Excellence
He currently sits on a number of editorial boards of academic
journals, including the Education Policy Analysis Archives, KEDI
(Korean Educational Development Institute) Journal of Education
Policy, the Journal of Research in Rural Education and Educational
Research International. He served as an associate editor of the
American Educational Research Journal from 2008-11.
In addition to being an AERA fellow, Lee also is a fellow of the
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
University and the National Education Policy Center at the
University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the recipient of the 2007
AERA Early Career Award.
He earned a BA and MA from Yonsei University in Seoul, South
Korea, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.