Faculty Profile

Margaret Sallee.

Margaret Sallee

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy
Phone: 716-645-1091


  • PhD, Urban Education, University of Southern California, 2008
  • MA, Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • BA, English and French, UC Berkeley, 2000

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Higher Education, University at Buffalo
  • Assistant Professor, Higher Education, University of Tennessee

What mentoring means to me:

A good mentor offers the type of support that their mentee needs. Mentoring can focus on academic, personal, career or any number of issues. Mentoring can involve just sitting and talking, or it can involve more directed guidance about accomplishing particular objectives. But mentoring is not just one directional. I have found that through many of my mentoring relationships (both as mentor and mentee), I have learned in both roles. I look forward to continuing to develop such relationships and provide such support to others.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Caregiving for other loved ones.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.