Yeon Mi Lee

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department Chair

Education

Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 2013
M.Ph., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
M.A., University of California Davis, Davis, California, 2004
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2001

Associated Academic Programs

World Languages

As a foreign language educator, Dr. Lee’s approach to teaching is both practical and formational. “In today’s society, language and cultural competence has become one of the most sought-after skills for employment. Many industries seek candidates who are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of a globalized world.”

Dr. Lee also understands that foreign language education plays a key role in the formation of values. “My goal as an educator is to equip my students to respond to the demands of the ‘real world’ with deep-rooted values in God’s love for His creation. Our discipline promotes these values through diverse opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, and I believe this type of exposure is essential in values formation.”

A native of South Korea, Dr. Lee grew up in South America and lived in different parts of the United States: the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Midwest. Dr. Lee’s passion for languages and cultures stems from her own life experiences. “Growing up in Chile and the United States was not without challenge. My early exposure to multicultural engagement helped me grow spiritually and intellectually in ways that I could not otherwise have predicted. This experience changed the way I see and relate to the world. It transformed monocentric thinking into a way of perceiving and adjusting to a world that is richly diverse and mutable.”

Dr. Lee’s research interests include foreign language pedagogy, cultural studies, and popular culture in Latin American literature.

Courses

SPAN 302: Advanced Writing and Conversation
SPAN 315: Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
SPAN 316: Topics in Spanish-American Culture
SPAN 365: Spanish-American Literature I
SPAN 366: Spanish-American Literature II

SPAN 368: Topics in Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 451: Senior Seminar

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Rivers of Hope: The Effectiveness of Storytelling in Teaching History and Culture,” 27th Annual Conference organized by CAWL (Christian Association of World Languages). Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, April 6-8, 2017.

“Structure of Feeling: Sentimental Narrative and National Project in Argentina,” Interdisciplinary Conference organized by Latin American Institute. University of California Los Angeles. May 26, 2009.

“La voz de la transgresión en la cuentística de Roberto Arlt,” 11th Annual Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. April 18-19, 2008.

“La cultura del sentido común y la voz del desvío en ‘El jorobadito’ y ‘Ester Primavera’ de Roberto Arlt,” 8th Annual Colloquium on Peninsular and Spanish American Literature, Linguistics and Culture. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. March 1, 2008.

Professional Society Memberships

Modern Language Association
Christian Association of World Languages
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

+ Expertise

As a foreign language educator, Dr. Lee’s approach to teaching is both practical and formational. “In today’s society, language and cultural competence has become one of the most sought-after skills for employment. Many industries seek candidates who are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of a globalized world.”

Dr. Lee also understands that foreign language education plays a key role in the formation of values. “My goal as an educator is to equip my students to respond to the demands of the ‘real world’ with deep-rooted values in God’s love for His creation. Our discipline promotes these values through diverse opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, and I believe this type of exposure is essential in values formation.”

A native of South Korea, Dr. Lee grew up in South America and lived in different parts of the United States: the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Midwest. Dr. Lee’s passion for languages and cultures stems from her own life experiences. “Growing up in Chile and the United States was not without challenge. My early exposure to multicultural engagement helped me grow spiritually and intellectually in ways that I could not otherwise have predicted. This experience changed the way I see and relate to the world. It transformed monocentric thinking into a way of perceiving and adjusting to a world that is richly diverse and mutable.”

Dr. Lee’s research interests include foreign language pedagogy, cultural studies, and popular culture in Latin American literature.

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

SPAN 302: Advanced Writing and Conversation
SPAN 315: Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
SPAN 316: Topics in Spanish-American Culture
SPAN 365: Spanish-American Literature I
SPAN 366: Spanish-American Literature II

SPAN 368: Topics in Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 451: Senior Seminar

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Rivers of Hope: The Effectiveness of Storytelling in Teaching History and Culture,” 27th Annual Conference organized by CAWL (Christian Association of World Languages). Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, April 6-8, 2017.

“Structure of Feeling: Sentimental Narrative and National Project in Argentina,” Interdisciplinary Conference organized by Latin American Institute. University of California Los Angeles. May 26, 2009.

“La voz de la transgresión en la cuentística de Roberto Arlt,” 11th Annual Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. April 18-19, 2008.

“La cultura del sentido común y la voz del desvío en ‘El jorobadito’ y ‘Ester Primavera’ de Roberto Arlt,” 8th Annual Colloquium on Peninsular and Spanish American Literature, Linguistics and Culture. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. March 1, 2008.

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Memberships

Modern Language Association
Christian Association of World Languages
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese