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Jim Lee PhD, P.Eng., FEC Executive Director, International

Biography

Professor Lee earned his BSc in geological engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a MA and PhD in geological sciences from Princeton University.

Prior to his appointment at the U of S, Professor Lee served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and has also held several administrative portfolios at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario – as Vice-Provost (International), Academic Integrity Advisor to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

As a geochronologist, Professor Lee’s research uses the radioisotopic dating of rocks to solve fundamental geological and geological-engineering problems in such diverse areas as the ancient assembly of supercontinents, the history and thermal evolution of the Earth’s crust, the timing of mountain-building processes, and mineral exploration. His research program has been international in scope, and he has collaborated actively with a variety of national and international partners in academic and industry.

As the U of S Executive Director of International, his role is to:

  • coordinate, integrate, and facilitate the diverse breadth of the university’s international activities in research, teaching, and the student experience
  • promote initiatives that continually improve the quality and breadth of the university’s international activities through forging robust institutional partnerships with universities, innovation enterprises, governments, and industry.
  • work closely with university partners to enhance research collaborations, degree programs, intercultural competence, and student mobility, as well as with provincial, state, and federal governments to advise on and promote international-education strategies.

Professor Lee is a strong proponent of internationalization across the university and has a longstanding interest in international issues in higher education.