Associate Professor of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts
"My heart is here. This is my life. I deal with students on a daily basis. They have become my family. It's just a part of where my heart is, and whatever I can give; it's a pleasure to make a contribution."
Dr. Sang-Hie Lee was born in North Korea and moved to Seoul, South Korea at a young age where she completed her undergraduate schooling. Dr. Lee worked as the music director of the first television station in Korea for a year and a half. "The whole time I wanted to go to the USA and continue my performance studies." That dream became a reality for Sang-Hie Lee. She moved to the United States where she attended five different universities to obtain degrees ranging from a teaching certificate to a Master of Music, a Doctorate of Music with a concentration in piano performance and pedagogy, and a second doctorate in higher education with a concentration in academic affairs.
"In 1995, after my Ph.D. in higher education, I wanted to use that degree, that training, to promote the performing arts, in Visual and Performing Arts area in higher education. I was offered the position as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at USF. It was an exciting opportunity for me to combine my two degrees; the performing arts and the higher education."
Dr. Lee currently teaches two courses at USF. The first, Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education, is a gateway course for first semester Master's level students. This course "gives them the taste of what it means to become a musician, but also an academic musician. They learn the tools, and really the hard core techniques, of how to become a scholarly person as a musician." The second course, Music and Medicine, was developed by Dr. Lee. "There are a lot of health issues, psychological issues, physiological issues, injury issues...we are very fortunate in that the medical school is right across the street, I have about a dozen physician faculty come and give guest lectures. My students really not only hone their skills as a musician, but they get to learn the anatomy behind the performance; for the vocalist, the vocal cord anatomy; for the pianist and the violist all he uper limb bio-mechanics...it has been a very rewarding experience".
For Dr. Lee, supporting USF through the Faculty & Staff Campaign for the University of South Florida is something that makes sense to her. "We are all here because we care about our students, and we care about our profession, we care about USF and its mission, and its contribution to the society, and in the Tampa Bay area; but in the larger society, I think we make global contributions, and if you are working here, I think it is just a natural thing to make a small donation, as much as your heart allows you to."
Personally, Dr. Lee does not think of giving to USF as charitable giving, rather something that is a part of her. "I think of it as my heart is here. This is my life. I deal with students on a daily basis. They have become my family. It's just a part of where my heart is, and whatever I can give; it's a pleasure to make a contribution."
Return to Donor