Candis Lee, Ed.D.
Lee, Candis L.K. Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
University of Hawaii, University of Southern California
Dr. Candis Lee holds a Doctorate degree in Higher Education from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in ESL from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education also from the University of Hawaii.
With no available jobs in elementary education upon her graduation, Dr. Lee embarked on a business career that spanned the financial, retail clothing, telecommunications, and finally, the travel industry fields. During this period, she also worked part-time for Hawaii's Department of Education as an ESL Instructor. Realizing the importance of education and the requirement of a Master's degree to teach ESL full-time, Dr. Lee returned to college to pursue an M.A. in ESL at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Upon graduation, her wishes were fulfilled as she obtained a full-time teaching position teaching ESL in HPU's English Foundations Program (EFP). Maintaining her full-time teaching load, she them embarked on the pursuit of her Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Southern California.
At HPU, Dr. Lee has taught EFP courses in all language skills and business English, but mainly writing since ESL writing was her special area of research interest while pursuing her M.A. in ESL. She also taught and was the previous course coordinator for the bridge course between the EFP and the Writing departments. While she was the coordinator, she wrote the course's textbook entitled Perspectives. She is the present coordinator of the advanced-level oral fluency courses for the EFP and a graduate-level course for international students which centralizes the development and improvement of research and case study writing skills. She also teaches in the TESL Programs, primarily the practicum courses of observation for both the BATESL and MATESL programs. Dr. Lee also taught a graduate TESL course entitled "Teaching English-for-Specific-Purposes (ESP)."
Dr. Lee has presented at various international conferences in Canada, mainland U.S., Hong Kong, and London on topics that included silence in the higher educational classroom, teacher education in ESL, and ESL writing. She has also presented at several local conferences about ESL writing pedagogy. In addition to her book Perspectives, she has published her research and papers in various journals and books on topics that included ESL writing, ESL teacher education, and higher educational classroom interaction issues.
Her current research interests continue to focus on ESL writing pedagogy, and silence and participation in the higher educational classroom as it relates to the use of WebCT. She embarrassingly admits to being technologically inept, but albeit a novice WebCT user, she still finds its technology fascinating and fun to learn. However, her greatest special interests include her "happy obsession" of caring for her four grand nieces, a grand nephew, and last but not least, her soon-to-be 90-year-old mother.