Karen V. Lee

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Performance ethnography
Women’s life histories
Writing Practices
Arts-based research


Karen V. Lee, Ph.D. is Lecturer, Faculty Advisor, Area Coordinator, and co-founder of the Teaching Initiative for Music Educators cohort (TIME), at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C., Canada. Her research interests include issues of memoir, autoethnography, poetic inquiry, performance ethnography, creative-relational inquiry, women’s life histories, writing practices, music/teacher education, and arts-based approaches to qualitative research. Her doctoral dissertation was a book of short stories titled Riffs of Change: Musicians Becoming Music Educators. She is teacher, writer, musician, teacher/music educator, and researcher. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and graduate students at the university in both traditional and online contexts alongside her academic and scholarly writing pursuits. In 2020, she received the Killam Teaching prize.

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Selected Publications

Lee, K.V. (2021).  Niloo:  Flight 752. Journal of Autoethnography, 2(3). https://doi.org/10.1424/joae.2021.2.3.317

Lee, K.V. (2021).  COVID 19: Pandemic Pandemonium.  Journal of Autoethnography, 2(2).  https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.2.226

Lee, K.V. (2020).  Dr. Leggo: A Legend.  The Canadian Review of Art Education, 47(1). https://crae.mcgill.ca/issue/view/9

Lee, K.V. (2020). Niloo’s Seven Minutes: Flight 752, Journal of Poetry Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/08893675.2020.1803616

Lee, K.V. (2020). White Whispers 2. Qualitative Inquiry. (in process)

Lee, K.V. (2020). Niloo: Flight 752. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 33(3) or 33(4). (in process)

Lee, K.V. & Toren, S. (2020).  Poetic Elegies:  Coping with Death.  Journal of Poetry Therapy, 33(1) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08893675.2020.1730593

Lee, K.V. (2019). Keening for Carl:  Mentor and Poetry Man.  Journal of Loss and Trauma. DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2019.1693771

Lee, K.V. & Gouzouasis, P. (2016). Tommy’s tune: Autoethnographic duet. Qualitative Inquiry, doi: 10.1177/1077800416659081 (SA).

Lee, K.V. & Gouzouasis, P. (2016). Suicide is painless: An autoethnography of tragedy. LEARNing Landscapes, 9(2), 339-350 (FA).

Lee, K. V. (2010a). Miscarriage. Families, Systems, and Health, 28(2), 194.

Lee, K. V. (2010b). An Autoethnography: Music Therapy after Laser Eye Surgery. Qualitative Inquiry,16(4), 244-248.

Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K.V. (2009). The Cage: Stuff, Tunes, Tales. Reflective Practice, 10(2), 173-178.

Lee, K. V. (2009a). Georgie’s Girl : last conversation with my father. In P. Chamberlayne & M. Smith, (Eds.). Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice. (pp.31-38). New York, NY:Routledge.

Lee, Karen V. (March, 2009b). White Whispers. Cell 2 Soul: Human Health Care Blog. http://www.cell2soul.typepad.com/

Wu Yue Yue & Lee, K.V. (January, 2008). The Inspire from Courses of Music Education in Canada, Journal of Music Inditing, Music Association, China

Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K.V. (2008). Sticky Knot Danish. In J. G. Knowles, S. Promislow & A. L. Cole, (Eds.). Creating Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-informed Thesis or Dissertation* (pp. 15-25. Vol. 4, Arts-informed Inquiry Series). Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & The Centre for Arts-informed Research.

Lee, K. V. (2008a). Myrt’s Kitchen. Journal of Loss and Trauma, International Perspectives on Stress & Coping, 13(6), 541-546.

Lee, K. V. (2008b). A Neophyte about Online Teaching: Almost Done. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(7), 1180-1186.

Lee, K. V. (2008c) Scrabble: An Autoethnography about Adoption. Iowa Journal of Communication, 40(1&2),115-125.

Lee, K. V. (2008d). White Whispers. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(6), 896-890.

Lee, Karen V. (2008e). A Sketchbook of Memories [38 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 40. Available at http://www.qualitativeresearch.net/fqs-texte/2-08/08-2-40-e.htm.

Lee, Karen V. (June, 2008). Georgie’s Girl. Cell 2 Soul: Human Health Care Blog. Available at http://cell2soul.typepad.com/cell2soul_blog/2008/06/georgies-girl.html

Lee, K. V. (2008f). “Out of the Cage” in The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative ways of knowing, research and representation, edited by Four Arrows, published by Routledge, 149-154.

Lee. K. V. (2008g). A Slice of Fruitcake: An Autoethnographic Reflection. Journal of Aging, Humanities and Arts, 2(1), 41-47.

Lee, K. V. (2008h). Chaos. Visions in Research in Music Education, 11. Available at http://www.rider.edu/~vrme/

Lee, K. V. (2007a). Caesar’s Closure. Reflective Practice, 8(4), 545-550.

Lee, K. V. (2007b). George’s Girl: Last Conversation with my Father, Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(3), 289-296.

Lee, K. V. (2007c). George: Music and Apple Pie. Journal of Creative Work (Scientific Journals International), [On-line Journal], v(2), Art. 3. Available at http://www.scientificjournals.org/journals2007/j_of_creative2.htm.

Lee, K. V. (2007, October). Confessing Takes Courage. [22 paragraphs] Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 8(1), Art. 6. Available at http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-07/07-1-6-e.htm.

Lee, K. V. (2006a). Her Real Story. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 11(3), 257-260.

Lee, K. V. (2006b). At The Beach: Mother and Daughter. Lifewriting, 3(1), 141-146.

Lee, K. V. (2006c). Fallen Diva. Reflective Practice, 7(3), 383-391.

Lee, K. V. (2006d). The Eleventh Hour. Visions in Research in Music Education, 8. Available at: http://www.rider.edu/~vrme/

Lee, K. V. (2006e). Drumming Math. Canadian Music Educator Journal, 48(2), 50-51.

Lee, K. V. (2006f). A Fugue About Grief. Qualitative Inquiry. 12(6), 1154-1159.

Lee, K. V. (2005a). Joseph Santini: Divided I Stand. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(4).

Lee, K. V. (2005b). Neuroticism: End of a Doctoral Dissertation. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(6), 933-938.

Lee, K. V. (2005c). Spoiled in Academia. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(6), 939-940.


Research Projects

Music: What is means to us, and why: A pragmatic approach for music education – (Dr. J. Imhoff, co-researcher)

Courses Taught

EDCP 210:  Introduction to Music Education

EDUC 450B;  Inquiry 1

EDUC 451B:  Inquiry 2

EDUC 315A. (Practicum supervision)

EDUC 421:  (Practicum supervision)

EDUC 430:  (CFE)

EDCP 505

MUED 508

BU MU 735

ETEC 532

MUED 321