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John W. Lee


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Clinical Professor

Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

113 West 60th Street
Room 1119D

Dr. Lee is a Clinical Professor of Education in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Fordham University. Dr. Lee joined the GSE faculty in 2005 and currently serves as Associate Chair for the division. He also serves as the Coordinator for the division's Urban School Leadership doctoral program and the Coordinator of the Master's Degree programs in Educational Administration and Supervision, which prepare future school building leaders and other educational leaders. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the GSE's School District Leader Advanced Certificate Program.

Prior to joining the GSE faculty, Dr. Lee served the students, parents, and educators of the New York City (NYC) Department of Education (DOE) for over 30 years as an English teacher at Louis D Brandeis High School, Manhattan; and as Assistant Principal and Principal of the Lower East Side Preparatory High School, one of NYC's original public alternative high schools serving at-risk youth. Lee was also Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent of the Queens County (NY) School Districts, and Executive Director of the NYC DOE's Office of Student Enrollment. During this period, Dr. Lee received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership at both the school building and district levels.

Dr. Lee started his career as an English as a Second Language teacher for The English Language Center operated by the Chinese-American Planning Council, and then served as the Founding Director of the Oliver Street School Age Day Care Center, a collaborative program for latchkey children sponsored by the Chinese-American Planning Council and Hamilton-Madison House.

In addition, Dr. Lee has served as a consultant for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, a consultant and leadership coach for New Visions for Public Schools, and a researcher for the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU. He currently serves as a consultant for the firm ATCS, P.L.C. on a Regional Catastrophic Logistics Training Program.


EdD, New York University

MS, City University of New York – CCNY

BA, City University of New York – CCNY


Research Interests

High School Reform

The Principalship

The Superintendency



  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Seminar in Leadership
  • Seminar in Organizational Culture


  • Critical Issues in Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Fundamentals of Educational Supervision
  • Program Evaluation and Research

Advanced Certificate

  • The Superintendency