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Sarah Lee

Dr. Sarah Lee

Associate Professor


Sarah Lee serves as Director of the School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering. She joined USM in 2020 following nine years at Mississippi State University where she most recently served as Assistant Department Head. Sarah left FedEx Corporation after 19 years to enter academia with a passion for broadening participation in computing. Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from the Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in computer science from MSU. She earned her PhD in computer science from the University of Memphis.

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  • PHD - University of Memphis (2011)
  • MS - Mississippi State University (1989)
  • BS - Mississippi University for Women (1986)

Introduction to Cybersecurity
Software Engineering Senior Design
Distributed Client Server Programming
Ethics in Computing
Introduction to Software Engineering
Software Project Management
Database Management Systems
Software Engineering Project Management
Advanced Database Systems

  • Seeding Cybersecurity Workforce Pathways with Secondary Education, Computer Magazine, 2019, 10.1109/MC.2018.2884671
  • Dance-A-Bit: Integrating Dance with Teaching Algorithmic Thinking, 2020
  • Self-Efficacy Study in Computing Among College Freshmen, 2020
  • Mississippi Coding Academies: A non-traditional approach to computing education, 2019
  • Providing Equitable Access to Computing Education in Mississippi, 2019,
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  • Illuminating the Computing Pathway for Girls in Mississippi, 2018
  • Exploring Pathways to Developing Self-Efficacy in New Computer Science Teachers, 2017
  • An Investigation of Pathways to Computing for Middle and High Schoolers in the U.S. South, 2016

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Areas of Expertise

software engineering, broadening participation in computer science, computer science and cybersecurity education