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Sarah Lee

Dr. Sarah Lee



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. In 2020, she was recognized as a John Grisham Master Teacher, the highest faculty award for teaching at MSU. She received a Top in Tech Award from the Mississippi Business Journal in 2019.

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

Cyber Law & Ethics
Computers & Society
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

  • Piloting the Air Force JROTC Cyber Academy for High School Students, 2021
  • 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,
  • 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
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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software engineering and knowledge management; broadening participation in computing; computer science, cybersecurity, and engineering educationeducation