It (the Collaborative) was designed to get people talking, to cooperate. Initially, people wanted to protect their turf, their own work, their own institutions. But we’ve made a change in the way they’ve worked and talked to one another. Linking the private universities with the public has been good. It’s wholesome and healthy, and it’s working. ~E. Desmond Lee
The endowed professors in the Des Lee Collaborative Vision are quite unique. In addition to traditional teaching, research and scholarly obligations, professors in the Collaborative Vision spend at least half of their time engaged in community outreach and development in relation to their fields of study. Professors partner with each other and with one or more of the many community agencies in the St. Louis region and beyond. They pay special attention to the educational needs of underserved populations via creative processes, enhanced collaborations, shared best practices and a mindset that everyone deserves a challenging and fresh approach to obtaining a quality education.
Current Des Lee Collaborative Vision Endowed Professors
Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Teresa M. Fischer Endowed Professor for Citizenship Education
Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education
Judith Cochran, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education
Adeniyi Coker, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in African/African American Studies
Carmon Colangelo, MFA
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor for Collaboration in the Arts at Washington University
Michael Cosmopoulos, Ph.D.
The Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Endowed Professor in Greek Studies
Finn Esbensen, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Youth Crime and Violence
Hung-Gay Fung, Ph.D.
Dr. Y. S. Tsiang Endowed Professor in Chinese Studies
Sara Gehlert, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Racial & Ethnic Diversity at Washington University
James Gilsinan, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Collaborative Regional Education at Saint Louis University
Carl Hoagland, Ed.D.
Emerson Electric Company Endowed Professor in Technology and Learning
Dan Isom, Ph.D.
Professor of Policing & the Community
Patricia Kopetz, Ed.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Education for Children with Disabilities in connection with Variety, the Children’s Charity of Greater St. Louis
William Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Science Education
E. Louis Lankford, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Art Education
Bruce Lindsey, MFA
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor for Community Collaboration at Washington University
Laura Miller, Ph.D.
Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor in Japanese Studies
Janet Murray, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor for Developing Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs in International Business
Robert Nordman, MFA
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professor in Music Education
Kathryn Records, Ph.D.
Hubert C. Moog Endowed Professor at the College of Nursing
Jay Rounds, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Museum and Community History Studies
James Shymansky, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Science Education (II)
Todd Swanstrom, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Community Collaboration and Public Policy
Eamonn Wall, Ph. D.
Smurfit-Stone Corporation Endowed Professor in Irish Studies
Unfilled Des Lee Collaborative Vision Endowed Professorships
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Botanical Studies (search underway)
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Art Education in Contemporary Art (search underway)
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Entrepreneurship at Washington University
Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professorship in Community College Teaching, Administration and Leadership Academy
(Unless otherwise noted, professorships are at the University of Missouri- St. Louis.)