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Lee Receives UMass Lilly Teaching Fellowship to Design Health Informatics Course

Sunghoon Ivan Lee
Sunghoon Ivan Lee

College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Assistant Professor Sunghoon Ivan Lee has been selected as a 2021–2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst Lilly Teaching Fellow, a program that enables promising early-career faculty to develop and expand their expertise in undergraduate teaching while pursuing outside scholarly activity.

Each year, UMass selects just eight fellows from a large pool of nominees, focusing on those who “demonstrate considerable promise in teaching and scholarship, an understanding for student perspectives in teaching, strong interest in undergraduate student success, and a commitment to developing high-impact teaching practices.” Selected fellows are provided with support from the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning in developing or redesigning an undergraduate course. With his fellowship, Lee will design the foundational course for the health informatics concentration currently under development at CICS.

“I envision this course as a comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to health informatics,” Lee says. “This course—and the health informatics concentration at CICS—will help students at UMass Amherst explore opportunities in clinical and health sciences, clinical data analytics, and technology-assisted personal health informatics.” 

During their fellowship year, participants attend regular seminars on pedagogy, and complete a teaching portfolio that includes work with mentors. After the fellowship year, faculty will demonstrate leadership on the topic of teaching by participating in teaching-related workshops, collaborating on teaching evaluation projects, or participating in other teaching-related roles and functions on campus.

“In his role as a member of our informatics degree program committee, Lee has demonstrated a strong commitment to strengthening our educational programs in information sciences,” says James Allan, chair of the faculty at CICS. “This effort to develop the foundation course for our health informatics concentration will be another tremendous stepping stone for our college.”

Since joining the CICS faculty in 2016, Lee has received a 2018 NSF Research Initiation Initiative award, the 2018 NIH Trailblazer Award for Young Investigators, and has published 54 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings. His work has won a number of article awards, best paper awards, best demo awards, and runner-ups at venues including IEEE TNSRE, IEEE JBHI, ACM SenSys, and ACM MobiSys. Lee is currently an academic editor of PLOS ONE and an associate editor of the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He is also serving as a member of the Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.