Teaching Philosophy

I have found teaching a tremendously rewarding experience, and I see it as a wonderful complement to my vigorous research program.  My teaching philosophy is focused on engaging students in learning climatic theories, phenomena, and processes with real-world examples.  In my teaching, I employ a mix of lecture, hand-on exercises, discussion, and individual/group presentations, as deemed appropriate for the subject matter.  I strive to weave together physical mechanisms with case studies, observational and modeling results, and the students’ own experiences of weather and climate around them.  Through these approaches I try to convey a more complete picture of the climatic subject at hand and also a different perspective on the climate system.

Courses Taught at WVU

Dr. Lee has developed undergraduate (GEOG 207), cross-listed (GEOG 317/517), and three graduate (GEOG 693C, 694P, and 693E) courses.  I have taught GEOG 207: Climate and Environment and GEOG 317/517: Climatological Analysis courses on a regular basis.  As graduate level courses, I have taught Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction, Monsoon Climate, and Climate System Modeling.

Climate and Environment (GEOG 207) Spring semester- Syllabus Fall 2014
: Processes of weather and patterns of climate and their interactions with human activities- This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to climatology, the study of the prevailing state of weather on planet Earth. Weather and climate processes influence environmental processes and human activities, and vice versa.

Climatological Analysis (GEOG 317/517) Spring semester- Syllabus Spring 2014
: Statistical analysis and interpretation of climatological data and application to physical and human problems across the globe- This course provides an overview of climatological data and statistical techniques commonly used to analyze the data. The course will focus on applying these data and techniques to understanding various climatic phenomena across the globe. For course materials, click here: Data page

Biosphere and Atmosphere Interactions (GEOG 693C)Syllabus Fall 2013
: This graduate course is designed for students who are interested in the large-scale biosphere and atmosphere interactions through biogeophysical processes. This course will explore on the effects of human-induced land cover/use changes (e.g. deforestation and irrigation) on the climate systems across the globe.

Monsoon Climate (GEOG 694P)Syllabus Fall 2014
: This course will discuss on the basic monsoon mechanisms and the monsoon systems across the globe including Asia, America and Africa, focusing on South (Indian) and East Asian monsoon regions.

Climate  System Modeling (GEOG 693E)Syllabus Fall 2016
: This course is based on hand-on climate model experiments using the intermediate complexity global climate model (Planet Simulator: PlaSim). The course will focus on installing and running of the PlaSim, and also analyzing the climate model to understanding various human and natural phenomena based on the students’ interests.