Michael Lee M.S.

Michael Lee, M.S.

MA in Health & Human Services - Adjunct Associate Professor


Dr. Michael Lee is a writer, researcher, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in community-based health and human services. Michael holds a B.A. in English and M.S.W. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. He has taught blended and online graduate courses at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for six years and lectures in the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. Michael has been a grant writing consultant for several Twin Cities nonprofits and is presently researching and writing his first book, a biography of journalist and bestselling author Randy Shilts (And the Band Played On).

  • Areas of Expertise


    LGBTQ health disparities

    Nonprofit fund development

    Social welfare policy

    Research methodologies

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    HS 713: Aging, Illness, and the Continuum of Care

    HS 710: Advanced Writing, Research, and Communication

  • Education

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 

    Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (2015)

    Dissertation title: “Systemic Change in a Community-Based HIV/AIDS Organization: A Case Study Examining the Response to Affordable Care Act Reforms”

    Michigan State University

    Master of Social Work (2003): Organizational & Community Practice

    New York University Summer Publishing Institute (2000)

    Michigan State University

    Bachelor of Arts: Literature in English (1999)

  • Experience

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota: 2012 - Present

    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: 2012 - Present

    St. Cloud State University: 2011 - 2012