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Oksun Lee, Ph.D., a native of Korea, is a professor and coordinator of art education. She also serves as assistant chair in the Department of Art, College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Lee has diverse teaching and research experiences as an art teacher, museum educator, and faculty in higher education. She was also an elementary art/classroom teacher in Korea before continuing her education in the United States. 

She is a founding member of the Asian Art and Culture Issue Group at the National Art Education Association and serves as the chair of the Higher Education and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Division of the Oklahoma Art Education Association. She co-edited Counternarratives from Asian American Art Educators: Identities, Pedagogies, and Practice Beyond the Western Paradigm (Routledge, 2023) and Pedagogical Globalization: Traditions, Contemporary Art and Popular Culture of Korea (InSEA, 2017).

Her current research involves border-crossing identity, Asian art education faculty identity, cross-cultural art education, post-qualitative research, and the representation of Asian art and culture in art education. She has given numerous presentations on her research and teaching at state, national, and international art education conferences.


Education and Certifications

Ph. D.       Art Education, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

M.Ed.       Elementary Art Education, Korea National University of Education, Korea. 

B.Ed.        Elementary Education, Minor, Elementary Art Education and Korean Painting.

     Gyeongin  National University, Korea

Program Evaluation Certificate, College of Education, The Florida State University.


Honors and Awards

2017    Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Fine Arts and Design,

  The University of Central Oklahoma

2017    Vanderford Teaching Award, The University of Central Oklahoma


Professional and Community Involvement

2020-23       Fine Arts Advisory Committee, Oklahoma State Department of Education

2020-23       A Board Member, Edmond Fine Arts Institute

2018-23      The Chair of the Higher Education Division,

                                   Oklahoma Art Education Association 

2017-23      A Board Member of Asian Art and Culture Issue Group

                                   National Art Education Association


Classes Taught

  • ART 2012    Introduction to Art Education 
  • ART 3013    Career Options in Art and Art Education (online)
  • ART 3302    Teaching Art for Children
  • ART 4843    Elementary Art Education Methods
  • ART 4853    Secondary Art Education Methods
  • PTE 4848     Art Student Teaching K-12
  • Master Graduate Thesis/Project

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