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Lance Fusarelli and Hollylynne Lee Named Professors of Distinction

NC State College of Education Distinguished Professors Lance Fusarelli and Hollylynne Lee

Lance Fusarelli, professor of educational leadership and policy, and Hollylynne Lee, professor of mathematics and statistics education, have been selected as professors of distinction at NC State University. 

The professor of distinction designation honors tenured professors who have achieved recognition well above the criteria for the rank of professor and are considered to be among the best scholars in their fields. 

“It’s an honor to be named Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at NC State and without doubt, it’s one of the highlights of my career,” Fusarelli said. “I have benefited greatly from the mentorship I’ve received over the years as a graduate student and faculty member. I’ve been blessed to work with outstanding colleagues at NC State and elsewhere. This recognition is as much a tribute to them as to me and would not have been possible without their support. I’m eager to pay it forward to the next generation of scholars and leaders.”

“I am very excited and humbled to share this honor with my friend and colleague, Lance. I look forward to continuing to serve the land-grant mission of NC State and to making a lasting impact in the disciplines of mathematics education and statistics education,” Lee said. 

Fusarelli researches the politics of education, specifically federal education reform, with a focus on how those policies impact equity in education. He also researches the politics of school leadership, including principals and superintendents, and is the co-principal investigator on grants that support the College of Education’s nationally recognized Master of School Administration program. 

He has authored or edited seven books and more than 60 journal articles, had his work featured in national news outlets including USA Today, Education Week and the BBC, and has been awarded more than $11 million in grant funding. 

Lee has spent more than two decades researching the learning of statistics, probability and data science with the goal of understanding how students learn those concepts and how that learning translates into educational opportunities. She is currently engaged in multiple projects that aim to use this research to develop and disseminate online teacher education courses and materials.

She is one of three national finalists for Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, a biennial award that honors outstanding professors who have distinguished themselves as exceptional teachers and who have a proven record of having a positive, inspiring and long-lasting impact on their students.

Last year, Lee also received the 2020 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named an American Statistical Association Fellow
Both Fusarelli and Lee will carry the title of Distinguished Professor for the duration of their time at NC State. They join W. Dallas Herring Professor and Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Executive Director Audrey Jaeger as the current College of Education faculty who hold this level of recognition.