Faculty Distinguished Service Award Winner 2016

Created by the Provost in 2002, the award recognizes faculty members with a record of sustained and distinguished service at CMU. Learn more about the Faculty Distinguished Service Award​.


Dr. Carl Lee is ​Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science and Engineering.  In his over 28 years of teaching, he has taught a variety of courses ranging from introductory level, applied statistics, to PhD level courses.  He has been an active member of the CMU faculty; contributing to​ his profession, college, department, and to CMU's students.  He has supervised 10 to 20 students (undergraduate and graduate) conducting research projects that resulted in presentations at CMU's SRCEE every year since 2007, the most number of SRCEE projects supervised by a faculty in the Department of mathematics every year since 2007. He also co-supervised sixteen PhD dissertations, the most number of PhD dissertations supervised by a faculty at the Department of Mathematics.

He is affiliated with the American Statistical Association, International Statistical Institute, International Chinese Statistical Association, American Society of Quality, and Consortium for the Advancement on Undergraduate Statistics Education. He was the recipient of the "Outstanding Research Award" from the College of Science & Technology in 2014 and in 2009.  He was First Place of 1st Education Team Excellence Competition organized by the American Society of Quality, 2007. And in 2006 he received the President Research Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishment at Central Michigan University.

Carl Lee is a leader in assessment activities within Central Michigan and is also recognized in regional and national professional organizations. He served as the President of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) (1999-2004). His service was recognized by ASA with an Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in 2001. He was also founder of international Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (Known as USPROC) in 2006 and served as the competition chair until 2014. He is now a Steering Committee member to oversee the competition. This competition has significant impact to promote undergraduate statistics nationwide. He states that "My involvement in assessment includes serving as the university assessment coordinator for two years, chairing the university assessment council and overarching educational goals committee for four years, and leading the department assessment activities for five years."  Dr. Lee developed the Graduate Certificate program in Data Mining in 2007, which was the first data mining program in the State of Michigan.  He also developed the Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics in 2014 for meeting the needs of big data analytics in the modern society. This program is one of a kind in the State of Michigan.

In his teaching Philosophy, Dr. Lee mentions his devotion to investigating how students learn statistical concepts. He finds this demanding, exciting, but most of all rewarding.  He notes that "Confucius said 200 years ago 'Learning without thinking, one will soon be confused; Thinking without doing, one can never completely understand the material'. This statement has a great impact on my teaching. My teaching philosophy and methods have evolved through these many years. I believe that students learn better (1) when they are actively involved in the process of learning, (2) when they are engaged in activities that are related to their own experiences, not strictly those activities that we, as teachers, think are interesting, (3) when they see the big picture and how the big picture relates to them, and (4) when they are properly assessed of their knowledge learned."