Lee Skallerup Bessette

Learning Design Specialist

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

Lee Skallerup Bessette is a Learning Design Specialist at CNDLS, where she works on the design and development of online courses. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, and an MA and BA from the Université de Sherbrooke, both in Canada. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (and yes, she is bilingual and speaks French, and no, she doesn't have an accent). Her dissertation focuses on the translation and publication of a Québécoise poet into English. It is now a book, Found in Translation, published by University of Ottawa Press. She wrote for a long time for Inside Higher Ed under College Ready Writing, and she was also a contributor at ProfHacker. She became interested in technology, access, and pedagogy while she was a contingent faculty member at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She moved into faculty development at the University of Kentucky, and most recently came from University of Mary Washington, where she worked on their Domain of One's Own program. She also coaches swimming and has done a lot of freelance writing.