Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Reichi Lee was a recipient of the 2017 Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) Excellence Awards. An Academic Support colleague recommended she be highlighted in the Veteran ASP Spotlight Series. Let’s learn about Reichi! (Goldie Pritchard)
Q: Please indicate your full name, title, and institution of employment.
Associate Professor & Director, Academic Development
Golden Gate University School of Law
Q: Please briefly describe your ASP work including length of time associated with it and what initially stimulated your interest.
I’ve been in ASP for over 11 years, first as an adjunct teaching skills courses, then Assistant Director of Academic Development, and now as Associate Professor and Director, teaching skills and doctrinal courses, and overseeing a comprehensive academic support curriculum.
ASP work has become increasingly relevant and has transformed dramatically in the last decade. I love being a part of an ASP community that is proactively tackling the challenges of educating contemporary law students through constant adaption and innovation.
Q: Which aspect(s) of ASP work do you enjoy the most? What would you consider your greatest challenge thus far and how have you overcome the challenge?
My favorite part of the job is seeing a student who had struggled but worked hard to turn things around, alongside his or her family on graduation day.
My greatest challenge has been reconciling my own career ambitions and expectations from my youth, with being a mother, and finding the right mix of intellectual fulfillment, career advancement, and work-life balance – all in the context of an acceptable salary for survival in the Bay Area!
Q: What do you want your professional legacy to be?
Making an impact in someone’s life so that they can have a better life.
Q: What motivational advice or encouragement would you offer to new and/or midcareer ASPers or law students?
A law degree is not just a degree. For some students, obtaining a law degree means transforming an entire family and community, for generations to come.
To new students: when things get tough, pull out your admissions personal statement and re-read it. Remember, your struggle today is ultimately about so much more than just grades.
To new/midcareer ASPers: although the day-to-day may feel less than glamourous and you might have to work hard to be seen and valued - your work has much greater impact than you may think. I thank you!