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Michael Lees, assistant professor, received a PhD in Global and Comparative Education from Walden University. His research interests include examining the intersections of eastern and western spiritual, contemplative, and ecoliterate pedagogical approaches to learning for emerging adults in the higher education classroom. He teaches courses including: Buddhism, Taoism, Asian Religions, Religion and Culture: An Ecological Perspective, Native American Religions, Death, Dying, and the Afterlife, Creative Thinking, and Religions of the World. His publications include “The High School Student and the 21st Century College,” (in Education Psychology Interactive, 2013), “The Fall Creative Thinking Course (CRTH-151) Winds Down for the Semester,” (in Creative Thinking: A Chronicle, A Conversation, An Exploration, 2014), “The Creative Thinking Course (CRTH-151) So Far,” (in Creative Thinking: A Chronicle, A Conversation, An Exploration, 2013), “Creative Tides: Eastern and Western Steps into Uncertainty with Emerging Adults in 21st Century Higher Education,” (paper presented as workshop, "Contemplative Pedagogy Practices in the College Classroom," at the 5th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase, Montclair State University, 2014), “Ecoliteracy & Sustainable Pedagogy,” (paper presented at the 4th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase, Montclair State University), and “Effect of Contemplative Pedagogy on the Ecoliteracy of Undergraduate Public State University Students,” (in Proquest, 2017).