Heera LeeLecturer; Faculty Co-Director, Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM)
Public speaking can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re speaking to an audience in your non-native language. It can also be difficult for educators to identify these anxieties among their multilingual students. Since successfully completing her dissertation on these topics, Dr. Lee continues to investigate contributing factors to the public speaking anxiety and foreign language speaking anxiety among English language learners by analyzing their cognitive self-report, non-verbal behaviors, and physiological data, including electrodermal activity to help instructors provide personalized emotional and instructional scaffolding for each student. Her additional research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), educational technologies, and affective computing for English language learners (ELLs) from diverse cultures. These interests stem from her 4-year teaching experience as an instructor in the English Language Institute and 2-year Teaching Assistant in undergraduate programs at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.