Each year Seattle Pacific welcomes new faculty members to our learning community. From respected scholars to emerging experts in their chosen academic fields, they bring rich ideas and experiences from around the world. But who are they?
Over the next several weeks, we'll introduce you to these stellar members of our community. First up are two professors in SPU's School of Business and Economics who challenge their students to think about "another way of doing business."
Assistant Professor of Management
Originally from South Korea, Don Lee brings an international flavor to SBE. He also brings an interest in missions, especially through education systems in the Third World.
Lee and his wife, Hyunzee, met in Korea while preparing a short-term mission trip to Cambodia, where Lee was involved in Vacation Bible School for the children in Phenom Pen and Batambang. In the United States, they've served at Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh in children ministries, on the praise and worship team, and in discipleship training for undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Lee has been interested in how to interpret business competition with a biblical view, and he's committed to developing new ideas on how competition in the market place operates within a Christian mindset. He says he's devoted to mutual learning with his students in the classroom and through research, and he looks forward to integrating faith and academics as he teaches in the School of Business and Economics.
Lee loves sports, including soccer and basketball; fishing; and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Trading in the glories of paradise for Seattle was not a hard choice for Geri Mason. After completing her doctorate in economics in Hawaii in 2010, the Northwest native — born and raised in Spokane, Washington — says she's actually excited to be back among the grey days and rain.
As an assistant professor of economics at SBE, Mason will teach macroeconomics, managerial economics, and issues in political economy. Her fields of emphasis are development economics and human resource economics — and she has a particular interest in microfinance as a means for poverty alleviation.
She has researched the challenges and innovations surrounding microfinance in China, and the impact of the political economy of China on the Chinese microfinance industry. Mason says her passion to impact the poor in developing nations has only been strengthened by her travels in China.
From a large family, Mason and her husband, Joshua, enjoy spending time with her 14 nieces and nephews. The couple also loves the outdoors; as time allows you can find them mountain biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, and "just exploring."