Meet June Lee, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences.
When did you start at UMD?
I started UMD in August of 2016 as an associate professor in the Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences program of the Department of Applied Human Sciences.
Why did you choose to work at UMD?
I chose to work at UMD because I loved the faculty support and department atmosphere I experienced during my campus interview. AHS staff, faculty and students then really made me feel welcomed and I felt connected to them.
What do you like most about your job?
There are several things I like a lot about my job. I like how being a professor has a preliminary structure, but also allows some flexibility and creativity to play into success. I like being a professor at UMD because it allows me to teach the subject area that I am trained for and like to teach, has great collegiality, and space for my students and me to learn and grow as human beings.
What is your research focus?
My research focus has been examining the effectiveness of population-based physical activity interventions that integrate innovative technology (e.g., exergaming, mobile apps, virtual reality exercise, etc). I looked at how these interventions improve children’s physical activity behaviors and their psychosocial outcomes and since working at UMD, my population of interest expanded to adult populations.
Do you have any advice for students?
I would advise my students to explore, take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes both in and outside of classrooms. I think exploring themselves and embracing themselves is fundamental in making good decisions in their life journey.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to take dance classes and just started to cross-country ski with my friends since last winter. I also spend time playing my guitar which I took up during the pandemic, and I love to travel. But I also like to binge watch TV shows on my couch!