Lee Bailey

Lee Bailey

Title: Associate Professor
Company: Ithaca College
Location: Ithaca, New York, United States

Lee Bailey, Associate Professor at Ithaca College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

With more than 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Bailey retired in 2005, having been an associate and assistant professor in the department of philosophy and religion at Ithaca College since 1983. In addition to his primary roles, he was department chair from 1991 to 1993. One of the highlights of Dr. Bailey’s career was serving the Union Theological Seminary. It is known for liberal thinking, and it really awakened him to the depth of religion and the academic study of it. Getting tenure there was a great accomplishment for him. Another highlight has been working on a world religion textbook with his friend, Mary Pat Fischer. He finds being able to write about subjects he is concerned about to be extremely gratifying. Additionally, he benefited from psychotherapy. He considers the transformative experience to have been a wonderful awakening of the soul and conscience that helped him understand religions better.

Dr. Bailey began his career as a student at the University of Illinois, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1965. He then joined Union Theological Seminary, completing a Master of Divinity in 1970. He continued his studies at Syracuse University, earning a PhD in 1983. Dr. Bailey completed high school in Louisville, KY. While there, he and his family went to a local Presbyterian church and he was really inspired by the minister at the institution, who opened him up to religion. Later on, when his family was going through some tough times, the church was really helpful and supportive. Some of the men at the church ensured he went to college and got scholarships, which showed him the church at its best. He took his own path, choosing not to be ordained in favor of teaching. His first professional position was at a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania. He taught world religions there for a few years and expanded his background. He saw that the horizon of religious studies was broader than he had realized, and he decided to pursue it further.

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