Terry Lee, Ph.D.

My Life in Stories. com

Watertown, MA


Professor Emeritus (2017)

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia



• Documentary journalism. Video documentary projects—"Wisdom of Age Project," documenting stories of elders, and documentary film web site: (www.risingpress.org).


• Filmmaking: "I Never Told Anyone That But You" (22 min). Available online.


• Filmmaking. "Your Love Never Fails" (21 min.), released 2013 by Terra Nova Films


• Editing (DoubleTake / Points of Entry (Johns Hopkins University Press), a national documentary and fine arts magazine/journal: 2006 and 2007, co-editor, layout designer). Project director for a U.S. Department of Education two-year grant ($100,000) underwriting the combined journal and magazine.


• Narrative journalism. News Reporting & Writing; Feature Writing and narrative journalism editor and coach.


• Journalism / Photojournalism. Taught for 20 years; former U.S. Air Force photographer. News & feature reporter Syracuse Newspapers.


• Literature Professor. British & American Literature; dissertation on John Milton's 1667 epic poem, Paradise Lost. Jungian psychological approaches to literature.


• Book Masculinity in American literature: A New Path at Midlife: Transformative Relationship and Story for Men (Men's Studies Press, 2006). A Jungian approach to understanding the meaning of stories and films that are important to men on a personal level.

Recent Publications


"Skilled Listening and Writing for Story: From Reminiscence to Story-Work with Elders' Stories," Educational Gerontology (42:6), 2016. Abstract available online.


"Centering the Student Psyche: Facilitating Psychotherapeutic Readings of Literary Texts," Radical Pedagogy (12:2), July 2015. Available online.


"Your Love Never Fails," documentary film on caregiving for elders. Director: Terry Lee, Rising Press Films. Distributed by Terra Nova Films, Chicago: 2013. Preview available online.


"Elder Documentaries: Student Initiative Means Community Connection at a Visceral & Emotional Level." Community Works Journal, Fall 2012. Available online.


"Getting to Know You: Using Documentary Video making to Challenge Ageist Stereotypes." Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 33: 272-286. (Fall 2012). Abstract available online.


"Intrepid Exploring: Looking Past Fears of Short-term Memory Loss in Aging to Deploy the Brain's Long-term Memories and—Wisdom." Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts 4:1-12, 2010. Abstract available online.

   NOTE: Three URLs for embedded documentary video content are included in the text. However, the URLs have migrated and can be found at:

Video 1: http://risingpress.org/life

Video 2: http://risingpress.org/life2

Video 3: http://risingpress.org/life3

Contact: TerryLee@mylifeinstories.com  • Home  • Watertown, MA