- D.M.E., Doctor of Music Education, Indiana University, 1998
- M.S., Master of Science, Indiana University, 1978
- B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Indiana University, 1973
Lissa Fleming May is associate dean for faculty affairs, research, and creative activity (interim), professor of music education, and interim chair of the Guitar Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
She served previously as the Jacobs School's director of undergraduate studies. Her responsibilities have also included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and placing and supervising student teachers of music.
As a jazz educator, she served as Jazz Band director at Oakland University, Michigan, while also serving as supervisor of fine arts for the Waterford School District. She is a former faculty member in band and jazz studies at Purdue University, where she directed the Purdue Jazz Band for its tour of Japan and China.
May's publications include Getting Started with Jazz, compositions for band and jazz ensemble, and music education research. She has made appearances as a clinician and guest conductor in 15 U.S. states, Brazil, and China.