Susan Cowart

Susan Cowart

Adjunct Instructor

"I want to urge my students to grab on to their childhood dreams and bring those dreams to life, to take what begins as an interest and develop it into a passion, into a career that can change their lives and the world."

Degrees held:

  • M.A. in English – DePaul University, 2014
  • B.A. in English – Louisiana State University-Alexandria, 2012

Career highlights:

Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Wilbur Wright College, through DePaul University, 2014

"Medieval Maternity: Deconstructing Rites and Roles through Narratives," Presented at the 32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference, Saint Louis University, 2015

In which online degree programs do you teach?

All undergraduate certificates and degree programs.

Which classes do you teach online?

English Composition.

Why did you start teaching?

From a young age, I have had a fascination with reading, which was not just a pastime for me; it was a connection to real people from different places with different backgrounds than my own. As I got older, my fascination with literature grew into more than a passion, literature began to define who I was and what I wanted out of life. When I felt that initial spark for studying English as a child, I knew that I wanted to remain in this literary world and one day, teach English composition and literature to my own students. As a child, reading literature gave me a better understanding of other communities. As an adult, studying literature gives me a better understanding of the people from my community, my society, and it also teaches me how to change the world. I want to inspire my students the way that my professors inspired me. I want to urge my students to grab on to their childhood dreams and bring those dreams to life, to take what begins as an interest and develop it into a passion, into a career that can change their lives and the world.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

A mentor and friend once told me that what makes humans magical is that we have the ability to surpass ourselves. Anytime that I have a difficult or trying situation, I remember that we all have the ability to be exceptional.

What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?

One of the biggest barriers that I have found for students is the lack of confidence in their own intelligence and abilities. My advice to students is to understand the significance and difficulty of pursuing a degree, but also to understand that they are capable of excelling.

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