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Susan Oaks

School for Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic School:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Academic Department:
    Literature, Communication and Cultural Studies
    • 518-587-2100 ext:2409
    • Ph.D. in American Literature 1865-1914 from New York University
    • M.A. in English from University at Albany - State University of New York
    • B.A. in English / Secondary Education from Elmira College
    Subjects of Interest
    • Creative Writing
    • Educational Studies
    • Literature
    • Writing
    Professional Responsibilities / Bio

    I mentor students in all areas of study and teach a course in prior learning assessment. I also teach in the areas of college writing, communication for professionals, proposal writing, creative writing, and literature. I have designed many online courses and created online textbooks (open educational resources) for some of those courses. I coordinate a program for employees of a major non-profit organization. I am usually involved in a special project; projects have ranged from co-creating writing resources to co-creating a competency-based course for adult learners. I received a national Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching, a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the following ESC awards: James William & Mary Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation, Excellence in Mentoring award, Susan H. Turben Chair in Mentoring. 

    • AACE Ed Media + Innovate Conference, “Awarding Credit for Experiential Learning: Innovative and Flexible Approaches for Online Students,” with Deborah Smith
    • CAEL Conference, “Recognizing Prior Experience: The Intersection of PLA and CBE,” with Nan Travers and Jenny Yu
    • College Writing OER textbook https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-esc-wm-englishcomposition1/ Educational Planning OER textbook https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-esc-educationalplanning/
    • Book Chapter, “Educational Planning at Empire State College: Fluidity vs. Structure, Process vs. Product” in Creative Tensions in Progressive Education: A Case Study in Challenge and Change, ed. Alan Mandell, Katherine Jelly. Sense Publishers. http://tinyurl.com/hbptmfg
    • Book Chapter, “The Promise of ePortfolios for Student Learning and Agency,” with Candyce Reynolds, Cathy Buyarski, Terrell Rhodes, in The Field Guide to ePortfolio, AAC&U,Fall 2016