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Dr. Susan Hrach - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Susan Hrach

Professor of English / Faculty Center Director

English, Department of

Professor of English / Faculty Center Director

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Education - Higher Education, Leadership - Higher Education, Online Learning, Teaching

Education and Certifications

B.A., American Studies and German, University of Notre Dame, 1989
M.A., English, University of Alabama, 1991
Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 1998


Dr. Susan Hrach is the author of the 2022 Silver Nautilus Award-winning book _Minding Bodies: how physical space, sensation, and movement affect learning_ (WVU Press, 2021). As an undergraduate, she spent a year studying at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria, which shaped her lifelong interests in world literature, translation studies, and global education. Her experiences teaching internationally inform her on-going research and practice. In 2022-23 she is serving as Fulbright Canada Distinguished Research Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Since 2012 she has served as director of the Faculty Center and professor of English at Columbus State University in Georgia. Recognized by the University System of Georgia with a statewide Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, she has also served as a scholar for the USG’s Executive Leadership Institute. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and provides executive coaching within and outside of higher education, incorporating embodied strategies to support mental and physical wellbeing.

Academic Areas

Teaching and Learning: Experiential Learning and High Impact Practices
Leadership: Professional Coaching
Discipline-specific: Early Modern Literature, World Literature, and Translation Studies

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