Centralia College professors Dr. Susanne Weil has received The Evergreen State College 2016 Teacher Excellence Award. The award recognizes teachers who have “had significant impact on the lives of students.” Teachers are nominated by incoming students at The Evergreen State College.
For Dr. Weil, her nomination was a surprise.
“I’m very surprised, but very pleased,” said Dr. Weil. “The student who nominated me was a wonderful, hard-working student in one of my English 102 classes several years ago. I’m delighted she thought to nominate me for this honor!”
Dr. Susanne Weil earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California-Berkeley in 1991 and her B.A. in English and Psychology from Swarthmore College in 1980. She directed the writing program at Whittier College in Southern California from 1991 to 2004, when she moved to Centralia College to serve the mission of making a quality higher education affordable for everyone. In all of her classes, she encourages students to build confidence as writers by breaking down projects, whether research-based or creative, into do-able stages that they expand on throughout the quarter.
Dr. Weil teaches the transfer composition courses English 101 and 102, as well as a wide array of literature courses, including American Literature, The Great American Novel, Short Fiction, Science Fiction, Non-Western World Literature, and Women’s Literature.
Her academic publications have focused on Mark Twain’s literary responses to bankruptcy; her most recent paper will be anthologized in Mark Twain and Money, which will be published by University of Alabama Press this summer. She also focuses on how women’s work has been represented in literature and co-edited a 2011 critical anthology on this subject.
Among her own lifelong learning projects is beekeeping. She volunteers as secretary of the Lewis County and Washington State Beekeepers’ associations and includes demonstration projects on honey bees in her research and argument courses.
She won Centralia College’s Exceptional Faculty Award in 2008.