Outstanding Southeastern Faculty & Staff

Dr. Susan Morrison

Dr. Susan Morrison

by Maddison Poteet

 

Dr. Susan Morrison is unyielding about encouraging prospective students to explore all Southeastern Oklahoma State University has to offer. “This is where you need to be,” she said with pride. “The smaller class sizes at Southeastern are a distinct advantage to new students. When it comes to getting an elementary education degree, we are proud of the fact that we offer more reading methods courses than probably any university in the state.”

Morrison, a professor of Educational Instruction and Leadership at Southeastern, grew up in Kingston, Okla. and graduated from Kingston High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration from Southeastern.  Afterwards, Morrison attended Texas A&M University – Commerce and earned her doctorate degree in supervision curriculum instruction. She taught public school in Texas and Oklahoma for 16 years prior to teaching in higher education, a natural progression in her career.

In her position at Southeastern, Morrison’s priority is teaching elementary education and reading methods courses and advising students. In addition, she mentors pre-service teachers on how to teach reading to young children. She was instrumental in improving the elementary education program at Southeastern by fashioning a program in which courses are more specific and focused on individual grade levels. The classes introduced in the new program include: Emergent and Development Literacy (Pre-K and K), Literacy in the Primary Grades (1-3), Literacy in the Intermediate Grades, and Adolescent Literacy.

With the principal goal to improve the lives of her students, Morrison has expanded her work on a course called “Diagnosis.” The goal of this course is to assist struggling readers in the community. Throughout the course, she mentors her students as they go to local public schools to diagnose students in need of assistance.

When she is not teaching, Morrison is conducting is performing research in her field. Her most recent research, along with Southeastern colleagues, explored technology integration in public schools. The Southeastern research team is studying the technology being implemented, as well as how it is being incorporated into classroom teaching.

Morrison is an active member of the Durant community; both her family and her husband’s family have deep roots in this area. Their three children are active in Durant schools, inspiring a great love for their community. Morrison attends most cheerleading, debate, band and sporting events. She leads a youth group at Community Christian Church in Durant, travels on mission trips, and has served on the board of directors for the Bryan County Pregnancy Center.

Dr. Susan Morrison has an obvious passion for the lives of her students, her family, and her community. This Southeastern professor exemplifies all of the things that make the Southeastern community so special.