Susan McGrade

Susan McGrade

Professor of English

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2358

Cell Phone: N/A


Office: Academic Center, Room 256

Class Information

Fall 2016

HUM3140: Children’s Literature

HUM3310: Interpretation of Fiction

HUM3330: American Literature (2 sections)

HUM3380: Shakespeare

Office Hours:

  • MWF: 9:30-10, 11-1, 2-4:15
  • TR 11-12:30, 3:15-4:15


College of General Studies

Academic Advisor Roles

General Studies, NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Advisor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2012)
  • Masters, English, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (2002)
  • Bachelor’s, English, Earlham College (1996)

Professional Experience

  • IPFW, Teaching Assistant
  • Earlham College, Literacy and Tutoring Coordinator (AmeriCorps position)
  • Bishop Luers, Latin Teacher

Selected Publications/Presentations


  • “Integrating Literature and Problem-Based Learning in a First-Year Engineering Academy.” IEEE Conference Proceedings. June 2016.
  • Co-author with Dr. Monique Ross, “An Exploration into the Impacts of the National Society of Black Engineers on Student Persistence.” IEEE Conference Proceedings. June 2016.
  • “The Ways of White Folks as a Literature and Pedagogy of White Exposure” Published in Remarkings, Special Langston Hughes Edition, January 2014. Guest edited by Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University.


  • “Beginning Learning on Privilege, Racism, and Community Action by Segregating” 2013 Cohen Peace Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (co-presenter with Dr. Ruby Cain et. al)
  • “Strange Bedfellows: Coupling Math and English in Developmental Cohorts” 2012 International Conference on the First Year Experience, Vancouver, BC
  • “It Is Well With My Soul: African American Family and Historical Research “ 2011 Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
  • “Social Class and Performances of White Femininity in Hughes’ Ways of White Folks” 2011 American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA
  • “Tech LEADS Initiative: Learning Communities for Students at Risk” (Invited) 2010 Indiana TRIO Conference, Fort Wayne, IN

Additional Information


Award for Outstanding Contributions to the College of General Studies, 2016
Faculty Member of the Year, 2014-2015
Outstanding Student Organization Award (Advisor), 2015
Outstanding Student Organization Award (Advisor), 2014
Outstanding Student Organization Award (Advisor), 2013
NSBE Advisor of the Year, 2012-2013
Outstanding Dissertation Award in English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012
40 Under 40 in Northeast Indiana, 2012
Faculty Member of the Year, 2010-2011
Sig Ep Faculty Member of the Year, 2005
“Does It Positively Impact Students?” Award, 2005
“Does It Positively Impact Students?” Award, 2004