Dr. Susan McGrade

Susan McGrade
Professor of English

College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2358

Email: semcgrade@indianatech.edu

Office: Snyder Academic Center, Room 256

Office Hours:

M: 12:30-1, 2:15-7, 7-8 (NSBE Meetings)
T: 10:30-11, 12:15-2:00
W: 12:30-1
R: 10:30-11, 12:15-2
F: Research at ACPL

Appointments Available upon Request

Class Information

HUM 2990: Family Stories, Family Histories

HUM 3180: Dramatic Literature

HUM 3360: African American Literature – Honors

Academic Advisor Roles

Arts and Sciences, NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Advisor

Academic Degrees

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

Professional Experience

  • Indiana University, Purdue University-Fort Wayne, 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.


  • “Individual and Communal Agency in Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad” 2017 Michigan College English Association, Eastern Michigan University
  • “Integrating English and Engineering Practices in First-Year English Courses” 2017 Humanities in STEM Environments Conference, Trine 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

Faculty Senate President, 2017-2019
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, 2011
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