Susan Woollen has worked at Illinois State since 1991. She started her career in higher education as an admissions counselor at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987. During her tenure at Illinois State, she has served in the capacity of associate director of admissions in the Office of Admissions and as academic advisor, assistant to the chair, and, now, as director of undergraduate studies and enrollment management in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences (CJS).
Woollen has taught sections of IDS 122-First year Learning in Communities Seminar and several graduate courses in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. She facilitates a CJS study abroad course focused on genocide in Germany and Poland during World War II using a social justice and criminological lens. Woollen has published on women in the academic presidency, education reform, distance education, orientation practices, and test bias, and has presented her research at national education conferences.
She is actively involved in shared governance, serving her third term as a member of A/P Council. She is also a member of the Transfer Council and the College Student Personnel Administration Advisory Board. Susan serves as the CAST representative on the Culturally Responsive Campus Community Initiative and is a facilitator for the newly formed CAS/CAST Culturally Responsive Task Force. She is coordinating two retention programs that are designed to bridge the gap between exploration and student academic engagement for CJS sophomores.
Woollen is a 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration and foundations at Illinois State.
Read about all of the A/P Council award recipients here: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2019/02/a-p-council-names-award-winners/