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Columbia College Chicago
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan Marcus

Dr. Susan Marcus
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Susan Marcus came to Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and currently oversees the following areas that report to the Office of Academic Affairs:

  • Academic Initiatives
  • Center for Black Music Research
  • Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence
  • Information and Communications
  • Instructional Records and International Programs
  • Learning Studio
  • Semester in LA

Susan holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in gender and cultural studies; her dissertation concerned how to connect feminist praxis and theory to aid the movement to end violence against women. In addition, she holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Social Science undergraduate degree from Pace University. Happily, she is able to apply all that scholarship when teaching in Columbia’s interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program.

Prior to coming to Columbia Susan was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Santa Fe, at which she also previously served as Chair of the Department of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies and as Director of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. She began her academic administrative role as an advisor in adult student degree programs. Her first teaching opportunity was at NYU in its Continuing Education Division. Prior to her career in academe Susan was the Director of the Brooklyn Mediation Center.

Susan held a tenured associate professor appointment at the College of Santa Fe and developed and taught courses in peace studies, women’s autobiography, American social movements, conflict resolution and mediation, psychology of women, contemporary immigration to the U.S. and First-Year Seminar.   Her current research interests include the manufacture, distribution and consumption in Chicago of Cold War-related material goods.