Embracing curiosity, connection, and well-being.
In 2022-23, I served as Fulbright Canada Distinguished Research Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Since 2012, I've been Director of the Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.
I'm committed to inclusive education through immersive, sensory experiences of linguistic and cultural diversity. I've been recognized by the University System of Georgia with a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. As an undergraduate, I spent a year studying at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria, which shaped my lifelong interests in world literature, translation studies, and global education.
I am also a member of the International Coaching Federation. I provide executive coaching as an Associate Certified Coach within and outside of higher education, incorporating embodied strategies to support mental and physical wellbeing.
Links to podcast interviews
The NAME It Podcast with Jonas Ogonowski, episode 17 (85 min.)
The importance of spaces in communicating belonging and supporting learning, and how re-imagining education is important for our collective capacity to address wicked global problems.
Intentional Teaching with Derek Bruff, episode 1 (37 min.)active learning spaces and how they can be used to support and enhance teaching and learning
Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning with Caitlin DeClercq, season 4, episode 6 (32 min.)how movement and space impact cognition and learning, and some of the dead ideas research debunks
Leading Lines with Leah Marion Roberts, episode 108 (42 min.)core understandings of bodies, how those principles play out in the classroom, and some very practical ways to enhance student learning
Lecture Breakers with Barbi Honeycutt, episode 91 (38 min.)place-based learning, immersive learning experiences, object-based learning, and sensory enhanced movement based activities
Think UDL with Lillian Nave, episode 63 (66 min.)neuroscience and brain efficiency, multi-sensory learning, how emotions influence learning, and the importance of noticing
Tea for Teaching with John Kane and Rebecca Mushtare episode 194 (39 min.)embodied cognition and how we can leverage sensory input and physical space to support learning
Press about Minding Bodies
OneHE Interview by James M. Lang: Minding Bodies
Macleans: Why Movement Is Critical to Learning
ACUE Expert Series: The Body as a Cognitive Resource with Dr. Susan Hrach
Top Hat: The Ultimate Summer 2021 Reading List for Professors, #3 Minding Bodies
The Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter: Students Aren't Brains on Sticks
We were honored to feature Dr. Hrach as our keynote workshop leader for our annual Teaching & Learning Symposium here at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her session was engaging, entertaining, and informative. The ideas she presented have really provoked thought among our faculty, and perhaps more importantly, have gotten people moving! Her presentation was the perfect catalyst for connecting mind and body and all its implications for any modality of instruction.
Georges Detiveaux, Associate Director, UHD Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence