Susan Townsend has been named manager of instructional resources and the Academic Support Center at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood.
Townsend joins STLCC from Moberly Area Community College, where she served as the resource coordinator/advisor and an adjunct faculty member in the English department.
“Growing up, I always loved books,” she said. “I had aspirations of becoming a professor, so I began pursuing that career path after high school.”
Townsend started at Moberly Area Community College, where she earned an associate degree. Her love of reading led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University.
During her master’s program, however, she discovered a new passion. She realized she loved the library and wanted to work with academic resources.
Determined to achieve her goals, she returned to UM-Columbia in 2009. While pursuing her master’s degree in library science, she worked as a writing tutor and began teaching English courses.
“Information and language go hand-in-hand, and I love sharing my passion for reading and research with others,” she said.
In her new role at STLCC, Townsend will have the opportunity to do just that. In addition to helping students conduct research, she will work with Wildwood’s tutoring staff to ensure students receive the help they need to succeed in their classes.
“I’m excited to for this opportunity, and I look forward to building relationships with students and staff at STLCC-Wildwood,” she said.
Outside of work, Townsend enjoys spending time with her family, watching science fiction movies and reading. Her favorite books are Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassi,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” and Salman Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence.”
Her office is located in Room 105. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.