Suzanne Knezek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Education: Michigan State University, Ph.D., MA, BS

Research Interests: Representations of diversity in children's and adolescent literature, literacy teacher education, and field experiences for preservice and practicing literacy teachers.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Working with students is the best part of my job.  Whether they are undergraduate or graduate students, I always enjoy learning from and engaging with my them.  They inspire me every day and they (along with their future students) are why I am here.

Who has had the greatest influence on your career?

Early on my professors at M.S.U., including  P. David Pearson, Susan Florio-Ruane, and Jenny Denyer taught me about the joys, mysteries, and challenges of scholarly inquiry.  Later, Laura Apol and my colleagues on M.S.U.'s children's literature team inspired me to find ways to be brave and try to do the work that I most wanted to do.  Today scholars like Debbie Reese, Rudine Sims Bishop, Violet Harris, and Thomas Crisp continue to blow my mind and help me think about all that still needs to be done.

•Lawrence D. Kugler Academic Advisor Excellence Award
•Summer Course Design Fellowship
•Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Current Projects
•Women and Girls in STEM Fields: Investigating Representations in Award-Winning Children's Non-Fiction
•Christopher Paul Curtis Writing Adventure
•Little Free Library, Literacy, and Food in Flint (in development)