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Susan Brooks

Job Titles

  • Department Chair, Professor of English
    English , College of Arts and Sciences


Teacher conceptions of literature and how they are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory; Student engagement

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.A., 1986
  • Mankato State University - M.S., 1994
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 2010


Brooks grew up in northern Wisconsin earned her original degree and teaching license at Bethel, returning to become a professor after a dozen years teaching high school and middle school English. She lives in Bloomington with her lovable but needy labrador retriever and her husband. They have two children who are in the process of moving into adulthood--a joyful adventure for the whole family!

Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Literature
  • College Writing
  • Methods of Teaching English
  • Great Writers: An Introduction to Literature
  • Preparing the Methods Thesis/Project


Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching--2016


Brooks, S. (2015) Invited Guest Blogger.  Scenarios and Case Studies Contextualize Abstract Concepts.  Bethel University Faculty Development Blog.  https://blogs.bethel.edu/faculty-development

Brooks, S. with Bacigalupa, C., Lensmire, T., Nathan, R., and Snaza, N. (2014). Chapter in Anti-racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and Writing. Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse.

Brooks, S. (2015). Information is not Enough: Facilitating Reflection and Changing Beliefs. Minnesota English Journal. http://minnesotaenglishjournalonline.org/

Brooks, S. (2012). Looking on the Brighter Side: Vampire Free Reading for Teens. MCTE Newsletter. 52: 2. pp. 3-4.


Brooks, S. (2014). Invited Presenter. What I Learned about Teaching, Period, by Teaching Online. Primetime Series. Bethel University Library. 

Brooks, S. (2014). Just the Facts? Finding and Using Expository Texts in Ways that Will Enhance, not Replace your Curriculum. Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Convention, Duluth, Minnesota.

Brooks, S. (2013). Fostering Creativity in the Classroom—A Two-Day Workshop. Bethel University, Arden Hills, Minnesota. 

Brooks, S. (2012). Helping Students Make Meaning Through Response Activities. Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Convention. St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Board Member, Minnesota Council of Teachers of English

Member, National Council of Teachers of English

Hobbies and Interests

Canoeing, Camping, Hiking, Gardening, Church Activities


From The Talmud--"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."