Susan has been a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community for more than twenty years. She loves the intellectual energy of campus and working to provide life changing experiences for college students – both inside and outside the classroom. A favorite aspect of her role is overseeing the very popular semester-long course called The Art and Science of Human Flourishing. Integrating regular mindfulness and meditation practices, the class centers students in creating their own recipe for flourishing and developing a personal meditation practice to support both individual and community well-being. Susan also works with many campus units and universities nationally and internationally to share the Centers’ empirically validated strategies around well-being.
Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Susan worked for the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Wisconsin School of Business, and the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Over the years, she has worked with faculty, alumni, campus and international partners to develop and manage international academic programs in the biological, health and environmental sciences, as well as many business disciplines -- creating transformative experiences for UW-Madison students in more than 25 countries around the world.
She has a teenage son and a Labradoodle and spends as much time as she can biking, hiking, skiing, traveling, cooking and practicing yoga.
Master of Science from UW-Madison in Higher Educational Administration with a concentration in international and comparative education
Bachelor of Arts from UW-Madison in International Relations
What does well-being mean to me?
"For me, well-being is a sense of inner calm and “grounded-ness” and having meaningful connections with the people around me."