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Susan Oaks

I mentor students in all areas of study and teach a course in prior learning assessment. I also teach in the areas of college writing, communication for professionals, proposal writing, creative writing, and literature. I have designed many online courses and created online textbooks (open educational resources) for some of those courses. I coordinate a program for employees of a major non-profit organization. I am usually involved in a special project; projects have ranged from co-creating writing resources to co-creating a competency-based course for adult learners. I received a national Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching, a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the following ESC awards: James William & Mary Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation, Excellence in Mentoring award, Susan H. Turben Chair in Mentoring. 


  • Ph.D. in American Literature 1865-1914 from New York University
  • M.A. in English from University at Albany - State University of New York
  • B.A. in English / Secondary Education from Elmira College


  • AACE Ed Media + Innovate Conference, “Awarding Credit for Experiential Learning: Innovative and Flexible Approaches for Online Students,” with Deborah Smith
  • CAEL Conference, “Recognizing Prior Experience: The Intersection of PLA and CBE,” with Nan Travers and Jenny Yu
  • College Writing OER textbook Educational Planning OER textbook
  • Book Chapter, “Educational Planning at Empire State College: Fluidity vs. Structure, Process vs. Product” in Creative Tensions in Progressive Education: A Case Study in Challenge and Change, ed. Alan Mandell, Katherine Jelly. Sense Publishers.
  • Book Chapter, “The Promise of ePortfolios for Student Learning and Agency,” with Candyce Reynolds, Cathy Buyarski, Terrell Rhodes, in The Field Guide to ePortfolio, AAC&U,Fall 2016
  • AACE Global Learn Conference, “Self-Assessment and Formative Assessment using Rubrics in an ePortfolio Environment,” with Betty Hurley
  • Book Chapter, “Individualized Undergraduate Curricula at SUNY Empire State College,” in The College Curriculum, Peter Lang, 2013