Shannon Christen-Syed holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master’s in English from Kent State University. She has experience teaching at both the high school and college levels. At the college level, she teaches face-to-face Pan-African sections of English courses (College Writing I and II) and online Pan-African Studies courses ranging from The Legacy of Slavery to Oral & Written Discourses. Her primary research and specializations include African American literature, Diversity and Social Justice Education, and Composition and e-Learning pedagogy.
Professor Christen-Syed is very passionate about teaching and learning. Here is her philosophy of education:
- All students can be literate members of a diverse society with the ability to communicate effectively in everyday life.
- All students can develop the thinking, reading, composing, and speaking skills necessary to participate successfully in the public sphere as students, workers, citizens, and life-long learners.
- Participation in a learning community fosters social, civic, emotional, and intellectual growth.
- Diverse instructional materials, strategies, and environments enhance learning.
- Teachers are leaders and inventors; students are volunteers and workers.
- Teaching is an art, as well as a craft, and the teacher-student relationship is at its heart.
- B.A. in English, Kent State University, 1998
- M.A. in English, Kent State University, 2002
- M.A. in Teaching, Kent State University, 2004