Shannon Christen-Syed (she/her) 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. Currently, she teaches Africans Studies sections of English courses (College Writing I and II) and mostly online Africana Studies courses including Black Experience I and II, The Legacy of Slavery, The Underground Railroad, and Oral & Written Discourses. Her primary research and specializations include African American literature, history and culture, diversity and social justice education, composition and eLearning pedagogy.
She also provides a variety of citizenship to Kent State by serving as an academic hearing officer for student cheating/plagiarism cases in the Office of Student Conduct and serving as the faculty advisor for UHURU Magazine, one of Kent State's award-winning student publications that “promotes innovation, creativity and culture through the voice of marginalized students on campus with a history of Pan-African teachings focusing on the plight of all students around the globe.”
Professor Christen-Syed is very passionate about teaching and learning. Here is her ever-evolving philosophy of education:
- All students can be literate members of a diverse and inclusive society with the ability to communicate effectively in everyday life.
- All students can develop the critical thinking, reading, composing, research and multimodal 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 and inclusive instructional materials, strategies and environments enhance learning.
- Teaching is an art, as well as a craft, and the teacher-student relationship is at its heart.
- Kindness offered by honesty challenges continual growth.