July 1, 2014
English professor Susan Lang has been guided by an appreciation for words and technology on her unique journey as an Integrated Scholar.
Originally a student of British literature, Lang was in graduate school when she took advantage of an opportunity to work with computer networks. The experience spurred her interest in computers and writing, and led her to merge those subjects in her scholarship. Her research centers on data mining, hypertext theory and instructional design. Such emerging topics have helped to shape curriculum and policies for Texas Tech’s First-Year Writing Program, which she has directed since 2006. The program delivers hybrid courses (both online and in the classroom) to first-year students.
Lang takes a lead role in the courses’ production, from curriculum development to instructor training to the creation of assessment models. Aside from managing the writing program, Lang has channeled her skills in administration to service roles on university committees, including the Core Curriculum Committee, the Quality Enhancement Plan Development Committee, and the Writing Advisory Committee.
Outside of Texas Tech’s environs, Lang has worked with the theater group The Drama League of New York for about 20 years, eventually rising from volunteer website designer to the board of directors.
Integrated Scholars are faculty who dedicate themselves to a course of lifelong learning and advance Texas Tech's role in educating, serving and inspiring others to do the same.
Integrated Scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Faculty members who are Integrated Scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. Integrated Scholars publish results of their teaching innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, Integrated Scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals.