Dr. O. Susan Frusher, a tenured Professor of Education and has been in the educational field for over 30 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Studies from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Frusher’s teaching field includes multicultural education, leadership studies, instructional strategies, educational psychology, human growth and development, and motivation of learning. Additionally, she has served as interim associate dean of education at NSU and program chair of the Master in Science in Higher Education Leadership graduate program, and has been active in many committees, including the American Indian Heritage Committee.
Service and Scholarship
Dr. Frusher has presented and published at state, national, and international conferences. She was a member of the editorial board and has been a peer reviewer of the National Social Science Journal. Additionally, she has also been a program evaluator for federal grants, a grant recipient, involved in community outreach, engaged in collaborative projects with the Cherokee Nation, and has produced multimedia documentaries about various aspects of education and culture. Dr Frusher taught at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) campus Guaymas and the Prepa Tecnológico de Monterrey (High School) in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico during a sabbatical semester in 1993. She conducted two research projects with the U.S. Navy, including immersion aboard a naval destroyer during deployment. In 2012, Dr. Frusher was awarded an International Faculty Development Fellowship to attend a Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) faculty development seminar in Havana, Cuba. During the fall semester 2014 she served as a faculty academic advisor for the Indigenous Scholars Development Center at NSU. Professional organizations of which Dr. Frusher is a member include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Social Science Association, and American Association of University Professors. She has been a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Phi Delta Kappa, American Association of University Women, American Association of Curriculum Development, and Association of Teacher Educators, among other professional organizations. She was the recipient of the 2015 Dewberry award for Outstanding Faculty in Teaching, was awarded RiverHawk Recognition for leadership in 2015, and the President’s Model the Way award in 2017. Her research interests include leadership, multicultural education, and instructional strategies.