Farrington College of Education Names New Director of Assessment

News Story: January 10, 2018
Susan Hall
Susan L. Hall

Sacred Heart University has named Susan L. Hall of Fairfield as director of assessment for the Farrington College of Education (FCE). Hall has more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where she was assessment coordinator for general education, assistant professor of English and a committee member in departmental retention and recruitment, curriculum, institutional assessment and faculty development.

Thomas V. Forget, FCE interim dean, said Hall will work with a faculty committee to plan and implement the use of assessment data and accrediting standards for continuous service improvement to future educators and the profession. “She will head the administrative oversight of those matters for the college and lead the college’s ongoing growth toward a culture of evidence and continuous improvement,” he said. Hall also will be appointed as an assistant clinical professor and will supervise professional staff, graduate assistants and work-study students for assessment/accreditation support.

“Upon joining the College of Education, my focus will be on continuing the excellent work that the faculty and staff have already done in preparation for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation site visit in February 2018,” Hall said. “After the site visit is concluded, I look forward to working with faculty and staff to build on the processes that are in place as we adapt to the ever-evolving field of education. I hope to use assessment data to showcase the programs’ strengths and to help recruit more educators to our programs.”

Prior to Cameron, Hall was a visiting professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and research and development coordinator at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She has presented more than 20 papers at national and international conferences and has written multiple literary critiques that have been published professionally. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee University, a master’s in English with honors from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a doctorate in English language and literature from Cornell University.

Hall said she is looking forward to joining SHU and particularly FCE because of its compelling vision and committed faculty and staff. “When speaking to faculty and staff, I was struck by their pride and optimism about the prospects of the College of Education. I think there’s a lot of positive energy in the college, and that really creates a welcoming environment,” she said. “Assessment is a dynamic process, as is the field of education. Innovative approaches are needed, and that’s one of the things that most excites me about the work.”