Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador 2016 – Nassau Community College: Susan A. Maurer
Susan A. Maurer teaches courses in Western Civilization, World History, History of the Ancient World, and Religion in World History at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. In addition to teaching these courses on campus, she also teaches them in an online format.
Because many of her community-college students work full time in addition to caring at home for children, parents, or other family members, or are mature adults returning to school after completing military service or after their children have grown, Dr. Maurer has embraced the challenge of creating and teaching effective, academically rigorous online courses to better serve the needs of these students and others who, for a variety of reasons, cannot easily accommodate an on-campus schedule. She has seen how successfully students are able to complete their distance-learning courses, and how much they appreciate the opportunity to succeed in this alternative, but equally challenging and stimulating online environment.