Since 2008 and prior to becoming the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole served as Oregon State University’s Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement. As Associate Provost, she worked in close partnership with Student Affairs, academic units, and the Faculty Senate to guide the vision, development, and implementation of university-wide student success and engagement initiatives, with areas of particular focus including implementation of the First-Year Experience Initiative, membership on the Mental Health Initiative, and the cross-campus Experiential Learning Working Group. She also provided leadership for student services units in Academic Affairs and facilitated university-wide initiatives in academic advising. She frequently taught in the Academic Learning Services curriculum including “Academic Success Skills” and a U-Engage course, “Exploring Self-Identity and Community through Literature and Film.”
Prior to OSU, Brubaker-Cole served for eight years as Stanford University’s Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, leading academic advising, undergraduate research, honors programs, academically-themed living-learning programs, and graduate fellowships and scholarships advising. She also served for five years in Stanford’s Student Affairs Division as a live-in resident fellow, directing residential programming and student staff development for a freshman and sophomore residence.
She completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at Yale University in French literature with a focus on 19th- and 20th-century literature and Francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Comparative History of Ideas as a transfer student at the University of Washington.
She has lived and studied for a total of nearly five years across several regions of France. There her personal friendships and community connections with immigrant populations were foundational in shaping her scholarly and professional areas of interest in cross-cultural learning and educational equity. Her doctoral dissertation explored the impact of French colonialism in Africa on the culture and racial politics of metropolitan France, demonstrating how inter-War writers and artists questioned predominant ideologies of French national identity and imagined the possibility of an emerging French multiculturalism.
She is a native Oregonian hailing from Ashland, where her first job at age 15 selling programs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sparked her interest in theater and cultural studies. She now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and is passionate about social justice, food security, and environmental stewardship. She is a committed bike commuter and logs over 3,500 miles annually between home and campus, rain or shine.
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