Susan Chizeck, PhD

INS12-Chizeck 3408.jpgSenior Lecturer II

I have a wide interdisciplinary background, which fits in perfectly with my position in Interdisciplinary Studies. My professional odyssey began at Douglass College of Rutgers University where I received the Mabel Smith Douglass Scholarship which financed my entire college education. After blowing up many experiments in chemistry class, I abandoned my pre-med studies and returned to an interest in art history, which led me to Oriental art, and hence to study Japanese language and culture at Princeton University as a National Defense Foreign Language Scholar. Thus by the time I received my BA in History in 1969, I had studied equally at a woman's college and an all-male (2500 men and 30 women) institution, as well as lived in Japan and NYC each for many months, learning to immerse myself in diverse cultures.

After time in Tokyo where I studied and worked as an English teacher and translator, I earned a MA in Asian Studies from Stanford, and then an MA in Sociology from Princeton.  I served as a consultant for the NJ State government in research and MIS for child welfare programs.  Jen Ping Wang and I became the first job-sharing team in the NJ State government, another pioneering effort.  From there I was recruited into the PhD program in Social Work at Rutgers University, specializing in policy and economics, and completed my dissertation on Social Functioning in Schizophrenics. By that time I was Assistant Director of an innovative residence for schizophrenics and also did consulting on non-profit management. I married and moved to Dallas, Texas, where I began a health education consulting firm with a nurse which supplied wellness and management programs to businesses and did extensive free-lance writing.

In 1985, I began teaching in the School of Social Sciences at UT Dallas.  In 1986, I moved to the UT Dallas School of Interdisciplinary Studies to serve as Director of the Internship Program. In my position as Director, I use my diverse talents supervising students doing internships in all fields. I also teach our core course in writing and critical thinking.  I am particularly interested in research on ways of coping with chronic illness. I hold licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Social Worker (Advanced Clinical Practice), and Hypnotherapist, although I do not currently maintain a practice.   In addition to the student internship course, I supervise independent studies with students in the fields of health, policy, and management issues.

I formerly was active in the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and served for eight years as the Editor of NSEE Quarterly www.nsee.org.  I also served as the Chair of their Publications Committee and Chair of the Faculty special interest group.  I am a member of the Experiential Education Academy (EEA), earned through course work and experience.

UTD Committees

  • Medical School Admissions
  • Library Committee

External Service

  • Public Affairs officer, Richardson Chapter, AAUW, also write monthly women's issues column for newsletter
  • Exercise instructor, Fretz Park Recreation Center