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Pliner Published on Student Learning

Susan M. Pliner Ed.D., associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment, has co-edited a new book titled, “Teaching, Learning and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education,” which was recently released in paperback by Peter Lang Publishing.

A collection of essays, “Teaching, Learning and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education” offers pedagogical strategies and methods for classroom practice that facilitate student learning, equitable classroom environments and a social justice agenda. The publisher says the book “utilizes the theory of intersectionality to focus on the divergent identities and experiences of marginalized groups.”

Pliner collaborated on the book with Mount Holyoke College’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College, Cerri A. Banks. The pair met at Hobart and William Smith, where Banks previously served as assistant professor of education and dean of William Smith College. Prior to releasing the book, Pliner and Banks partnered on an article about collaborative teaching in the Spring 2011 edition of New Direction for Teaching and Learning.

Additionally, the book contains a few chapters written by Hobart and William Smith students, faculty, and alums, including Amber Jackson ’13, Patrice Thomas ’13, Reina Apraez ’11, Jalisa Whitley’11, Katy Wolfe ’11, Ashley Rodger ’07, MAT ’08, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Neeta Bhasin, Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain and Associate Professor of English Anna Creadick.

Pliner’s research interests include multicultural and social justice education, teaching and learning theory and practice, and inclusive pedagogy. She is the author or editor of a number of publications, including “Learning about Whiteness in a First-Year Seminar: Challenging Self and Others” published in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and “Universal Instructional Design and Higher Education” and “Historical, Theoretical, and Foundational Principles of Universal Instructional Design in Higher Education,” both published in Equity & Excellence in Higher Education.

In addition to her role as associate dean, Pliner is the director of the Centennial Center for Leadership as well as an assistant professor in the education department. At HWS, Pliner was a member of the team, along with Banks, that developed the social justice studies minor and created the first social justice studies program foundations course.  She has previously served as associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership, director of the Speaking, Arguing and Writing Program at Mount Holyoke College, assistant dean and coordinator of disability support services at Brown University and project coordinator for disability services at Columbia University.

Pliner has a B.A. in secondary social studies education, a M.Ed. in special education, a CAGS in social justice education and an Ed.D. in human development. She has been working in higher education since 1990.