At Grantham, we value finding the right instructor for each program, especially when it comes to giving our students exactly what they need to grow their careers. Suzie Tousey, a Criminal Justice Foundations Faculty member at Grantham University, is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement who wanted to give back through the power of teaching others. She is able to apply her real-world experience and passion for the law toward providing her students with the best possible education.
We had a chance to get to know Tousey a little better and learn more about her life, her career, and her thoughts about obtaining a higher education.
Grantham University: What brought you to Grantham?
Suzie Tousey: I was a police officer for years and wanted to start teaching criminal justice classes. After I completed my master’s degree, I started looking for a teaching position and found an opening for a Criminal Justice Foundations Faculty position. After doing some research about Grantham, I submitted my application and in 30 minutes received a phone call asking to set up an interview. All the reviews I read about Grantham were positive. I thought that said a lot for the University, so here I am.
GU: What do you like best about being a member of the faculty at Grantham?
ST: The atmosphere at Grantham is full of energy and kind people who go out of their way to help you.
GU: How do you provide support to your students?
ST: I give feedback on their work by providing them with examples or resources they can use to improve their abilities. I am flexible when life happens and they need to turn in their work a little late or early. Using the VIP²® (Visible, Immediate, Personal, Proactive) methodology sets us, as a university, apart from all other universities that do not practice this philosophy.
GU: How does a degree from Grantham help people accomplish their goals?
ST: Obtaining a higher education enhances a person’s opportunities to seek better-paying positions and helps individuals process and problem solve better because they have more tools in their tool belt than an individual who has not acquired a degree.
GU: Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about going back to school?
ST: There are many things in life that you can achieve and then lose, but once you have earned a higher education, no one can take that away from you.
GU: Do you have a particular research concentration?
ST: I will be researching the health and safety issues of law enforcement dispatchers working 12-hour shifts.
GU: What is your proudest accomplishment?
ST: Completing my degrees while working two and sometimes three jobs along with raising three children as a single mother. I can tell our students that if I can do what I did, so can they.
GU: What are you most passionate about?
ST: I am passionate about saving children and animals from abusive situations.
GU: What drives you in life?
ST: I want to learn new things and see new places, I want to live like today is my last day. I cherish my family, and sometimes find myself looking around at my family and friends thinking how lucky I am to have them in my life.
When I am on my land in the country during the night and the world seems to stand still, I lay in the back of my pickup truck with my little Chihuahua (Bug) and look up at the starts thinking what a speck I am down here. I think about how insignificant I must seem to the world as a whole. I also believe in what kind of impact I can make while I am here. Changing one life at a time, whether it is saving a child, an animal or helping a student get through their course; those little contributions can have a ripple effect on someone’s life.
GU: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
ST: I don’t follow the beaten path; I make my own way.
GU: If someone were to tell your story, what would you want them to know about you?
ST: That I want to give back as much as I receive in life.
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