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Suzie Tousey: From Police Officer to Grantham Instructor

Suzie Tousey, Criminal Justice Foundations FacultyAt 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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