Make College Work for You

About Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez

Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez, Caterpillar Inc. Professor of English at Bradley University, has a doctorate in English, an M.B.A. in Management and Human Resources, prior work in management consulting, and a post-graduate certificate in higher education administration (with additional attention to minority and gender issues in higher education).

With experience at diverse institutions, Professor Brill de Ramírez is distinctly familiar with the challenges and needs of students at the full range of colleges and universities, including: community colleges, liberal arts colleges, private regional universities, large state universities, and distinguished private research universities.

Deeply committed to each student’s capacity to learn and succeed at the highest of levels, she is:

An innovator in teaching, Brill de Ramírez brings extensive experience in the areas of

Brill de Ramírez's comprehensive background in management and human resource development combined with extensive higher education experience makes her book exactly the sort of hands-on text that will help any student with college success and career preparation, any school with student success, and any organization with workforce development.

The changing needs of today's and tomorrow's workplace demand that students and employees be well prepared. Make College Work for You is the text that will help all students at any points in their careers.


A few additional highlights about Dr. Brill de Ramírez:

Personal: Professor Brill de Ramírez is actively involved in literacy work in her home community, environmental restoration efforts, and global education outreach for students in developing countries.

Literary Studies: A widely published scholar, in her literary studies, Professor Brill de Ramírez is currently exploring the ways that language facilitates connections among diverse peoples, cultures, and nations. Utilizing the methodologies of Native American, folklore, and ecocriticism studies, she is researching the language and grammar of placefulness and “geographies of belonging” in transformative literary poetics and narrative.


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College success, student success, business writing and professional communication, general education and core curricula, first year seminars, service-learning, Native American literature, folklore and oral storytelling traditions, women’s literatures, ecocriticism and environmental literatures, philosophy and literature, ethics and volunteerism, and Bahá’í studies.



 French: near fluency. Spanish and Navajo (Diné bizaad): speaking and reading knowledge. Classical Greek: reading knowledge. Latin, Arabic, Old English: studied. 


Bradley University

  • Co-Curricular Activities Committee, English Department, 2015-present
  • Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award Committee, chair 2002-2004; member 2001-2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2014-2015
  • Caterpillar Professorship Committee, 2009-2010, 2012, 2015
  • Judge, Annual Student Research/Creative Production Exhibition, Student Expo, 1999, 2010-present
  • University Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2011
  • University Curriculum and Regulations Committee, 1992-1997, 2000-2003, 2009-2011
  • Student Research/Creative Production Expo Committee, 2011
  • Research Excellence Committee, 2010-2014
  • LAS College Curriculum Committee, chair, 2003-2004; member, 2001-2004
  • Instructor, Institute for Learning in Retirement, 2001, 2003

Board Membership and Community Service

  • Editorial Board Member and reviewer for scholarly journals and university presses, including PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association, Comparative Literature Studies, College Literature, Studies in American Indian Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of Communication and Religion, Mosaic, Journal of Baha'i Studies, Philosophy and Literature, and university press book publishers.
  • Consultant, advisor, and faculty member for BIHE University, serving disenfranchised students in Iran, 2005-present.
  • Look! It's My Book, citywide literacy initiative, 2012-2015.
  • Peoria Area World Affairs Council, 2014-2015.
  • Involvement with environmentally oriented organizations, the Baha'i Faith, and other social service organizations.