Students at Rollins College are fortunate to have faculty who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to the classroom. Each professor has a unique way of helping to develop her students. Sue Easton is an example of how a professor with a business background can help students be better prepared for personal interaction in the workplace.
Easton began her career at General Electric in New York, where she held management positions in their aerospace division. She then joined Emerson Electric Company, creating and developing leadership training programs. During this time, she also founded Easton and Associates, an organizational development consulting firm. While engaged in developing her professional career as a single mother of three children, Easton was also slowly working her way through her college education. Although her family and work responsibilities left little time to enjoy her student days, she was ultimately able to earn her Ph.D. from Florida State University. This led her to realize she wanted to be able to stand in both worlds--business and academia. She enjoys them both, and she feels that pragmatic business concerns can be combined with educational theory to help bring learning to life.
The personal nature of the Rollins educational experience is what appealed to Easton, and that brought her here in 2001. Since that time, she has been a key figure in the communication department and has served as the faculty advisor for the Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and the Hamilton Holt Student Government. She also helps Rollins students become involved in the state communication organization, the Florida Communication Association. In the classroom, Easton's teaching style includes a combination of lecture, video, games, team interaction and student presentations, which leads to a dynamic classroom while building essential communication skills.
Professor Easton's intercultural classes have reinforced the richness of sharing diverse experiences and the positive impact that diversity can have, both in classrooms and in corportations. Easton has not only achieved her goal of standing in both worlds, she has excelled at it.