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Susan Gunn

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Susan Gunn, Professor
Urban Education, Dean
College of Urban Education
Ph D from University of Michigan, 1991
Warren Campus
616-554-5121

Dr. Susan Gunn is currently Dean of the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to this appointment she held the dual position of Associate Dean of the College of Urban Education and Science Department Chair in Davenport’s College of Arts and Science. Dr. Gunn possesses a B.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Gunn has extensive experience in program and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, mentoring, supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, research, fiscal monitoring and budget management. At Davenport, she has created several certificate and degree programs including the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences, the Certificate in Urban Education, and the Certificate and Master’s degree in Urban Educational Leadership. Additionally, she has developed STEM-based community outreach academic summer camps and afterschool programs. Dr. Gunn has extensive teaching experience which covers a broad range from high school to college to medical school programs.

One of her focused interests is to help develop well-trained STEM educators who can impart the importance of science to PK-12 students. Dr. Gunn is passionate about urban education, having been herself a product of Detroit Public Schools. Dr. Gunn often stresses her passion for helping students of color and other marginalized youth to obtain a quality, college/career-ready education, which is critical for success in the 21st century.