Susan Reed

Adjunct Instructors
Highest Degree: 
209 Living Learning Academic
Research & Teaching Interests: 
Education in a time of mass extinction: critical (eco)pedagogy, ecojustice education, pedagogy of grief/solastagia; transformative education, collaborative teaching/learning; sustainability, social change & the Arts; feminist and ecophilosophies, extinction studies, indigenous knowledge, phenomenology of time, political ecology, ritual, and the radical imagination. Research methodologies in a time of mass extinction: arts-based research, a/r/tography, autoecography, transdisciplinary & collaborative research.


B.A., 1989, Interdisciplinary Studies (cross-cultural studies and ethnomusicology); Women’s Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

M.A., 1993, Culture and Spirituality, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

Post-graduate certificate, 2009, Expressive Arts, Appalachian State University

Ed.D. 2015, Educational Leadership, Appalachian State University



 SD 2400: Principles of Sustainable Development

Critical Perspectives in Teaching and Learning (COE)



North Carolina born, Susan was raised in the world’s oldest mountains, the Appalachians. She embodies a deep rootedness in place, while also being a global thinker and actor. A dual citizen (USA-Ireland/EU) via marriage, Frankie Kelly and she have two children, ages 18 and 21.

Susan believes in the value and importance of epistemological diversity and multiplicity. She is interested in collaborative, transdisciplinary re/search into new language, concepts, symbols and embodied practices with which to understand, reimagine, express, and transpose the human-to-more-than-human conditions in our rapidly, dramatically changing world, especially within cosmological and geo-logical perspectives. She is drawn to educational and organizational models and decision-making methods that challenge institutional orthodoxy and inertia, based on systems theory and process–relationality. She is a systems thinker, with an eye for both detail and “patterns that connect.”

Practically, Susan has broad work experience, including organizational and program development in areas such as education, politics, conservation, sustainability, and feminist studies. She has often worked at the margins of formal institutions, including internationally, as a cultural worker, and social, political and environmental activist–educator and organizer. Peace and social justice, and environmental and economic justice movements have shaped her worldview, and work and lifestyle choices. The Arts have both informed her understanding of the world, and served as an important avenue for expressing her work in the world.


Recent papers/chapters

Reed, S.F. (In press). Something else is more important than fear: Becoming-in/appropriate educational leaders on the verge in a time of mass extinction and climate catastrophe. In V. W. Miller (Ed.). Apocalyptic leadership in education: Facing an unsustainable world from where we stand. Transforming Education for the Future (Series). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Reed, S. F. (2016, May). Panel: Academic exiles: anxiously working-magic at the verge of the unknown. 12th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Reed, S. F. (2016, May). In/appropriate methodologies in a time of mass extinction: A tale of hermeneutic becoming. 12th Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Reed, S.F. (2015). In/Appropriate education in a time of mass extinction: composing a methodological imbroglio of love and grief. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.


Dr. Richard Rheingans, Chair
Sustainable Development Department
Living Learning Center

Sandy Wilson
Administrative Assistant

QEP Global Learning