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Meet Our Professors: Lisa Arter, English

Before becoming an assistant professor of English at SUU, Lisa Arter was a middle school teacher in southern California. Recognizing new teachers were coming into classrooms ill-prepared, she went back to college to train pre-service teacher to ensure they thrive in their career after graduation.

Assistant Professor of English

Department of English

How long have you been working at SUU?
5 years

Where did you grow up?
Colorado and Arizona

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in English Education at La Sierra University
-Master’s in English Literature with a concentration in Mythology at La Sierra University
-Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction: English Education at Arizona State University

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
I worked at Arizona State University. Before that, I taught middle school in Southern California.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.  I decided on English over history at the end of my freshman year. While teaching middle school, I worked with new teachers and felt called to earn my Ph.D. and teach pre-service teachers how to thrive in their career.

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field? 
It’s always changing and yet the same as it has always been. But at the core, it is a teacher and a student making a connection to improve the world.

Why do you love English?
The thing I love most about English is how literature can connect people across time and place and backgrounds. It calls us to find those things we have in common and build a better future.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
Don’t rush. This is the one time in your life when you are old enough to be independent and young enough to be selfish. Don’t rush through school. Don’t rush into relationships. Don’t rush into problems. The world will speed up and push you along without your help. Slow down and enjoy this time to yourself, to learn and grow and be who you are meant to be before being responsible to and for everyone else.  Be brave and honest. And breathe.

What do you love about SUU?
I love that I feel I can make a difference by making changes and growing a stronger program for our students which will positively affect the lives of countless kids in their future classrooms. Our campus is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people.


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