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Susan Bosco: Professor Spotlight

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

"I believe as people with a lot of privilege in society, we should be giving back to it."

Dr. Susan Bosco has been teaching in the RWU community for almost 20 years. She has been committed to incorporating community engaged projects into her classes throughout the years, and we are always happy to have her come back every year! Last semester, her Organizational Behavior class worked on creating a workflow analysis as preparation for redoing some of their procedures and training programs- specifically, during power outages.

1) What CPC class do you teach, and what organization are you partnered with?

I teach CPC in my Organizational Behavior classes and I have done a couple as independent studies. I have partnered with Herreshoff Marine Museum, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Riverzedge Arts and now Fall River Family Health Center/SSTAR.

Dr. Susan Bosco (left) and some of her students from her current CPC class, Organizational Behavior.

2) Why did you choose to partner with this organization?

Because they are helping members of society who are often overlooked and even shunned by others. They are people who lack the basic resource of healthcare. Clinics that serve the public are often lacking in resources, including staff.

3) Why did you choose to incorporate a CPC project into your class?

Because there is no better way for students to learn about organizations and management than to work with one. No class textbook can include the nuances that come from interacting with real organizations and their staffs. It is also very rewarding for the students - at least that's the feedback I've received.

4) Why should RWU students take a CPC class?

A CPC class has the potential of giving a life-changing experience to a person. It's easy when in college to forget about society's needs. These classes keep real life front and center. It's also a great way for students to see their own skill development and enhance their confidence levels within their profession.

5) What is the value of doing a CPC project for professors?

I believe as people with a lot of privilege in society, we should be giving back to it. I really enjoy seeing how we can positively impact an organization and its staff. In turn, we know there are many others who will benefit from the organizations we help. And it gives me a chance to keep my own skills current.

Get to know Dr. Bosco!

What was the best vacation you ever had? The best vacation was a trip to Italy about 10 years ago. It was my first time there and we traveled to Rome, Florence, and Pompeii.

What inspires you to teach?

I just love the student interactions. It's fun to see people learn and eventually to get a good career and enjoy a happy life. And the bonus is that I get to keep learning as well!

Do you have any pets?

No - I do have a grandson now though - the first one. He's 3 months old.

written by: Sarah Caron

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