|DR. SUSAN HENKING |
| Susan Henking has been with Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) since 1988 where she currently serves as an adviser to the Board of Trustees “Futures Thinking and Strategic Planning Initiative” within the Office of the President. Beginning as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, she became Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor in 2002. During her tenure there, she has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies twice, Interim Dean of the Faculty, and Acting Provost & Dean of the Faculty. She is active in Women’s Studies as well as in other interdisciplinary programs. As Acting Dean of Faculty and Provost, she led planning efforts focused on technology and compensation for faculty and staff, and facilitated closer collaboration between academic and student affairs as well as between her office and that of development. During 2009-2010, she was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in the Office of the Chancellor with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She has previously been an instructor at Colgate University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Chicago. |
Henking received her M. A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and also holds a B.A. from the Departments of Religion and Sociology (Duke University). Her career in higher education is distinguished by an extensive publication record of scholarly works on religion, psychology, the history of sociology, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, diversity, and leadership. She is also the co-editor of two books: Que(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology (New York: Continuum, 1997) and Mourning Religion (University of Virginia Press, 2008). As founding series editor of the Oxford University Press AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series, she helped to ensure that the teacher/scholar model was and is recognized by the American Academy of Religion. She has co-coordinated and directed national programs for HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Her work with HERS and with other national organizations includes collaboration with senior leaders from across higher education. She has served in many faculty governance roles at Hobart and William Smith including as Presiding Officer of the Faculty, President of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and a member of the Steering Committee for Middle States Accreditation.
Henking’s current and past professional community activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, the advisory board of the Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies, the board for LGBT Alumnae and Alumni of the University of Chicago, and in numerous committee and leadership roles with the American Academy of Religion. A past recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award at Hobart and William Smith, she is a widely respected teacher of courses in religious studies, women’s studies, and general education.