Linda-Susan Beard is a monk in the Emmaus Community in Vestaburg, Michigan. She is an Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and her B.A. from Bennington College. She has also held positions at Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame and The Claremont Colleges.
Among her numerous awards, Beard received the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award in 1991 and the Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award in 1998. She has also worked extensively with the Michigan Judicial Institute, training each new class of Michigan's judges in diversity issues.
Beard has published widely. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Language and Literature, Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women, English in Africa, and African American Women Speak Out on Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995), to name a few. Her numerous presentations and workshops have included, "Spirituality in the Classroom: Articulating the Unspoken" (Lilly Conference on Teaching, 1995), "Implementing Multiculturalism in the K-12 Curriculum" (Washtenaw County Intermediate School District, 1990), "Black Women and the Academy: Journeywomen in the Locus of Alienation" (Michigan State University, 1983) and "Multiculturalism and the African American Catholic Experience" (Diocese of Grand Rapids, 1993).
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