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Spring 2020: A Voyage of Discovery
Professor & Intercultural Specialist

Susan Wildermuth

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

There are so many aspects of Sue Wildermuth to share, but perhaps most important is that she adores her job and strives to get better at it every day.  She started off with a career in Public Relations and worked for many years in health care PR while going to school for her Ph.D.  She has been teaching at the college level for 18 years now and loves it!  Higher education is her passion as it fosters her love for life-long learning.

Here is a bit about her ties to Cross-Cultural Communication:

  1. Susan studied intercultural communication as one of her Ph.D. areas of concentration, and her area of research/publication has been focused on intercultural communication competency for the past seven years.
  2. In terms of international/intercultural diversity, she has traveled and worked abroad extensively. Countries she has visited/lived in include: England, Ireland, France, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Finland, Norway, South Korea, Ecuador, China, Brazil, Greece, Scotland, Malta, and Mexico.  Iceland, Ecuador, Greece, and Finland are her favorites!
  3. In terms of domestic diversity, she is white, middle-class, and female- so her lived experience in regard to personal diversity is limited. However, she works with diverse students and faculty every day. She has designed and led courses abroad for individuals with disabilities, has a child with learning disabilities, and she and her husband spent many years as foster parents for special needs children. Additionally, her best friend and her sister-in-law are members of the LGBTQ* community. Susan is dedicated both professionally and personally to fostering respect for all forms of diversity in her classroom, in her three children, and herself. She strives to do better every day.
  4. She loves this stuff! She is very passionate about the topic of intercultural competency and awareness and loves to share that passion with others. Her goal is to foster in her students a love of culture and a desire to engage in new experiences throughout the US and the world.