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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Susan Watson, Ph.D., UNT at Frisco

Susan Watson, Ph.D., UNT at Frisco

Dr. Watson is just one reason why UNT at Frisco is such an exciting campus. A Clinical Assistant Professor in the Applied Arts and Sciences program since October, 2019, her educational background includes a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M, an M.S. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech. Now at home at UNT, she's helping non-traditional students from all over the world achieve their dreams while balancing life responsibilities through the Applied Arts & Sciences degree launched on Coursera. Of course, there's more to Dr. Watson than her love of teaching, like her love of zero-turn mowers, tennis and Taylor Swift. Yep, you're going to need to read more about Dr. Watson.


What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love being able to do a little bit of everything, from working with my multi-disciplinary team at UNT at Frisco in building the innovative culture of New College, to working with the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application and Research (CLEAR) on the expansive outreach of the Applied Arts & Sciences degree in partnership with Coursera – it’s an ever-changing role!

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
On-site childcare for parents. My children are too old now, but I have a special place in my heart for those who work and miss their children during the day.

What is your proudest work moment?
My proudest work moment was seeing the Applied Arts & Sciences degree launched on Coursera, and seeing thousands of students join the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) from all over the world. This program allows many non-traditional students to complete their degree online while balancing life responsibilities, and the expansive reach is allowing more and more families to be forever changed. 

What is your proudest non-work moment?
My proudest non-work moments are always standing back and watching my two teenage daughters shine, from their incredible work ethic with balancing athletics, jobs, school and faith – to their endless energy and love of life – it makes me proud to be their mother. 

What is a fact about you that may surprise your colleagues?
I like to ride the zero-turn mower and tractor when I am visiting my parents (they have upgraded equipment since I moved out!). It's nice to be outside on a lot of open space, see the beauty of God’s creation and appreciate where I came from. I love to play tennis (although I am more courtside these days, watching my daughter). I also love Taylor Swift and riding 4-wheelers.

Movie?: Shawshank Redemption
TV show?: Married at First Sight
Inspirational hero?: My mother and father (no one has sacrificed greater for me)