After graduating with a bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in linguistics and psychology, Susan Green thought she was finished with academia. She left New York for Montana to work for Bikecentennial — an international bicycle touring organization dedicated to raising environmental consciousness and personal wellness.
But she found herself drawn to an editing job with a sociolinguistics journal at the University of Montana. Sitting in on a sociology class, she was intrigued by the discipline’s integrative perspective on social behavior. She enrolled in the Ph.D. program and completed doctoral research on the emergence of workplace wellness programs in the 1980s. She found herself doing research on the cutting edge of a cultural paradigm shift, as Americans became increasingly interested in holistic health.
At Johnson State College since 1990, she teaches sociology in the anthropology/sociology degree program and directs the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree program in Wellness and Alternative Medicine Program — the very first program of its kind in the nation.
Susan notes “The gift of Johnson State College is that we are small enough to create unique and exciting learning opportunities for students to conduct research with professors, to attend international conferences and to work directly with career professionals in the social sciences and integrative medicine.”
Susan still returns to Montana every summer to continue her research to develop integrative patient care models in hospitals each summer. In her spare time, she heads into the Rocky Mountains to hike and bicycle. She is awed and inspired by grizzly bears, mountain lions and the big sky. She also plays the Native American flute.