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Shannon Christen-Syed

Shannon Christen-Syed holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master’s in English from Kent State University.  She has experience teaching at both the high school and college levels. At the college level, she teaches face-to-face Pan-African sections of English courses (College Writing I and II) and online Pan-African Studies courses ranging from The Legacy of Slavery to Oral & Written Discourses. Her primary research and specializations include African American literature, Diversity and Social Justice Education, and Composition and e-Learning pedagogy.  

Professor Christen-Syed is very passionate about teaching and learning. Here is her philosophy of education:

  1. All students can be literate members of a diverse society with the ability to communicate effectively in everyday life.
  2. All students can develop the thinking, reading, composing, and speaking skills necessary to participate successfully in the public sphere as students, workers, citizens, and life-long learners.
  3. Participation in a learning community fosters social, civic, emotional, and intellectual growth.
  4. Diverse instructional materials, strategies, and environments enhance learning.
  5. Teachers are leaders and inventors; students are volunteers and workers.
  6. Teaching is an art, as well as a craft, and the teacher-student relationship is at its heart.
Shannon Christen-Syed
Department of Pan-African Studies
314 Oscar Ritchie Hall
Phone: 330-672-0153
Fax: 330-672-4837
Spring 2015
  • HONR 10297 - 015 Freshman Honors Colloquium Ii
  • ENG 11011 - 020 College Writing I
  • PAS 23001 - 009 Black Experience I
  • PAS 26000 - 001 The Legacy Of Slavery
Summer 2015
  • ENG 11011 - 011 College Writing I
  • PAS 23001 - 012 Black Experience I
Fall 2015
  • HONR 10197 - 021 Freshman Honors Colloquium I
  • ENG 21011 - 062 College Writing Ii
  • PAS 23001 - 003 Black Experience I
  • PAS 37150 - 001 The Underground Railroad