Texas Tech University

Susan Tomlinson

2010 Texas Tech Integrated Scholar

Director and Associate Professor of Natural History and Humanities;
Honors College

Susan TomlinsonMy neighborhood is my inspiration. I think about how we connect to each other as a small community, as a sort of micro-community. I think about how we teach and learn from each other in terms of issues of sustainability here in Lubbock.
- Susan Tomlinson

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What is your research objective/interest(s)?

I am interested in studying and writing about the intersection between sustainability, community, and connection to place.

How do you feel your research impacts the globe?

I think all of these issues – sustainability, community, connection to place – are issues of survival. Without due attention to each, we will not survive as a species. In writing about them, I am adding my voice to others.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My neighborhood.

What type(s) of service projects do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy working with Mortar Board and being involved in my neighborhood.

What are you currently working on?

I am writing another book. This one will be a collection of essays.

What advice do you have for new faculty members on balancing the components of an integrated scholar into their careers (academics, research, and service)?

Enjoy what you do and cut yourself some slack when things don't always go the way you plan.

Scholar Background

  • Originally from Midland, Texas and Roswell, New Mexico
  • B.F.A., Art, Texas Tech
  • M.S., Geology, Texas Tech
  • Ph.D., Geology, Texas Tech


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