Suzanne B.

Kensington, MD


Experienced English, Writing, and Public Speaking Tutor

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UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley/San Francisco
UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco


UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley/San Francisco (Master's)

UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco (PhD)

About Suzanne

One of my great joys is helping people with their spoken and written English. With a doctorate in anthropology and years teaching on the college level, I have helped countless students to improve their writing--whether the issue has been grammar, syntax, or vocabulary. Because much of my work has been as a public health consulting doing social science research, I also have expertise in academic, technical and proposal writing as well as creative writing. If you need help with public speaking, I'm a seasoned public speaker and would be happy to show you how to gain confidence in your presentation skills.

For 23 year, I worked as a public health consultant doing social science research and evaluation on a variety of projects for Federal Government and State Government agencies and non-profit organizations. Since that time, I have started a new career as a teacher and tutor--doing what I love the best: empowering students by increasing their knowledge, skills and understanding of important issues and topics that will enable them to operate more confidently and effectively in our globalized working environment.

I recently served as a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College, teaching a course in Intercultural Communication and Leadership for the Graduate School of Management and Technology for a culturally diverse group of students who work during the day and attend night classes for graduate degrees in such areas as management, health administration, and technology. My prior teaching experience includes teaching World History to undergraduates at Montgomery College, and cultural and medical anthropology courses to undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. Also, I have taught two courses (Culture, Community, and Cuisine, and Culture, Health, and Healing in the U.S.), for the OSHER Institute of Retired Learning at Johns Hopkins University). I have written articles for publication in professional public health journals and Federal Government monographs, as well as multiple research and evaluation reports and other publications for such Federal agencies as the National Cancer Institute, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. I have mentored a number of young researchers and helped them to apply successfully to doctoral programs at different U.S. universities. I have also provided in-depth editing and technical feedback to colleagues and clients seeking to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals or other publications.

In general, my years of research and evaluation work, along with travel abroad, and anthropological training, have helped me to get along well with all sorts of people from a wide variety of social, cultural, professional and other backgrounds, age groups, and different parts of the world.

I really look forward to working one-on-one with students, helping them become more proficient in the subjects in which I have expertise. To me, the most important part of teaching is giving my students the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need for a successful future while making the learning experience not only useful but also fun!
One of my great joys is helping people with their spoken and written English. With a doctorate in anthropology and years teaching on the college level, I have helped countless students to improve their Read more

24 hours notice required

Rate is negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Kensington, MD 20895
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Anthropology,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Public Speaking
French, Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Public Speaking

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I have a Ph.D. in Cultural/Medical Anthropology which I obtained in May, 1987, from the University of California, Berkeley. I also have Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Anthropology--both also obtained at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1987, I have used the methods, skills, and experience gained from my anthropological training to perform research and/or evaluation for a variety of Federal Government public health projects for such agencies as CDC, NCI, NIAID, NIAAA, and SAMHSA. I have also taught two courses in anthropology for the Johns Hopkins OSHER program as well as recently teaching (6 times) the course on Culture, Communication, and Leadership for the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland.

Public Speaking

I will help students to become effective public speakers by drawing on my years of experience in teaching and making presentations of studies I've conducted or professional trainings before professional groups, e.g., the American Anthropological Association, the American Society of Gerontology, before expert panels, for State Tobacco Control Program Directors for CDC. I will show students how to develop PowerPoint presentations that highlight the most important aspects of the topics they're presenting, how to connect with their audiences--keeping their interest and answering their questions satisfactorily. Most importantly, I'll give students useful tips on dealing with "stage fright" so they'll be able to speak clearly and with confidence before different audiences and by so doing, "knock 'em dead!"

Social Studies

Although I have never taught an actual course in Social Studies, I am well qualified to provide valuable tutoring in this subject as indicated by the following:

(a) a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology (a subdiscipline of social/cultural anthropology) requiring a strong background not only in this topic but also in American sociology, history, political science and philosophy.

(b) for my dissertation "Social Consequences of the Conservative "Revolution" in the U.S. Government, I wrote three extensive literature reviews based on important past and contemporary anthropological, historic, sociological, political science and contemporary philosophy (e.g., Foucault & Habermas). Topics were (i) The Anthropology of Power and Politics; (ii) U.S. Society and Culture; and (iii) culture and psychiatry in Western and non-Western societies.

(c) I conducted fieldwork in the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services conducting over 100 interviews, attending Management/Union meetings on-site and hearings on the Hill and analyzing recent studies addressing Reagan Administration policies, legislation, and their consequences for American government and society.

(d) My dissertation included the history of the U.S. Civil Service from the Revolution and how policy shifts from liberalism to conservatism over the years affected the Department of Labor and other "social service" agencies and how the loss of jobs and employee demotions in these workplaces that I observed affected employee morale and health status.

(e) Subsequently I worked (for several consulting firms) as a senior research analyst and/or evaluation manager for 25 years on multiple public health research and/or evaluation projects. Clients were from Federal and State agencies (e.g., NCI, NIAID, NIAAA, NIDA, CDC, CSAP, CSAT, and SAMHSA, as well as the States of Maryland, Colorado, and Montana Departments of Health. I used social science concepts, design, methodology and data analysis for this work and presented the results in technical reports and peer reviewed journal articles. Where possible, I recommended the pursuit of a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating across disciplines and institutions to address socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors that place populations at high risk for addiction, HIV/AIDS, or other health and social problems and underserved by our healthcare system.

(f) I currently teach a graduate course at UMUC on Intercultural Communication and Leadership aimed at enhancing students' knowledge and skills in organizational communication, leadership, and decision-making essential for managers in culturally diverse environments. Theories of management (many based on sociological studies and organizational theory & behavior, and of culture are examined and applied to enhance leadership and management and effective communication across cultural groups. Other topics include conflict resolution, teamwork, and group solidarity. Required reading includes Nancy J. Adler (2008) "International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior" and Peter G. Northouse (2010) "Leadership: Theory and Practice" 5th Edition.

UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley/San Francisco
UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco


UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley/San Francisco (Master's)

UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate is negotiable.

Travel policy

Suzanne will travel within 20 miles of Kensington, MD 20895.

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