Suanne Davis Roueche was senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin, and editor of publications for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) from 2000 to 2012. She served as NISOD director for 20 years before stepping down in 2000; during her tenure, NISOD increased its membership from 150 to more than 700 colleges, and the participation in its annual conference from several hundred to more than 2,000 registrants.
Suanne is a graduate of North Texas State University, where she received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English. She received her Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, in 1976. Her major program of work was completed in the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) in the Department of Educational Administration. Prior to beginning her graduate work, she taught for nine years at El Centro College (Dallas, TX), developing and implementing a nationally recognized developmental studies writing program.
Suanne has been recognized for her contributions to higher education and to the professional growth and development of community college educators with numerous honors, including the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) National Leadership Award (1997); two Distinguished Research Awards (1995 and 1993) and an Outstanding Research Publication Award (1984), presented by the AACC Council of Universities and Colleges; CCLP Distinguished Graduate Award, presented by the College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin (1990); and The Great Seal of Florida, presented by the governor and legislature of Florida and St. Petersburg Junior College for outstanding contributions to higher education in Florida (1989). She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Women, and Men and Women of Distinction.
Since 1974, Suanne Roueche has spoken to more than 450 colleges, universities, and conferences on topics of teaching and learning. She is the author of 17 books and more than 60 articles and chapters focused on teaching and learning in American colleges and universities. Her most recent publications are: Rising to the Challenge (with John E. Roueche, Martha Ellis, and Melinda Valdez-Ellis, 2013); The Creative Community College: Leading Through Innovation (with John E. Roueche, Melissa Richardson, and Phil Neal, 2008), Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence (with Mark D. Milliron and John E. Roueche, 2003), In Pursuit of Excellence: The Community College of Denver (with John E. Roueche and Eileen E. Ely, 2001), High Stakes, High Performance: Making Remedial Education Work (with John E. Roueche, 1999). Others include: Embracing the Tiger: The Effectiveness Debate and the Community College (with John E. Roueche and Laurence F. Johnson, 1997), Strangers in Their Own Land: Part-Time Faculty in American Community Colleges (with John E. Roueche and Mark Milliron, 1995), and The Company We Keep: Collaboration in the Community College (with John E. Roueche and Lynn Sullivan Taber, 1995).
Since 2000, Suanne has enjoyed her work as a wildlife rehabilitator, earning required state-mandated licensure/certification permits to rescue and rehabilitate injured and/or orphaned wildlife until they are healthy enough for release at approved release sites. She is affiliated with the National Opossum Society, the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (in Kendalia, TX), and the Austin Area Rescue and Rehabilitation group.
Since 2001, Suanne has served in various leadership positions with Assistance League of Austin, a local chapter of National Assistance League, a nonprofit organization with more than 122 chapters across the U.S. She is currently serving a second term as president and grants chair of the local chapter. Since 2007, she has also served National Assistance League in various committee roles, as National Director of Philanthropic Programs from 2009 to 2011, and currently as chairman of the National Task Force for Philanthropic Program Assessment.
Suanne is married to John Edward Roueche, President, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University, and CCLP Director Emeritus and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin.