Susan Blake is the Graduate Writing Consultant at Ashland University.
BACKGROUND AND AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Susan worked in the field of academic publishing for over 20 years, during which time she proofread, copyedited, and directed the publication of textbooks for such publishers as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Southwestern Publishing, Simon & Schuster, John Wiley & Sons, and Addison-Wesley, as well as technical articles for publications including the Journal of the Astronomical Society, the Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. She has served as Director of Editorial Services at a local publishing facility and for many years was assistant editor for the American Ceramic Society while providing a rewrite service for the Society’s international authors.
Susan holds an M.A. in Old Testament Biblical Studies, with a concentration in Hebrew exegesis, from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in French, with a concentration in literature and women’s issues, from The Ohio State University. She has also done graduate work in French, with a concentration in Francophone literature and twentieth-century women’s literature.
During her time at ATS, she was a dissertation writing advisor to Doctor of Ministry students and a graduate assistant for Old Testament Studies and Advanced Hebrew. Susan has converted French translations of Arabic poetry into English as part of a research project and translated business letters and scientific articles from French into English; has tutored graduate students in French and international students in English; has taught beginning French at Akron University and English composition and humanities at North Central State College; and served for six years as an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Ashland University, where she taught composition and occasional literature courses, including The Bible as Literature.
Over the years, Susan has studied French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Russian and dabbled in Italian, Sanskrit, Arabic, Gaelic, and Latin. She is currently attempting to learn basic Arabic.