Susan Cook, PhD

Susan Cook

Contact:

Office Address: SCI 218
Phone: (281) 649-3376

scook@hbu.edu
Director, Health Professions Program
Professor of Biology

Education

  • BS in Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
  • PhD in Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the National Kidney Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine

Courses Taught

  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Endocrinology 
  • Introduction to Microbiology 
  • freshmen level general biology courses
  • senior seminars on topics of current interest
 

Teaching Focus

Dr. Cook's teaching focus is the general area of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Her specialization is the genetics of pathogenesis as it relates to both viral and bacterial etiological agents.   She is also a proponent of the writing discipline and serves on the university Writing Task Force.  She incorporates writing assignments into her science classes.

Awards and Honors

For her work with students, Dr. Cook received HBU's Advisor of the Year Award in 1996 and again in 2009, making her the only HBU faculty member to receive this award twice.  She also received The Opal Goolsby Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Cook was selected by the Professional Growth faculty committee as HBU's nominee for the state-wide Minnie Stevens Piper Award for teaching excellence.  This was followed by the Smith Award for teaching given in May of 2007.

Additional Information

Dr. Cook serves the university in several capacities.  As Director of the Health Professions Program, she advises students concerning careers in the health professions and functions as a bridge to the professional school.  She also administers the Joint Admission Medical Program at HBU.  In this program, talented freshmen are selected for early admission to medical school by a panel of admissions deans.  Dr. Cook has been very successful in recruiting students to this program.

Dr. Cook enjoys interacting with students and sponsors two separate student organizations, Alpha Chi Omega (a social sorority) and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med honor society. The pre-med group has won numerous awards from the national organization for excellence under Dr. Cook's guidance.  In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. Cook was elected as a member of the governing board of the National Society of AED in 2008.  She serves as National Vice-President at the present time.