Suzanne Falck-Yi, Ph.D.
Professor of English/Director of Honors College
Ph.D. in English (1990) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
M.A. in English (1984) – Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, Ill.
B.A. in English (1982) – Eureka College; Eureka, Ill.
Throughout her many years at Waldorf, some of Honors College director Suzanne Falck-Yi's fondest memories have been watching Honors first-year students engage in loud and lively debates while participating in Reacting to the Past role-playing games in the classroom. Whether it's the Radical Democrats taking on the Socratics and the Oligarchs in the Ancient Athens, Greece, class, or the Revolutionaries versus King Louis XVI and the Church in the French Revolution game, or the Abolitionists denouncing the Status Quo faction in the Frederick Douglass, Slavery, and the Constitution, 1845 class, Dr. Falck-Yi greatly enjoys watching her students blossom as they learn to grapple with complex social issues from a variety of perspectives. Active learning is key to the Honors experience at Waldorf.
Dr. Falck-Yi spent her undergraduate years at Eureka College, a small college in Illinois that encouraged taking courses outside her English major, and so she enjoyed, as well, classes in Religion, Theater, Art and History. Her English Literature interests led her straight into a master's program at Northern Illinois University, and then to a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Victorian Literature and completing a doctoral dissertation that led to a critical edition of 19th-century British author Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd, published by Oxford University Press. Her research has focused on women's studies and textual analysis, and some of her favorite projects have examined works by Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. She is currently preparing a critical edition of another of Hardy's novels, Two on a Tower, to be published in a series of Hardy's collected works by Cambridge University Press.
Variety is the spice of life, and so Dr. Falck-Yi enjoys the stimulation of teaching a wide range of courses in the English department. Some of her favorites are Thomas Hardy and the Brontës, American Realism, Romanticism, Women in Literature and British Literature from the Romantics to the Present. In the Honors College, Dr. Falck-Yi enjoys taking part in the team-taught Honors Philosophy course, as well as both Honors Composition semesters. She usually teaches one 200-level Honors course each year, which range from Greenwich Village 1913: A Study of Women's Suffrage and Worker's Unions, to the literature course Crime and Punishment, and a new course in Homer's The Odyssey. Dr. Falck-Yi also oversees students writing their Honors Thesis projects and organizes the annual Inquirere conference at which students present their junior and senior research.