Meet Susan Houglum


Sue Houglum

Susan Houglum
Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education

Education:
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught: Environments for Teaching & Learning; Children’s Literature, Language, and Literacy; Children & Nature; Congregational Children’s Ministry

Biography: Sue Houglum joined the Trinity Lutheran College faculty in 1996 as Professor of Christian Education. She currently serves as Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education, with additional teaching responsibilities in Children, Youth & Family Studies. Sue primarily teaches courses about children: children’s literature, children and nature, congregational children’s ministry, and diversity in children’s abilities, cultures, and behavior. 

Sue has four decades of experience working with young children in a care-giving capacity. Highlights of her teaching career include teaching preschool and kindergarten in the Eskimo village of Teller, Alaska, directing Nome Childcare, and owning and teaching in the Children’s Learning Center in Kodiak, Alaska. These experiences led to a teaching position at Kodiak College, a branch of the University of Alaska. While studying at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, she taught at Oak Hill School, a preschool for the children of country music stars.

Sue earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, majoring in religion and sociology. Her M.Ed. degree from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University emphasized young children and the importance of play in their learning.

Sue has been married to Mark for many decades and they have two adult children, Brook and Luke. She spends her spare time enjoying her family, her grandsons (Noah and Cole), her gardens, and any good book.