Susanna Thornhill

Susanna Thornhill, PhD

Associate Professor of Education

Program Director, Oregon Writing Project Collaborative



Susanna (Steeg) Thornhill joined the College of Education at George Fox in 2011. She teaches primarily in the EdD program, working predominantly with candidates in the Instructional Design & Development strand. As a result, she teaches courses on qualitative research, academic writing, curriculum design, teaching and learning in higher education, and she also coaches dissertation students toward the finish line of their own terminal degrees. She finds great joy in her interactions with teachers and administrators who are seeking to grow personally/professionally and improve educational outcomes for learners under their leadership.

Susanna also directs the Oregon Writing Project Collaborative (OWPC), which is a branch of the National Writing Project. The site collaborates with P-12 teachers across Salem, Newberg, and surrounding districts to cultivate teachers’ professional development in the learning and teaching of writing. This multi-faceted site work involves coordinating young writers’ camps, workshops, and Institutes that support teachers’ growth.

Susanna came to Oregon from Arizona, where she taught adults at Arizona State University and graduated with her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction in 2011. Her early years as a teacher gave her experience across several elementary schools in the Mesa Public Schools and internationally in Bangkok, Thailand. Her love for literacy and learning at the creative intersections of inter-age learning opportunities inspires Susanna daily. One of her favorite things is coffee and conversation; anytime you’re in Newberg, please reach out.