Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Suzanne Schier-Happell has taught part-time in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Otterbein since 2009 and was honored to receive the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. After graduating with high honors, majoring in Religion and Culture with a minor in Anthropology, from Emory University (BA, 1998), Suzanne completed a master’s degree in History and Critical Theories of Religion as a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Fellow at Vanderbilt University, focusing on postcolonial theories of religion (MA, 2001). She then completed additional graduate work in Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin Madison, specializing in Sanskrit language and South Asian religions. In addition to Otterbein, Suzanne has also taught part-time for the American Institute of Alternative Medicine (Ethics, Cultural Diversity Awareness), Princeton Review (MCAT verbal, GRE, and SAT prep classes), and Yoga Wellbeing (Beginning Sanskrit). Her current research focuses on women’s devotional traditions among Ramakrishna Vedantists in North America.