Title: History Professor, Cultural Studies Professor
Company: Empire State College
Location: Penfield, New York, United States
Susan Tower Hollis, PhD, History and Cultural Studies Professor at Empire State College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Education.
Dr. Hollis is most proud of receiving the 2006 Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship from Empire State College, a pleasant surprise and the culmination of her desire to mentor people and to research, particularly in the topic of ancient Egypt. She entered the field out of a real love for the humanities, and especially appreciated her mentor and friend, who encouraged her to scholarship and reading, especially the works of Thomas Mann. Dr. Hollis has been a core faculty member of the MA in Liberal Studies Program at Empire State since 2007, professor emerita since 2017, a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
A Boston native, Dr. Hollis was born to James Wilson and Dorothy Parsons Tower. She earned an AB, cum laude, from Smith College and completed a PhD at Harvard University in 1982. Dr. Hollis has been teaching since 1962, and has notably worked with the Museum of Science in Boston on projects like the Ramses II Exhibit in 1987. Of her many civic and professional roles, she remains a player of the American Recorder Society and a member of the Lyon Daughters Committee of the Rochester Academy of Medicine. Dr. Hollis holds numerous academic awards, and is the proud mother of Deborah Durfee and Harrison, as well as the grandmother of Sharon Stang and Robert Hollis.
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