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History educator

Susan Freda Edwards, American history educator. Named Professor of Year, Carnegie Foundation, 2005, Texas Professor of Year, 2005; grantee, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2005, Houston Community College Systems, 1991-1995, East-West Center, 1998; Fulbright-Hays grantee, 1994, 1999, Illabelle Shanahan Morrisin fellow, Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, 1985.


Edwards, Susan Freda was born on January 29, 1956 in Roslyn, New York, United States. Daughter of Thomas Joseph and Rosemary (Arthur) Freda.


Bachelor in Political Science, Florida Southern College, 1977. Master of Arts in History, Clemson University, 1985. Postgraduate, Rice University, 1985—1989.

Postgraduate, University Houston, 1989.


Coordinator Read-a-thon Multiple Sclerosis Society, Tampa, Florida, 1977—1978. Divisional sales manager, assistant buyer Ivey's Florida, Winter Park, 1978—1981. Personnel director Tampa Hilton Hotel, 1981—1982.

Graduate assistant Clemson University, South Carolina, 1984—1985. Professor history Central College, Houston, 1986—2002. Member staff Houston Community College, 1988—2002.

Department chair history/philosophy/geography Central College, Houston, 1996—2001. Professor history Cy-Fair College, since 2001, chair history/anthropology department, 2003—2005, Piper professor, since 2003. Visiting assistant professor history University Alaska Southeast, Sitka, 1993-1994.

Adjunct instructor Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, 1994. Archivist Liberty Life Insurance Company, Greenville, South Carolina, 1985. President faculty association council Houston Community College Systems, 1995-1996, president-elect, 1994-1995, secretary, chair, 1992-1993, treasurer, chair fundraising committee, 1991-1992, chair salary committee, 1992-1994, chair governance committee, 1990-1991.

Lecturer Houston Community College, 1988-2002, Cy-Fair College, since 2002. Presenter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial assistant: Papers of Jefferson Davis, Rice University, 1987-1988, Journal Southern History, 1985-1987. Editor: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song, 2002.


Active, docent Museum Fine Arts Houston Guild. Board directors Houston Federation Professional Women, 1999-2000. Campaign worker various Democratic candidates, Houston, 1987— volunteer Project Nicaragua, 1994-1995, 98-99.

Member of Association Women Administrators, Community College Humanities Association (editor review 1999—2001), Texas Association Women C.C.s, Texas Community College Teachers Association (president 2002-2003), American Association Women in C.C.s (national board directors 1999—2002, region VI director), Fulbright Association, Phi Theta Kappa (seminar leader, Texas advisory board 1996-1999, member honors committee since 2001, international honors committee, Horizon award 1996, Robert Giles award 2000, Mosal Scholar award 2002), Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, singing, the arts, photography, tennis.


Married Allan Richard Hult, November 18, 1978 (divorced 1982). Married Jefferson Dudley Edwards, October 13, 2001.

Thomas Joseph Freda

Rosemary (Arthur) Freda

Allan Richard Hult

Jefferson Dudley Edwards