Dr. Susan Brondyk

Assistant Professor of Education
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Susan Brondyk ’84 joined the education department in 2013. She teaches Curriculum/Methods and Classroom Management for elementary and middle school teacher candidates. In conjunction with her courses, Sue is working to develop partnerships with local P–12 schools.

In addition to teaching, Sue co-leads mentor professional development sessions for Hope’s Cooperating Teachers and College Supervisors. She serves on the CASA Board and is the co-faculty advisor for Hope’s student chapter of ASCD. Sue enjoys collaborating with student researchers and has been involved in studies that examine elements of effective teaching.


Sue’s primary research focus has been in the area of mentoring new teachers. Prior coming to Hope, she served as the associate director of Launch into Teaching at Michigan State University, where she worked with principals, mentors and instructional coaches to support beginning teachers in struggling urban districts. In this capacity, she led sustained, job-embedded professional development, conducted school visits to work with leadership teams and provided one-on-one support for mentors. Sue’s research examines mentor preparation at the pre-service and induction level.

Most recently she has been studying differentiated mentoring and, in particular, the ways that mentors use the Education Department’s new Student Teaching Assessment Tool (STAT) as a developmental tool to promote growth in teacher candidates.


  • Ph.D., curriculum, teaching and educational policy, Michigan State University, 2009
  • M.A.T., elementary education, Aquinas College, 2000
  • Elementary Teacher Certification, Aquinas College, 1986
  • B.A., ancient civilizations, Hope College, 1984


  • “Mentoring as Loose Coupling: Theory in Action,” invited chapter in The Wiley-Blackwell International Handbook of Mentoring: Paradigms, Practices, Programs, and Possibilities, B. Irby, J. Boswell, L. Searby, F. Kochan and R. Garza (eds.), 2018
  • Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development, with L. Searby (eds.), Information Age Publishing, 2015
  • “Identifying best practices in mentoring: Challenging, complex, but possible,” with L.J. Searby, Connect magazine, a publication of the International Mentoring Association, February 2016 (invited publication)
  • “The teacher leadership process: Attempting change within embedded systems,” with K.S. Cooper, R.N. Stanulis, E.R. Hamilton, M. Macaluso and J.A. Meier, Journal of Educational Change, 2015
  • “Teacher leadership for change,” with R.N. Stanulis, Kappa Delta Pi Recorder, 50(1), 2014
  • “Mentoring beginning teachers to enact discussion-based teaching,” with R.N. Stanulis, S. Little and E. Wibben, Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2014.902556, 2014
  • “Best practices in mentoring: complexities and possibilities,” with L. Searby, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2(3), 2013
  • “Complexities involved in mentoring towards a high- leverage practice in the induction years,” with R.N. Stanulis, Teachers College Record, 115(10), 2013
  • “Review of the book Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators,” Teachers College Record, 2016

Outside the College

Sue and her husband, Dan (Class of ’85), live in Grand Rapids and have three grown children who are scattered across the country doing their own thing. When she’s not teaching or writing, Sue can be found kayaking and hiking in Leelanau County. Sue is a life-long member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.

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Dr. Susan Brondyk

Phone Number616.395.7740

VanZoeren Hall 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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