Susan Bridge, EdD

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Program Chair, Doctoral Internships

College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Bridge teaches Instructional Leadership, The Superintendency, Supervision and Improvement of Instruction, Professional Career Training and Superintendent Track courses at Concordia University Chicago. Her work focuses on the relationship between theory and practice in instructional leadership and supervision. Among her research interests are identifying and addressing the cause of the academic performance gap among today’s students.

At Concordia, Dr. Bridge serves as a chairperson of the College of Graduate and Innovative Program’s Policy Committee, is a faculty senate member, on the AQIP steering committee and is co-chair of the University’s Build, Grow. Inspire. campaign. She also is an advisor of undergraduate senior projects in leadership.

As an associate of the educational leadership search firm Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates, Ltd., Dr. Bridge helps school districts and their boards of education find leadership candidates to best serve their communities. She also serves as a member of doctoral dissertation committees.

Also, Bridge is a retired superintendent and principal of Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200, where she worked for eight years. Previously she taught English at Glenbard East High School, chaired the English department at Glenbard South and was assistant principal for instruction at Glenbard West. Dr. Bridge joined Concordia’s faculty in 2007.


  • EdD, Education Administration. Loyola University Chicago.
  • MA, English. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  • BA, English Teaching. University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • “Wise Women Educating Wise Women (and Wise Men): Women as Leaders in Education." Dominican University, River Forest, Ill., March 26, 2011.
  • “From Presidential Policy to Classroom Readity: The Indelible Impact of ESEA." American Institute of Higher Education, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 1, 2010.


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