Snapper Spotlight: Dr. Susan Luek devotes almost 40 years to making Psych Dept. better

Susan Luek is one of the leading professors who helped to shape the psychology department. Photo Courtesy of Millersville University.

Michael Brockett
Business Manager

For almost 40 years, the Psychology department at Millersville University was the home of Dr. Susan Luek.

While to the current students of Millersville University, this name may not be familiar due to her retirement, to faculty, staff and former students, Dr. Luek was known as a passionate, beloved professor, dedicated to the betterment of the department and university.

During her time at Millersville University, she oversaw the “Rat Lab” for the campus and taught a variety of psychology classes, focusing primarily on courses incoming psychology students would be taking. She dedicated her life to inspiring and motivating each student to achieve their full potential.

During her time in the department, she also advised both Psi Chi and Psychology Club. Beyond her contributions in the department, she also shaped the university and vision through her time on faculty senate and working to establish the Commission on the Status of Women.

One of her personal interests was women issues, leading to her assistance in establishing the commission and the women’s center on campus.

“Susan devoted every waking hour to the students and campus. She put everything she could into bettering the psychology community making it just perfect,” Dr. Rita Smith-Wade- El, Professor of Psychology, stated in regards to Dr. Luek.

It was this dedication and passion that led to her being nominated and being named the first Millersville University Educator of the Year in 2010-2011. Between her contributions both in and out of the classroom, as well as her continued support of the university community even after retirement, she will be honored through the rededication of Byerly Hall to be in her name.

Moving on into the future, students in the Psychology Department will now reside within a building renamed after a Professor Emeritus of Psychology who spent her whole life shaping and defining what it means to be a Marauder here at Millersville University.