Susan Tomizawa

Susan Tomizawa

Associate Teaching Professor of Landscape Architecture

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:765-285-9076

Fax:765-285-1983

Room:AB 111


Bio

Susan Tomizawa is an Associate Teaching Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. She received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University, holds a Master’s in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BA in anthropology from Eastern Washington University, Cheney Washington. Prior to coming to teach at Ball State, she was employed as project manager at Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a landscape architectural firm. There she led and worked on projects involving site design, park design, streetscapes, and urban and regional planning. Although she has taught diverse subjects, her primary research and teaching interests lie in understanding the many key roles that plants have in shaping design and in maintaining and improving environmental integrity. Susan enjoyed living in Japan for two years and has a keen interest in international gardens and landscape architecture projects and is an avid traveler and photographer.

Education

  • (2003) Master in Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
  • (1987) Master in Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
  • (1982) Bachelor of Anthropology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.

Professional Experience

  • (2009-Present) Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA.
  • (2003-2009) Landscape Architect Project Manager, Rundell Ernstberger Associates, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Major Research and Teaching Emphasis

  • Landscape Ecology and Plants
  • Use of Native Plants in Design
  • Impact of Invasive Plants on the Environment and Wildlife
  • The Impact of Climate Change on the Natural Landscape
  • Design pedagogy

Grants and Awards

Provost Pilot Grant Award for “Improving Native Habitat for Monarchs and Other Pollinators”. 2021. Awarded by Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA.

Recent Research and Publications

  • Tomizawa, Susan 2020. “Trans-Disciplinary courses: Challenges and benefits for academia and the professions” [Peer Reviewed Abstract]. Accepted for presentation at 2020 Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference, 100 years of CELA; Louisville, KY.
  • Tomizawa, Susan. 2019. “Tapping into the affective domain to shape student values and behavior: personalizing the loss of biodiversity.” [Peer Reviewed Abstract]. Presentation at 2019 Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference on Engaged Scholarship; Sacramento, CA.
  • Tomizawa Susan and Ann Hildner. 2016 “Feedback as a Teaching Tool: Aligning feedback with successive stages of the design process” [Peer Reviewed Abstract] Presentation at 2016 Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference on Dilemma: Debate, Salt Lake City, March, 2016.
  • Tomizawa Susan and Ann Hildner. 2016 “A macro approach to teaching planting design.” [Peer Reviewed Abstract] Presentation at 2016 Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference on Dilemma: Debate, Salt Lake City, March, 2016.

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Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Plants 1 341 1 0900 - 1050 T R AB, room 210
Creative Project Des 652 1 1300 - 1415 T R AB, room 225