A Calling to Teach
Sue Camp Connects Students to Life Goals for Four Decades
Written by Jackie Bridges
In 40 years of teaching at Gardner-Webb University, Dr. Sue Camp has witnessed technology evolve, the campus develop and five presidents lead the University. While her motto is, “Grow and change or you will be left behind,” her main objective has remained the same.
“I like to see my students succeed,” she stated. “I feel like I can help students achieve their goals, because communication is important no matter what field the students choose.
A graduate of Gardner-Webb with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Camp’s proudest moment was the day she came to work at her alma mater after completing her Master of Arts in Teaching. She hadn’t applied for the job. The chair of the business department offered her the position when she came by Gardner-Webb to ask him to recommend her for the doctoral program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “He said, ‘I would rather have you come to work instead,’” Camp recalled. Within two months, she was teaching and working on her doctorate.
Camp believes that, like pastors, professors are called to their career. “Working at Gardner-Webb is more than a job or a paycheck,” she observed, and her students concur. “Every student who enters Dr. Sue Camp’s class will leave at the end of the semester with a conceptual understanding of professional business communications. Outside of class, her dedication to her students is no different. She will spend as much time as needed to explain concepts to students, while also taking the opportunity to invest in her students on an individual basis,” noted Nate Allman ’18, political science major.
Dr. Sue Camp provides leadership each day in through her coursework at the Godbold School of Business, and she has written over 20 textbooks and companion software packages.