Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa
About Dr. Hurley-Glowa
Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa is a Professor at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she teaches ethnomusicology and Western music history. A Fulbright scholar, she has published widely on the music of Cabo Verde, West Africa. These include the monograph Songs for Cabo Verde: Norberto Tavares’s Musical Visions for a New Republic (2021: U of R/Eastman Press), numerous articles, and a documentary film. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at Brown University. Susan also holds degrees in music performance from University of Louisville, Freiburg Conservatory, and SUNY Potsdam. She has played horn in professional orchestras in America and Germany.
Course Redesign Project and Experience
Dr. Hurley-Glowa redesigned her Music History I course around OER readings and scores and switched to a hybrid format. She switched from a $129 commercial textbook to free and open resources saving her students an approximated $4,131. She reflects that it was challenging to find the right level of materials, but with some help from colleagues and librarians, Dr. Hurley-Glowa was able to locate readings and musical scores for the course. She advises other faculty thinking of redesigning their courses to make sure enough time is set aside to work on the course–especially if changing modalities at the same time!