Coleen Grissom, Ph.D. | Trinity University
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Coleen Grissom, Ph.D.

"To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?" — Katharine Graham

"Figure out what you care about and live a life that shows it." — John Hoyt

- Coleen Grissom, Ph.D.

Having taught English courses at Trinity University for five decades, clearly I value being an instructor at an institution that attracts students with intellectual promise, self-discipline, and a desire to make this world a better one.

My students regularly tell me that my focus in my teaching is to introduce them to literature that deals with dark subjects so that I can stress that bad things happen and that we, as privileged, enlightened, educated humans must persevere, prevail, and make a positive difference, no matter what.

Selected Publications

  • THE WORLD ACCORDING TO COLEEN, a collection of personal essays.
  • A Novel Approach to Life, a sampling of speeches (orally delivered essays) from my past fifty years as an educator.

Community Service & Involvement

I serve annually as master of ceremonies for the Cancer Research and Therapy Center's Book and Author Luncheon, their primary fundraiser, and I lead book discussions in Literary Excursions at the San Antonio Public Library Foundation weekly for twelve weeks annually. :  Beyond that, I offer my services as speaker for other organizations whose work I value, such as the McNay Art Museum's "ArtFULL Wednesdays," the Mission Road Ministries, Gemini Ink's galas, and the Assistance League of San Antonio.

Personal Interests

I now have two indoor cats, three toy poodles, and a rescued Schnauzer-mix.