Suzanne Ozment received her B. S. and M. A. in English from East Carolina University. She earned her Ph. D. in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her dissertation was on the Victorian poet, Robert Browning.
She began her teaching career at Lenoir-Rhyne College, a coeducational Lutheran college in Hickory, North Carolina. Five years later, she accepted a position in the English Department at The Citadel. She spent fifteen years as a full-time faculty member there, earning tenure and ultimately promotion to full professor. Dr. Ozment published essays and presented papers at scholarly conferences on the works of several nineteenth-century British writers--Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, and Thomas Hardy—and was, for ten years, editor of a scholarly interdisciplinary journal titled Nineteenth Century Studies. With a colleague in North Carolina, she co-edited an anthology of nineteenth-century literature about work. That book, The Voice of Toil, was published by Ohio University Press in 2000.
In 1997, Dr. Ozment was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies at The Citadel. In 2002, she came to USC Aiken as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English. While her administrative duties have made it difficult for her to teach many classes at USC Aiken, she has taught summer courses for high school English teachers, offered short courses for members of the Aiken community through USC Aiken’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, and led a reading and discussion group at the Aiken Center for the Arts.