Susan Riner joined the Mathematics Department of Oxford College and became Oxford's first Senior Lecturer. In 2014 she also became a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Theory and Methods. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she grew up in Atlanta. Before coming to Oxford, she taught at Clayton State University and Georgia State University.
Mrs. Riner was one of the first recipients of Emory University's prestigious Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award. She was the first recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award given by Emory University's Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. She was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by Oxford's Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and she has been recognized for Excellence in Teaching by the the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at Emory University. Mrs. Riner is in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Who's Who Among American Women. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and was a church organist for more than twenty years. She danced with the Southern Ballet Company and also sang with the Emory University Collegium Musicum. She continues to work with Habitat for Humanity, the Athens Humane Society, the American Alzheimer's Association, and prison ministry.