Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Hons. 1)
University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
University of Western Sydney, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Susan completed her Doctor of Philosophy through the Centre for Educational Research at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Sydney, Australia in 2010. Susan also completed her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood at UWS and during the four years of her undergraduate degree, she was named on the Dean's Merit List for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Upon graduating from her Bachelor's degree, Susan received The UWS University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship and UWS Scholarship to undertake her PhD.
Susan's research interests include higher and early childhood education and examining students' and teachers' experiences of learning and working, as reflected in her recent publications. Susan is currently working as a casual academic and contract researcher. As a casual academic, Susan delivers classes and workshops to support students’ learning for the Teaching and Learning Unit at UWS. Susan also works with students in the UWS 'library roving' program. In this role, she works individually with students to help them develop and refine their academic writing skills.
Susan has undertaken research work for various parties, most recently, for the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at UWS, and previously for Dr Marion Milton at Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education at UWS, Student Support Services at UWS, Associate Professor Linda Newman from the School of Education at the University of Newcastle and Professor Martin Lambert, the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Adelaide. This research work varies. It includes writing papers and reviews to inform issues of relevance and interest for academics and using qualitative data analysis software (NVivo) to critically conceptualise, code, analyse and theorise raw data for research projects and produce written analyses, summaries and discussion papers.
Susan is currently working as a contract researcher and casual academic and is seeking new opportunities.