Adjunct Associate Professor at Flinders University
Susan is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Flinders University. Prior to her retirement Susan had worked at both Edith Cowan (WA) and Flinders Universities (SA). At Edith Cowan, Susan was Program Director of an innovative teacher education program. Susan was responsible for the development of the inaugural early childhood teacher education courses at Flinders University. Testament to the quality of her leadership is that the Flinders ECE courses were recognised by the Federal Government with a national award in 2016.
Prior to working in the university sector, Susan’s classroom teaching experience included 15 years in early childhood classrooms across three Australian states and at an International school. She has held leadership positions as a District Coordinator, School Principal and Curriculum Manager. Her work as School Principal between 1992-1998, in a large suburban integrated early childhood program has been documented in research reports including '100 Children Go to School' (1998, Hill et al). Susan has sat on a number of state and national boards which included a Ministerial appointment to the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia in 2012.
Susan has authored book chapters, peer-reviewed papers and her writing for parents and the wider public includes 8 articles in The Conversation.
Invitations for keynotes and collaboration include: Beijing, China (2015); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011-12). Susan has been interviewed on Radio National regarding Australian early childhood policy.
Susan’s teaching, leadership, presentations, research and publications focus on social justice and realising more equitable outcomes in early childhood care and education.