Susan Richardson is the Senior Education Academic and a lecturer in the School of Education and The Arts for the Noosa campus, CQUniversity. Susan has worked at CQUniversity for the past eleven years, and before that, worked for twenty-five years as a primary classroom teacher with Education Queensland. Susan currently works with undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education course which is a teaching degree for those students wanting to be early childhood or primary classroom teachers.
Susan has recently completed her doctoral studies with a thesis entitled "Teacher Homework Practices in Queensland State Primary Schools". Susan has presented and published her work through national and international conferences.
Susan lives on the Sunshine Coast, by the beach, with her grown-up family. Susan walks daily and loves to read.
Susan trained as a primary classroom teacher at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (Toowoomba) and began her teaching career in Redcliffe in a year 3 classroom in 1981. Susan worked full-time, part-time and as a supply teacher for Education Queensland for twenty-five years, teaching across all year levels at various schools including Hercules Road State School (Redcliffe), Sunset State School (Mt Isa) and Bli Bli State School (Sunshine Coast). During the latter part of her classroom teaching career, Susan also worked as an educational consultant for the Queensland Mining Council. Susan moved to the university sector and to Central Queensland University in 2005, beginning as a sessional staff lecturer before assuming full time teaching and lecturing responsibilities in 2007.
Susan is currently the Senior Education Academic (SEA) on the Noosa campus. In this role, Susan oversees the daily operations of the Education faculty at the local level, managing staff, students and course delivery considerations. As a lecturer in the School of Education and the Arts, Susan combines lecturing duties with the co-ordination and management of pre-service teachers in their professional placement experiences at local schools.
Susan's doctoral research investigated teacher homework practices in Queensland state primary schools. Susan is now publishing in that field as an Early Career Researcher.
Central Queensland University
Brisbane College of Advanced Education
Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education
Central Queensland University
Susan Richardson's doctoral research was recognised with a CQUniversity award for Thesis Academic Excellence in 2016.
Susan has also been recognised with the following teaching awards:
Homework - Channel 7 News report to metropolitan and Queensland regional stations - 21 April 2016
Developing courses for, and teaching into new courses for, Bachelor of Education program, Central Queensland University since 2014
Developing courses for, and teaching into new courses for Bachelor of Learning Management program, Central Queensland University since 2005
Primary school teacher working in Education Queensland schools for 25 years
Educational consultant with Queensland Mining Council for 3 years
2009 - Present: Senior Education Academic (SEA), CQUniversity (Noosa)
The SEA role involves:
2005 - Present: Lecturer in Education, CQUniversity (Noosa)
The lecturing role requires:
1981 - 2005: Primary classroom teacher and senior teacher, Education Queensland (a number of state schools throughout the state)
2001 - 2004: Educational consultant, Queensland Mining Council
Susan Richardson is currently a professional member of the following organisations:
Susan's professional responsibilities have been outlined in the professional experience section above.
Susan's professional interests are aligned with the following key areas:
PRIMARY SCHOOLING CONTEXTS:
Susan counts the following among her key achievements:
2007 - 2009: Educational Consultant/Professional Development Facilitator (Australian National Schools Network, CQUniversity)
The consultancy was a joint venture between the Australian National Schools Network (ANSN) and CQ University with staff from both organisations working in the consultancy team. The role required expertise in the Dimensions of Learning Framework (Marzano & Pickering, 1997) and the capacity to build professional knowledge and capabilities for, and with teachers. Professional development workshops were facilitated with private and state primary schools around Queensland and in Darwin.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Associate Supervisor
Other Education - Education not elsewhere classified
Susan in interested in the area of "resilience in young people" and would be interested in exploring the ways in which classroom teachers scaffold and develop the appropriate skill-sets relevant to resilience and mental health promotion.