Susan Davis is Deputy Dean Research for the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity (Noosa) and is passionate about the transformational power of the arts and creativity for enhanced learning across formal and community learning contexts. Her career spans extensive experience as a secondary drama teacher, Performing Head of Department, Senior Policy Officer and more recently as a lecturer in primary and early childhood teacher education programs. She also has been actively involved in various state and national curriculum development projects, Queensland Drama State Panel and Arts Advisory committee and in Drama Queensland/Drama Australia for over 25 years. Her research has focused on drama, engagement, digital technologies, sustainability and scriptwriting as research. She maintains active creative practice through developing performances and workshops with schools, for arts-based community projects and events including the international Water-Reckoning Rolling Role project (featured at the Heathcote Reconsidered international conference with the model further investigated since). Recent collaborations have included the development of two iterations of the drama and arts-based professional learning program The Open Storybox, first trialled with Sydney Theatre Company in 2014 and with Patch Theatre Company 2015-16. Sue was one of the authors of the drama book ‘Dramatexts’, lead editor for the book “Dramatic interactions in education: Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research” and author of “Learning that matters: Revitalising Heathcote’s Rolling Role for the digital age”. She is a regular presenter and national and international conferences and has published over 45 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research (Early Career) in 2014 and in 2016 won a VC Publications Recognition award. She is currently on the boards of Drama Australia and the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and is Co-Convenor of the Arts, Education and Practice SIG for AARE (Australia Association for Research in Education).
Senior Lecturer in Education, working in arts-based courses and assessment areas
Drama Queensland/Drama Australia/IDEA
Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance
Queensland Writers Centre
Davis, S. (Ed) 'Future Nature, Future Culture(s)' Refereed papers for the International 'Balance-Unbalance 2013' conference, Noosa
. Australian National Schools Network - Dimensions of Learning Hub Facilitator 2008
. SEQ Water - creative content consultant for strategic planning processes