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Susan Davis

Susan Davis

Susan Davis is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and the Arts at Central Queensland University, Australia. 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, and the drama education professional association for over 25 years. Her research has focused on drama, engagement, digital technologies and sustainability. 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. Recent collaborations have included the development of a drama and arts-based professional learning program for early childhood educators called The Open Storybox. Susan was one of the authors of the drama book ‘Dramatexts’ and was lead editor for the book “Dramatic interactions in education: Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research”. She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She was awarded the 2014 Vice Chancellor award for Research Excellence – Early Career and is the current Convenor of the Arts Education Research Special Interest Group of the Australian Association for Research in Education and is on the Board for Drama Australia.  Her passion is to make learning creative, meaningful and contagious – whether it be in the classroom, online or in the community.