Dr Susen Smith has three decades of leadership, teaching and research experience from Pre-K to Tertiary. She has a diverse teaching background having worked across Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Gifted and Special Education, Education for Sustainability, TESOL and Aboriginal Studies. Her research interests include: Differentiating pedagogy for students with gifts, including underachievers, using dynamic cognitive and affective taxonomies. She has been invited as a visiting scholar to Columbia University, CUNY, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, is published internationally, has presented at national and international conferences, and most recently was an invited keynote speaker at the Sino-Australian Gifted Education Forum, China.
Susen has acquired several competitive research grants and her most recent award was the ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Interdisciplinary Research Innovation’. Her previous roles were as a Sessional Lecturer in Special Education at the University of Newcastle, where she completed her PhD, Lecturer in Learning, Teaching & Gifted Education at the University of New England (UNE) and Associate Professor for a project at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her UNSW, School of Education role is as a Senior Lecturer in Gifted & Special Education and GERRIC Senior Research Fellow, MEdGifted Ed Advisor, 4th Year BA BEd, BA(Dance)BEd, BEcBEd & BComBEd Convenor, and School of Education Indigenous Winter School Convenor.
Dr Smith has successfully supervised several postgraduate research projects to timely completion. She currently supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students’ research that focuses on Differentiation, Effective Pedegogy in Inclusive education, Acceleration & Grouping, Metacognition & Critical Literacy, Underachievement, Bibliotherapy, Creativity for at-risk gifted children, Visual-spatial learners, Twice-Exceptionality, Giftedness & English Language learners, Identification and Dabrowski. Please contact her if you are interested in postgraduate studies in gifted education or special education.