Dr Susan Carter


Dr Susan Carter
NameDr Susan Carter
Email Addresssusan.carter@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Education)
QualificationsDipT(Primary) USQ, BEdSt USQ, MEd USQ, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Education
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9266-4300
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Biography

Susan Carter is a Senior Lecturer and Specialisation Coordinator (Special and Inclusive Education) at the University of Southern Queensland. She was an educational leader (Principal, Associate Principal and Deputy) leader in a number of Queensland schools for over a decade. Her passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others underpins her research which focuses on wellbeing, inclusion and special educational needs, and social justice.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Senior Lecturer – Level C; Specialisation Convenor – Special and Inclusive Education (current 2022)University of Southern Queensland20112023
Program Director Master of Learning and TeachingUniversity of Southern Queensland – School of Education20192022
Lecturer– Level B School Coordinator (Academic), University of Southern Queensland University of Southern Queensland – School of Linguistics, Adult and Special Education20172018
Lecturer Level B School of Education, University of Southern QueenslandUniversity of Southern Queensland – School of Education20112016
Principal Dalby State SchoolQueensland Department of Education and Training20112009
Acting Principal Bell P-10 State SchoolQueensland Department of Education and Training20082008
Acting Principal Oakey PrincipalQueensland Department of Education and Training20082008
Deputy Principal Oakey State SchoolQueensland Department of Education and Training 20052008
Principal Pallara State School Queensland Department of Education and Training 20012005
Acting Deputy Principal Warrigal Road State SchoolQueensland Department of Education and Training 20042004
Acting Associate Head Calemvale Community CollegeQueensland Department of Education and Training 20032003
Principal Jambin State SchoolQueensland Department of Education 19992020
TeacherQueensland Department of Education 19911998

Expertise

wellbeing; special and inclusive education, diversity and inclusion, social justice leadership; Contributive Research Method

Teaching

EDU8707- Wellbeing in Educational Contexts (Master of Education Program)

EDM8014 - Literacy and Special Educational Needs (Master of Learning and Teaching Program, Initial Teacher Education)

EDM5002 – Inclusion and Diversity (Master of Learning and Teaching Program, Initial Teacher Education)

Fields of Research

  • 390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
  • 390112. Religion curriculum and pedagogy
  • 390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
  • 390301. Continuing and community education
  • 390303. Higher education
  • 390304. Primary education
  • 390407. Inclusive education
  • 390412. Teacher and student wellbeing
DipT(Primary)
USQ
1992
BEdSt
USQ
1998
MEd
USQ
2000
PhD
USQ
2016

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Using the Growing Inclusive Wellbeing 12 Pathways (GIW-12P) to Inform a School-wide Approach to Wellbeing PromotionPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2024
HIGH QUALITY COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN AUSTRALIAN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES: A POSTSTRUCTURAL CASE STUDYAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
An exploration of child sexual abuse prevention programs to support the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations in an early learning context.Associate SupervisorMasters2022
School Support for Students Suspected to be Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence: An Australian StudyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2020
Exploration of how the general capabilities are being by used special school teachers within the classroom to support teaching, learning and assessment.  Associate SupervisorDoctoral2020
Can Coaching Contribute to the Subjective Wellbeing of School Leaders and Teachers?Associate SupervisorDoctoral2020
`Teacher-parent voice: Exploring strength-based, whole-class teacher-led practices for specific learning difference evidenced in writing in the early years.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2019

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Making the Call: An Exploration of Principal Decision-Making and Autonomy in a State School ContextAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Teachers¿ Distress Tolerance Experiences Associated with Teaching Dilemmas: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological ExplorationAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Project titleDetailsYear
Scholarship Grant - Excellence Award for Faculty Teaching - Business, Education, Law and Arts I was Lead Chief Investigator obtaining a grant for: the development and utilisation of two Open Education Resources that have allowed students’ access to, and engagement in quality authentic learning, awarded by UniSQ with the funds of $50002021
Scholarship Grant - Excellence Award for School/College Teaching I was Lead Chief Investigator and awarded a grant for work in publishing Open Textbooks utilised in Master level University Courses helping mitigate socio-economic barriers for students and opening up opportunities for learning in diverse ways. Awarded by UniSQ with the funds of $15502021
Learning and Teaching Scholarship GrantI was Lead Chief Investigator and awarded a grant leading a team in the creation and publication of a free open textbook, Opening Eyes onto Inclusion and Diversity where the text is utilised in a number of cross discipline University courses. Awarded $100002018
Internal Grant Scheme Research funding was granted for a project with the delivered outcome of a journal publication. Grant awarded by UniSQ with the funds of $50002012
Building The Education Revolution (BER) Grant from the Department of EducationI was Lead Chief Investigator and awarded a BER grant from the Department of Education, with funds of $ 1.1.million. Led the campaign obtaining strong local community and was awarded funds for a new full-sized gymnasium and was responsible for the management and accountability of the funds. 2010
Community Gambling Benefit Fund I was Lead Chief Investigator with the Parents and Community and awarded a grant for an application made by Pallara State School of $150000. Together with a Grant Application to linked to music appreciation where I was awarded $40 000 for musical instruments. This $190 000 paid for a school community creative centre.2004
ARC Recycling GrantI was Lead Chief Investigator and awarded a grant for $5000 grant linked to advocacy for recycling and education. This resulted from an innovative approach to engage complex learners in literacy where together. I obtained extensive community support and donations for a car, paint for the car, convinced a tow truck company to deliver the car free to the school and later to transport it to Brisbane (2 hours away). I convinced the school principal to let my class to use permanent paint on the car, covering it with messages regarding recycling. This car was exhibited in Brisbane and a photo was published in the Courier Mail.1998
$5000 Clive Berghofer Grant I was Lead Chief Investigator and awarded a community grant from Clive Berghofer to contribute funds to a project work space to engage students with special needs (Fairview Heights State School).1998
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2022Examination of Honours Level Thesis in the Doctor of Education Program Central Queensland University
2020Invited panel speaker discussing motivation for publications of Open Text in relation to student access to education and the foreseen and unforeseen impacts International Open Access University of Southern Queensland
2020Keynote speaker on teacher wellbeing for Regional Rural and Remote Summit, creating working partnerships with industry and opening the door to create research opportunitiesSchool of Education University of Southern Queensland
2020Invited speaker on ABC radio for a 30 minute live discussion on Open textbooks, particularly wellbeing in Educational ContextsABC radio
2020Invited keynote speaker on wellbeing promotion in schools International Digital Dexterity Conference ALIA
2019Invited speaker on creating social hope is a way of being - but how does it happen? AARE Conference in Brisbane
2018Invited keynote speaker at the Regional Forum on Wellbeing Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL)
2018Invited speaker on Learning and inclusion for disadvantaged youth European Educational Research Association Conference (ECER)
2018Invited speaker on School principals growing positive affect and sustaining overall satisfaction with life contributes to engaging positively with school community European Educational Research Association Conference (ECER)
2017Invited speaker on How satisfied are you as a leader, leading with subjective well-being maintained? the Queensland Association of Special Education Leaders Conference (QASEL)
2015Invited speaker on Leading the self and managing subjective well-being Australian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference (ACEL)
2013Invited speaker on Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask 7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference
Item reviewedYear
Teaching and Teacher Education2021

Wellbeing, Disrupted: Open education to support a flexible understanding of inclusive wellbeing

Carter, Susan, Andersen, Cecily, Stagg, Adrian and Turner, Michelle. 2021. "Wellbeing, Disrupted: Open education to support a flexible understanding of inclusive wellbeing." Digital Dexterity Champions Network 2021 event. Australia 01 - 12 Feb 2021 https://members.caval.edu.au/digitaldexterity#Day2.

Promotion of Inclusion and Wellbeing In Education

Carter, Susan. 2023. Promotion of Inclusion and Wellbeing In Education . acaudio. acaudio.

Capturing the Complexities of Collaborative Partnerships in Early Childhood Through Metaphor

Mason, Kathy, Brown, Alice and Carter, Susan. 2023. "Capturing the Complexities of Collaborative Partnerships in Early Childhood Through Metaphor." Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-023-01580-x

In Sync: Inclusive school communities supporting students with anxiety

Carter, Susan, Andersen, Cecily and Abawi, Lindy-Anne. 2023. "In Sync: Inclusive school communities supporting students with anxiety." Heliyon. 9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e16447

Wellbeing in Educational Contexts – Second edition

Carter, Susan and Andersen, Cecily. 2023. Wellbeing in Educational Contexts – Second edition. Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

'What about us?' Wellbeing of higher education librarians

Carter, Susan, Andersen, Cecily, Turner, Michelle and Gaunt, Lorraine. 2023. "'What about us?' Wellbeing of higher education librarians." The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 49 (1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102619

An exploratory study: Using adapted interactive research design and contributive research method

Carter, Susan, Andersen, Cecily, Stagg, Adrian and Gaunt, Lorraine. 2023. "An exploratory study: Using adapted interactive research design and contributive research method." The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 49 (1), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102620

Case Study Method and Research Design: Flexibility or Availability for the Novice Researcher?

Carter, Susan. 2020. "Case Study Method and Research Design: Flexibility or Availability for the Novice Researcher?" van Rensburg, Henriette and O'Neill, Shirley (ed.) Inclusive Theory and Practice in Special Education. Hershey, United States. IGI Global. pp. 301-326

Celebrating diversity: focus on inclusion

Abawi, Lindy, Fanshawe, Melissa, Gilbey, Kathryn, Andersen, Cecily and Rogers, Christina. 2019. "Celebrating diversity: focus on inclusion." Carter, Susan (ed.) Opening eyes onto inclusion and diversity. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland. pp. 41-91

The importance of Indigenous cultural perspectives in education (the danger of the single story)

Fanshawe, Melissa, Abawi, Lindy and Guy, Jillian. 2019. "The importance of Indigenous cultural perspectives in education (the danger of the single story)." Carter, Susan (ed.) Opening eyes onto inclusion and diversity. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland. pp. 289-318

Opening eyes to vision impairment: inclusion is just another way of seeing

Cain, Melissa and Fanshawe, Melissa. 2019. "Opening eyes to vision impairment: inclusion is just another way of seeing." Carter, Susan (ed.) Opening eyes onto inclusion and diversity. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland. pp. 239-288

Opening Eyes onto Inclusion and Diversity

Carter, Susan, Abawi, Lindy-Anne, Lawrence, Jill, Brownlow, Charlotte, Desmarchelier, Renee, Fanshawe, Melissa, Gilbey, Kathryn, Turner, Michelle and Guy, Jillian. Carter, Susan (ed.) 2019. Opening Eyes onto Inclusion and Diversity . Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

Wellbeing in Educational Contexts

Carter, Susan and Andersen, Cecily. 2019. Wellbeing in Educational Contexts. Australia. University of Southern Queensland.

School principals growing positive affect and sustaining overall satisfaction with life contributes to engaging positively with school community

Carter, Susan. 2018. "School principals growing positive affect and sustaining overall satisfaction with life contributes to engaging positively with school community." European Educational Research Association 2018 Conference (ECER 2018). Bolzano, Italy 03 - 07 Sep 2018 Berlin, Germany.

Learning and inclusion for disadvantaged youth

Carter, Susan and Abawi, Lindy-Anne. 2018. "Learning and inclusion for disadvantaged youth." European Educational Research Association 2018 Conference (ECER 2018). Bolzano, Italy 03 - 07 Sep 2018 Berlin, Germany.

The journey of a novice principal: her struggle to maintain subjective wellbeing and be spiritual school leader

Carter, Susan. 2018. "The journey of a novice principal: her struggle to maintain subjective wellbeing and be spiritual school leader." International Journal of Education. 10 (3), pp. 119-142. https://doi.org/10.5296/ije.v10i3.13542

Leadership, inclusion, and quality education for all

Carter, Susan and Abawi, Lindy-Anne. 2018. "Leadership, inclusion, and quality education for all." Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education. 42 (1), pp. 49-64. https://doi.org/10.1017/jsi.2018.5

The rhetoric and reality of leading the inclusive school: socio-cultural reflections on lived experiences

Abawi, Lindy-Anne, Bauman-Buffone, Cheryl, Pineda-Baez, Clelia and Carter, Susan. 2018. "The rhetoric and reality of leading the inclusive school: socio-cultural reflections on lived experiences." Education Sciences. 8 (2), pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8020055

Inclusive schoolwide pedagogical principles: cultural indicators in action

Abawi, Lindy, Carter, Susan, Andrews, Dorothy and Conway, Joan. 2018. "Inclusive schoolwide pedagogical principles: cultural indicators in action." Bernad-Cavero, Olga and Llevot-Calvet, Nuria (ed.) New pedagogical challenges in the 21st century: contributions of research in education. United Kingdom. IntechOpen. pp. 33-55

How satisfied are you as a leader, leading with subjective well-being maintained?

Carter, Susan. 2017. "How satisfied are you as a leader, leading with subjective well-being maintained?" 2017 Queensland Association of Special Education Leaders Conference (QASELCON17). Brisbane, Australia 24 - 26 May 2017 Queensland.

Holding it together: an explanatory framework for maintaining subjective well-being (SWB) in principals

Carter, Susan. 2016. Holding it together: an explanatory framework for maintaining subjective well-being (SWB) in principals. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.

Leading the self and managing subjective well-being

Carter, Susan. 2015. "Leading the self and managing subjective well-being." Australian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference (ACEL 2015): Setting the Learning Agenda: Courage and Commitment to Lead. Sydney, Australia 30 Sep - 02 Oct 2015 Sydney, Australia.

Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask

Carter, Susan. 2013. "Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask." 7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference: Self Concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice. Singapore 09 - 11 Sep 2013 Singapore.

From disability to learning gap. How some schools have accomplished it

Carter, Susan. 2013. "From disability to learning gap. How some schools have accomplished it." Biennial Joint Conference for Learning Difficulties Conference (LDA 2013): Pedagogy in Practice. Brisbane, Australia 20 - 21 Sep 2013 Melbourne, Australia.

The reflections of a new researcher: the spiralling vortex of a doctoral journey

Carter, Susan. 2013. "The reflections of a new researcher: the spiralling vortex of a doctoral journey." Midgley, Warren, Trimmer, Karen and Davies, Andy (ed.) Metaphors for, in and of education research. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 104-117

Work performance and your subjective well-being

Carter, Susan. 2012. "Work performance and your subjective well-being." Australian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference (ACEL 2012): An Inquiry Mindset. Brisbane, Australia 03 - 05 Oct 2012 Sydney, Australia.