Assoc Prof Susan Carson

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PhD (University of Queensland)

Background Associate Professor Sue Carson taught in the Creative Writing and Literary Studies discipline in CIF for some years and developed courses in Shakespearean studies and popular culture before moving to the CIF Research Office. As a former information technology journalist, she maintains an interest in Australian media. Her MA (Research), ‘Seeking a life in the literary position: the writing of Charmian Clift‘, was awarded by the University of Queensland in 1994. Susan’s doctorate, ‘Making the Modern: the writing of Eleanor Dark’ was awarded by the University of Queensland in 1999.  Associate Professor Carson was Head of Postgraduate Studies (Research) in the Creative Industries Faculty and now researches in the field of higher degree research pedagogy as well as in cultural tourism.  In 2013 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching (a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning).  In 2014 she was appointed Research Leader for the school of MECA, Media Entertainment and Creative Arts, CIF. She supervises a range of PhD and MA (Research) and Honours students in the area of creative writing practice and cultural studies. Sue teaches writing and communication in the Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT as well as undergraduate courses on literature and popular culture. Research interests are:

  • HDR creative practice pedagogies
  • cultural tourism in Australia
  • creative writing
  • Australian writing and the environment
  • scientific and technical writing

Awards:

Dean’s Award for Leadership (2008)

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for Student Management (2006)

Additional information

Sue has a strong interest in the relationship between literature and the environment, in particular literary walking trails, and she has conducted field research in this context.

In 2014 she was part of a team that won a University of Sunshine Coast seed grant ‘Cultural Ecology and the Common Reader: Community Book clubs as Vehicle for Eco-critical Reading beyond the Academy,’ University of Sunshine Coast Seed Grant (2013–2014)  The project is a study into the artistic happenings occurring between communities outside the academy, literary works and established theoretical frameworks of eco-criticism.

In 2012-2013 she won a  Royal Historical Society of New South Wales (2012–2013) grant  on community engagement and literary heritage.  The grant,  ‘Katoomba Lives: Environmental Heritage, Literature, Technology’ (acquitted) produced a report for the RAHS and demonstrates national recognition of CIF expertise in heritage, environment and with mobile technologies.

In 2012 she was a member of a team that won an Arts Queensland (2012) $25 000 [environmental literature content for gallery trails in 2012–2013] for the Gold Coast City Gallery.

In 2010 she was part of a team that won an QUT Early Career Researchers Grant (2010) of $10,000 for ‘Walk the Book’ to design e-literary trails (completed). This grant provided the data that is the basis of four international journal publications to date.

In 2008 she walked the then newly-opened ‘Coleridge Trail’ in Somerset, England, to conduct field work on the relationship of literature, walking, and community engagement in the context of the poetry of Samuel Coleridge.

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2012
Details
Editorial panel member Australian Women's Book Review
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Membership of Society and assistance to the organizing committee of the 2011 D. H. Lawrence Society of North America 12th international conference (Sydney).
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Membership of Romantic Studies Associatin of Australia and delivery of conference papers.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Membership of Modern Lnaugaegs Association of America and delivery of papers to a series of MLA conferences (the premier USA scholarly organization in literary studies).
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2012
Details
Membership of Modernist Studies Association of America and regular attendance at MSA conferences.
Title
Good Practice Report: Postgraduate Research and Coursework Degrees
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SP13-3265
Start year
2013
Keywords
Postgraduate; courses; PhD; Report; HDR
Title
Building distributed leadership for effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
OLT LE12-2264
Start year
2012
Keywords
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