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, and Aboriginal Studies. Her research interests include: Differentiating curriculum and pedagogy for gifted students using dynamic cognitive and affective taxonomies and matrices. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, CUNY, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, has been the guest editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, published and presented at national and international conferences, most recently as an invited keynote speaker at the Sino-Australian Gifted Education Forum, China, the Ignite the Spark, Fuel the fire: Differentiation for Diversity Conference and the Chinese Association of Gifted Education (CAGE) Conference Taiwan. Hence, her work on Curriculum Differentiation is recognised in Australia and internationally. Susen has acquired several competitive research grants and received the UNE ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Interdisciplinary Research Innovation’ and the UNSW Excellence in Postgraduate Research Award from the UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council "in recognition of my exemplary supervisory conduct and invaluable contributions to the supervision of higher degree research candidates”. Susen also organised the UNE TalentEd conferences, chaired the inaugural GERRIC Gifted Futures Forum for Talent Enhancement and is currently on the organising committees for the 2016 AAEGT National conference and the 2017 22nd WCGTC Biennial World Conference.
Her UNSW, School of Education role is as a Senior Lecturer in Gifted & Special Education and GERRIC Senior Research Fellow, and MEdGifted Ed Advisor. 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.
Dr Smith supervises PhD and Masters students’ research that focuses on Differentiation, Acceleration & Grouping, Metacognition & Critical Literacy, Underachievement, 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 including special education.