Associate Professor Susan Rowland

Associate Professor

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
s.rowland1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54615

Overview

After completing her BSc Hons and PhD at the University of Sydney Susan was a Human Frontiers in Science Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut. After gaining an academic position there, she returned to Australia in 2006 to teach and research at UQ. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at UQ in 2007. In 2009 she was appointed as a full-time teaching-focused faculty member in SCMB. Susan has been a Manning Clark Fellow, an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar, and a UQ Teaching Fellow. She has won multiple awards for her teaching, including an Australian Award for University Teaching (2014) and the 2014 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Beckman Coulter Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2016 she was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

  • Science Education
    Undergraduate research, science communication, work capability, authentic learning

Research Impacts

Susan conducts multiple reserach projects in Science Teaching and Learning. She has been awarded over AUD$1.5 million for her research and teaching projects.

ALURE (Authentic Large-Scale Undergraduate Research Experience): Susan leads the ALURE project (alure-project.net), a national-level project designed to build academic capacity around the design and delivery of large-scale undergraduate research projects for science students.

SCIWILWORK: The SCIWILWORK project is a new initiative in the Faculty of Science designed to help students realise their work capabilities.

UQ SURJ: the UQ Science Undergraduate Research Journal: Susan is the Editor in Chief of SURJ@, the undergraduate research journal at UQ.

Free Energy Radio: This project aims to bring the voices and lives of working scientists to the student body at UQ.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Group Rowland hosts undergraduate researchers and Honours students every year. Please contact A/Prof Rowland to discuss projects and the availability of space within the group.

  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) allows students to experience the workplace, develop their work capability, and make informed choices about their future careers. In science, however, the incidence of industry placements is low, and despite much effort by universities and academics, there are very few WIL programs offered for science undergraduates in Australia. This project will explore alternative options for the provision of WIL to students in science. In particular, this project acknowledges that most science graduates do not work in research laboratories and, consequently, we need to consider and develop a broad set of work experiences for science students. The goal of this project is to help more students be more prepared for the world of work as a science graduate.

  • In science, "authentic" learning experiences are most frequently defined as those that allow students to learn as they do things that scientists do in the real world. Although this sounds like a simplistic explanation, authentic science learning experiences can be difficult to achieve and sustain in the classroom.

    There are multiple projects available in this area. The goal of each of them would be to develop and examine an authentic science learning experience. We can ask many questions around students' learning from these experiences; example areas of inquiry include students' self efficacy around particular technical skills, students' work capability, students' ability to engage with risk and challenge, and students' mastery of content and concepts. In addition, we can ask questions around the staff experience of designing and delivering authentic science learning experiences.

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Publications

Book

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Group Rowland hosts undergraduate researchers and Honours students every year. Please contact A/Prof Rowland to discuss projects and the availability of space within the group.

  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) allows students to experience the workplace, develop their work capability, and make informed choices about their future careers. In science, however, the incidence of industry placements is low, and despite much effort by universities and academics, there are very few WIL programs offered for science undergraduates in Australia. This project will explore alternative options for the provision of WIL to students in science. In particular, this project acknowledges that most science graduates do not work in research laboratories and, consequently, we need to consider and develop a broad set of work experiences for science students. The goal of this project is to help more students be more prepared for the world of work as a science graduate.

  • In science, "authentic" learning experiences are most frequently defined as those that allow students to learn as they do things that scientists do in the real world. Although this sounds like a simplistic explanation, authentic science learning experiences can be difficult to achieve and sustain in the classroom.

    There are multiple projects available in this area. The goal of each of them would be to develop and examine an authentic science learning experience. We can ask many questions around students' learning from these experiences; example areas of inquiry include students' self efficacy around particular technical skills, students' work capability, students' ability to engage with risk and challenge, and students' mastery of content and concepts. In addition, we can ask questions around the staff experience of designing and delivering authentic science learning experiences.

  • Group Rowland has significant experience in implementing and evaluating Large-Scale Undergraduate Research Experiences (see www.alure-project.net for an output from an OLT National Leadership Grant led by A/Prof Susan Rowland). Undergraduate Research Experiences are high-impact learning experiences and students report significant gains in multiple skills as a result of participation. This project revolves around the design, collaborative delivery, and evaluation of Large Scale Undergraduate Research Experiences.