Associate Professor Susan Rowland

Associate Professor

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54615


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 (, 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.


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


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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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.