Susan lectures on the BA (hons) Social Care Practice and BA (hons) Early Childhood Care and Education programmes, and on the MA Leadership in Early Childhood programme at IT Sligo. Currently, her teaching focuses on two main areas: Childhood & Youth Studies, and Arts in Social Care & Community Contexts. She is also engaged with supervision of BA and MA dissertations, and with practice placement students.
Susan's PhD research focused
on young children, identity and belonging in Ireland in the context of
current discourses on migration, using ethnographic and art-based
methodologies; and was supervised by Dr Linda Connolly and Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire. Current research interests include children's rights and agency; migration and race in
children's lives; children's cultures; children's media; visual and narrative
Prior to joining IT Sligo in 2007, Susan worked as artist/facilitator in a range of social care and community contexts.