Department of Indigenous Studies

Susan Page

SusanAssociate Professor

Email: Susan.Page@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8634
Fax: +61 (0)2 9850 7735
Office: W3A/324

Education

BA (UNSW)
Master Health Pers. Ed. (UNSW)

Research Interests

My research focuses on Indigenous people's experience of learning and academic work in tertiary education. Collaborative research, with Dr Kristie Daniel Digregorio and Ms Sally Farrington in the area of Indigenous student success examined the experiences of Indigenous students studying in both block-mode and 'mainstream' tertiary programs. Findings from this research were translated into practical solutions to curriculum and programming issues in our courses.

More recent research into the experiences of Indigenous academic staff in Australian universities is beginning to illuminate some vital issues for Indigenous staff in higher education. The AIATSIS funded 'Indigenous Academic Voices: Stories from the tertiary education frontline' project, with Dr Christine Asmar, investigated the multiple roles performed by Indigenous academics in Australian universities; how individuals experienced the demands of those roles; and the extent of institutional recognition and support. The project has led to an international collaboration with Dr Ocean Mercier at Te Kawa a Maui (Maori Studies), Victoria University, Wellington, examining similar issues in the New Zealand context .

As the research team currently expresses it: "In comparing Indigenous academic experiences in Australia and in Aotearoa/New Zealand we draw on some evolving concepts, including the notion of a set of issues or influences we describe as 'Indemic'. Such issues, we suggest, are experienced by the academics in our study in ways that are intrinsically linked to their own Indigeneity, but are also endemic to their institutions - hence, 'Indemic'."

Publications

Page, S. New conceptualisations of old problems: researching and reorienting teaching in Indigenous Studies to transform student learning. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. (Under review)

Harrison, N., Page, S., Fineran, M. Generative methodology: An inquiry into how a university can acknowledge a commitment to its Aboriginal community. The Australian Educational Researcher. Accepted for publication June 2013.

Mercier, O., Asmar, C. & Page, S. (2011) An Academic Occupation: Mobilisation, Sit-in, Speaking Out and Confrontation in the Experiences of Māori Academics. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Vol 40, pp. 81-91.

Asmar, C., Page, S. & Radloff, A. (2011) Dispelling myths: Indigenous students' engagement with university. AUSSE Research Briefing Vol. 10, April. Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) http://www.acer.edu.au

Asmar, C., Mercier, O. Ripeka, & Page, S. (2009) 'You do it from your core': Priorities, perceptions and practices of research among Indigenous academics in Australian and New Zealand universities. In A. Brew & L. Lucas (Eds.), Academic Research and Researchers. McGraw Hill.

Asmar, C. & Page, S. (2009). Sources of satisfaction and stress among Indigenous academic teachers: Findings from a national Australian study. Asia Pacific Journal of Education 29:3, 387 - 401. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02188790903097505

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2008) Beneath the teaching iceberg: Exposing the hidden support dimensions of Indigenous academic work. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. In press.

Rose, D, Rose, M, Farrington, S & Page, S. (2008) Scaffolding Academic Literacy with Indigenous Health Sciences students: an evaluative study. Australian Journal of Education. In press.

Page, S, Farrington, S & Daniel-DiGregorio, K. (2007) 'The Student Experiences Study: Using research to transform curriculum for Indigenous health science students', Brew, A & Sachs, J (Eds) In The Transformed University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice, Sydney, Sydney University Press.

Farrington, S ., Page, S.,& Daniel DiGregorio,K. (2001) 'The Things that Matter: Understanding The Factors That Affect The Participation And Retention Of Indigenous Students in the Cadigal Program at the Faculty Of Health Sciences, University of Sydney' . Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 18, October pp. 40-55

Daniel DiGregorio, K., Farrington, S. & Page, S. (2000) 'Listening to our Students: Understanding the factors that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' academic success', Higher Education Research and Development 19(3) pp 297-309
 

Recent Conference Papers & Presentations

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2012) 'Freedom to learn, freedom to teach: How links with community connect Indigenous Australian faculty and students to academic success', presentation to the American Association for the Higher Education Council on Ethnic Participation Conference, Las Vegas, November 14.

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2012). 'Aspirations and Anomalies: Indigenous Students' engagement with university', Invited presentation, National Student Engagement Conference Melbourne, October 31.

Page, S., Pearce, S., Leslie, L and Altman, S. 2010. Quality and Equity: Enhancing Standards in Indigenous Community Management Degrees, The sixth International Pacific Rim Conference on Indigenous Education, Carins, 21-22 December.

Page, S. & Asmar, C. 2010 Diversity Down Under: Theoretical, social justice and practical imperatives for global scholars. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) Annual conference, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, October 19-22.

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2009) Academic students or student academics? Indigenous academics and higher degree research. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual Conference, Darwin, 6-9th July.

Ambler, T. Page, S., Altman, S., Leslie, L., & Everett, K. (2009) Supporting Indigenous Students' Learning: Understanding the Experiences of Students Studying in Block-mode. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual Conference, Darwin, 6-9th July.

Asmar, C. & Page, S. & Mercier, O. (2008) The (Ebony and) Ivory Tower: Indigenous community and western academia, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual Conference, Rotoroua, New Zealand, 1-4th July.

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2007) 'You ' re everything to everybody ' : Understanding the teaching and support roles played by Indigenous staff in Australian universities. Joint closing plenary, Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Knowledge Conference, hosted by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning , University of Technology, Sydney , 11-13 July.

Asmar, C. & Page, S. (2007) Culture, curriculum and complexity: Researching Indigenous academics' experience of teaching. Fourth Annual Meeting, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL), University of NSW, Sydney, 2-5 July.

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2004) The Indigenous Academic Experience: Preliminary insights from a survey of Australian universities. International Educational Research Conference, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Melbourne VIC, 28 November - 2 December.

Farrington, S, Page, S & Daniel DiGregorio, K (2002) ' Listening to our students: Facilitation of academic access'. The 2 nd National Australian Indigenous Education Conference. Townsville, QLD, 2-4, July.

Farrington, S., Page, S. & Daniel DiGregorio, K. (2002) ' The Student Experiences Study: Voices Guiding Curriculum Development'. Workshop presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. Calgary, Canada

Page, S., Daniel DiGregorio, K. & Farrington, S (2001) ' Exploring the Off Campus Experiences of Indigenous Block Mode Health Sciences Students: Making Sense of the Competing Demands of Community and Study'. Presentation at the Australian Association of Research in Education Conference, Fremantle, 2-6th December.

Daniel DiGregorio, K., Page, S. & Farrington, S. (2001) ' Doing Something for my People: Developing effective programs for Indigenous Australian students'. Workshop presented at the 83rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Seattle, Washington.

Other Articles/Papers

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2011) Hidden Stories and Unasked Questions. Campus Review, 16 May. http://www.campusreview.com.au/pages/section/article.php?s=Comment&idArticle=20932 Asmar, C. & Page, S. (2009). Sharing the Load: Indigenous cultural competency in the post-Bradley era: who will do the work? Campus Review, 12 October. http://www.campusreview.com.au/pages/section/article.php?s=Comment&idArticle=13204

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2004) 'Indigenous academic voices: Stories from the tertiary education frontline'. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) News 26, 1 (April), 13-15.

Keynote Address

Page, S. & Asmar, C. (2007) 'You ' re everything to everybody ' : Understanding the teaching and support roles played by Indigenous staff in Australian universities. Joint closing plenary, Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Knowledge Conference, hosted by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning , University of Technology, Sydney , 11-13 July.