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Dr Susan Shannon
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Dr Susan Shannon is an Architect and University Teacher, with a particular professional interest in evaluation of student learning outcomes. For 25 years prior to joining the University in 2000 she practised Architecture for major Australian and South Australian firms, and in her own practice.
Dr Shannon holds a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator position in the School of Architecture & Built Environment.
Her 1996 PhD considered the realm of student learning outcomes both in architecture and more generally. Her expertise in evaluation was developed during this period. Subsequently Dr Shannon has held a range of positions at the University of Adelaide involving that expertise and evaluating student learning outcomes for National Teaching Development Grants and the Learning and Teaching Development Unit and Online Learning and Teaching Unit as well as Manager of the Evaluation Program, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School from 2003 ~ 2007.
From 2007 Dr Shannon has worked full-time in the School of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. Serving her professional community, she is passionate about building communities through good urban design; and in that capacity has been the Chair of the Judging panel for the Gawler Prize since 2001-2011. On 1 Jan 2011 the Minister for Urban Development and Planning appointed Dr Shannon to the new Architectural Practice Board of SA for 3 years, as the only female architect and academic appointment to that Board. Dr Shannon also an Architectural Practice Examiner in SA, and a Recognition of Academic Equivalence Examiner for the AACA. Building upon this expertise, Dr Shannon's research focuses upon mapping Graduate Attributes, Graduate Capacities and employment, and Registration for Architects. She has explored through interviewing architectural practitioners Australia-wide the priorities they have in hiring architecture graduates. This evaluation itself was developed from Dr Shannon's expertise over ten years in developing assessment tools for graduate attribute mapping, as one device to enable practitioners the capacity to differentiate between graduates.
Dr Shannon's research also focuses upon the use of blended learning in teaching the techtonics of design and generally how built environment design students learn best, including the challenges for first year students. Using mixed method research, and advanced evaluation skills, Dr Shannon has evaluated studio learning particularly the teaching of techtonics of design to first - third year design and architectural engineering students. She is interested in the contribution of blended learning environments to students' learning outcomes, and with that the contribution of digital and online assessment and evaluation for students in these areas.
In 2012, Dr Shannon's research focused upon the role of Architectural Registration. Her research focus was on women in architecture, broadening the scope to include the factors pertaining to women’s advancement in and withdrawal from the profession as well as registration as an architect. The research involved comparing Australian registration data with that from other countries with relevant registration procedures.
In 2013 Dr Shannon has persisted with her research into Factors in Non-Registration of Women as Architects, through making, with Dr Katharine Bartsch, an ARC Discovery Project Application 2014. She has supervised Yishu Zeng in an Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship during summer 2012-2013 to develop a data-base of B Arch and M Arch graduates from both South Australian Universities and their registration status; as well as the numbers of South Australian graduates from both universities compared with registration data.
Her full research publications list attached.
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