Susan Young is the Dean of Students, a role that will see her portfolio develop an exciting set of strategies for aligning support for students inside and outside the classroom.
Susan has a keen interest in the capacity building of individuals who are learning for work and life. She joined VU in 2007 as the foundation Dean of the Victoria University College. In that role Susan led the development of a whole of University approaches to language, literacy and numeracy skills development. Additional responsibilities of that role were student retention, educational delivery in VU English and other aspects of academic development. She also managed the University’s relationship with the University of Texas El Paso.
Prior to joining VU, Susan made major contributions to education and the student experience in the South Australian and national VET systems. This included seven years as National Project Director, Reframing the Future, large‐scale workforce development and change management initiative in the Australian VET sector.
A major component of the program involved the utilisation of the Community of Practice methodology. She co-authored a range of practical publications on this topic which have been widely used by practitioners within Australia and overseas.
Susan began her career in education in South Australia, training as a high school teacher before moving into the TAFE sector where she completed a Bachelor of Education in adult and further education. Her interest in action learning led to her being asked to develop a Graduate Certificate in Training - Action Learning which was implemented in organisations nationally.
She completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Masters of Education in Leadership and Management.