Dean, Faculty of Arts and Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

Susan has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of Philosophy at UTAS since 2009. Formerly from the University of Wollongong (UoW), she held a series of positions (1989 – 2009) before being promoted to Professor of Philosophy in 2006 and Head, School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Languages in 2007.

Professional Activity

Susan has held a number of positions in professional associations, including being a founding member of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics ((FAB): a Network of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB)), and Co Coordinator of FAB 2002-2004 and 2004-2006. She has served as a member of the IAB Board and was Vice President of the IAB 2007-2009. Susan was appointed to the Council of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (2007-2009) and was elected President of the AAP (2007-2008). Susan is the Vice-President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Science and Humanities (DASSH).

Susan serves as a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and is the AHEC member-in-common on the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee. From 2010-2012 she was a member of the National Enabling Technologies Strategy (NETS) Stakeholder Advisory Council, and served as its Chair in 2012.

Research Interests

Susan’s research explores the intersections of ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, feminist theory and public policy. She has published extensively on issues relating to bioethics, deliberative democracy, relational autonomy and reproductive technology.

Susan has two research projects currently funded by the Australian Research Council; one project explores the ethical issues associated with developments in bionics and nanotechnology, and for which she is a Chief Investigator and Director of the Ethics program on the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The second project is an ARC Discovery project “Vulnerability, Autonomy and Justice”.

Experience

  • –present
    Dean, Faculty of Arts and Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania
  • 2013–present
    Deputy Provost, University of Tasmania

Education

  • 1993 
    La Trobe University, PhD
  • 1984 
    University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts (Double Specialisation Philosophy & Political Science)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Vulnerability, Agency and Justice
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council DP11012272
  • 2005
    Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council CE0561616
  • 2005
    Big Picture Bioethics: Policy-making and liberal democracy
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council, DP0556068