Doctor Susan Mowbray

Doctor Susan Mowbray

Learning Advisor, Academic Literacy,
Graduate Research School


Susan completed her Doctor of Philosophy through the Centre for Educational Research at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Sydney, Australia in 2010. Susan also completed her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood at UWS and during the four years of her undergraduate degree, she was named on the Dean's Merit List for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Upon graduating from her Bachelor's degree, Susan received the University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship and UWS Scholarship to undertake her PhD. More recently Susan received a 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Citation Award for her outstanding contributions to postgraduate student learning.

Susan's research interests include higher and early childhood education and examining students' and teachers' experiences of learning and working, as reflected in her publications. Susan is currently the Academic Literacy Advisor in the Graduate Research School. In this role Susan develops and implements programs to support higher degree research candidates, working alongside them to develop and strengthen their academic writing skills. 

Since 2018, Susan, with Dr Juliet Lum from Macquarie University, facilitates and co-hosts bimonthly online discussions for the Doctoral Writing SIG Community. This initiative was instigated at the Doctoral Writing SIG meeting at the 2018 Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) conference. The discussions aim to build community within the Doctoral Writing Special Interest Group alongside the SIG's blog. The mailing list has members from New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. 

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BEd(EC) University of Western Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Graduate Research School



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Aitchison, C. & Mowbray, S. (2015). Doctoral writing markets: exploring the grey zone. In T. Bretag (Ed.), Handbook of academic integrity. Springer.

Aitchison, C. & Mowbray, S. (2013). PhD women: Managing emotions, managing doctoral studies. Teaching in Higher Education. Vol 18, Issue 8, pp. 859-870.   

Newman, L. & Mowbray, S. (2012). "We were expected to be equal": Teachers and academics sharing professional learning through practitioner inquiry. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Vol 18, Issue 4.

Halse, C. & Mowbray. S. (2011). Editorial. Special edition in 2011 of Studies in Higher Education: Theorising the   doctorate. Vol 36, Issue 5, pp.  513-525.

Mowbray, S. & Halse, C. (2010). The purpose of the PhD: Theorising the skills acquired by studentsHigher Education Research and DevelopmentVol 29, Issue 6, pp. 653-664. 

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