Susan Mlcek

PhD, Associate Professor/Associate Head, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Aspro

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Associate Professor Susan Mlcek's interests reflect her teaching and learning qualifications and experience, including Andragogy – the science of helping adults to learn. Furthermore, at the heart of her academic practice – in both learning and teaching, and research – lie two influences: the significance of her Indigeneity, and her engagement with Andragogy. From a Kaupapa Maori worldview, and an auto-ethnographical stance, the influence of being Māori-Indigenous with its spiritual and tribal connections, and her ongoing quest to address the 'science of helping adults to learn' [Eduard Lindeman 1927, in Brookfield 1987], is woven through personal pedagogy that privileges inclusive practice which is also about working within a social justice framework of equity, access, participation and rights of people. These ideas serve to highlight the juxtaposition of those strands that Susan upholds at all levels of research, learning and teaching: cultural competence, community development, critical reflection in adult teaching and learning, and curriculum development and delivery.

Research Interests

  • Auto-ethnography
  • Community eco-development
  • Indigenous philosophy, knowledges, theories and  research methods
  • Critical whiteness studies

Professional Information

Memberships of Advisory Boards and Panels:

  • Member of the CSU Indigenous Board of Studies
  • Qualifications equivalence and academic standards Panel Member
  • Lead for FoAE with CSU Academy of Teaching Excellence


Strategic Research Areas:

  • Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University


Doctor of Philosophy (Community Development and Management), University of Western Sydney


Master of Commerce, University of Western Sydney


Master of Arts, University of Western Sydney


Bachelor of Adult Education, University of Western Sydney


External positions

Director Foundational Studies

Apr 2006Jan 2008

Subject keywords

  • Whiteness, decolonising methodologies


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