Centre for University Pathways and Partnerships

Susan Johns

Susan Johns

Dr Susan Johns

Research Officer, Social Inclusion

Contact Details

Contact Campus Newnham Campus
Building Y
Room Reference 228a
Telephone +61 3 6324 3539
Email Susan.Johns@utas.edu.au

Susan is employed as the Research Officer, Social Inclusion. Her role is to seek funding, prepare proposals and undertake research activities relating to social inclusion. This includes input into the development of a social inclusion support plan for the university, evaluation of the Diploma of University Studies, research into articulation from vocational education and training (VET) to higher education, and input into the UTAS pathway partnership benchmarking project with three other universities. Susan also undertakes a range of other activities to support the teaching practice of staff in the University Preparation Program and Diploma of University Studies, and to further the development of alternative pathways to university.


Selected Publications:

Langworthy, A. & Johns, S. 2012, 'Why is it important for higher education to connect with the VET sector?' Refereed paper presented at HERDSA conference Connections in Higher Education, 2-5 July, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.  

Kilpatrick, S., Johns, S., Vitartas, P. & Homisan, M. 2011, 'Mobile skilled workers: Making the most of an untapped rural community resource', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 181-190.

Kilpatrick, S., Johns, S. & Mulford, B. 2010, 'Social capital, educational institutions, and leadership', in International Encyclopedia of Education, eds P. Peterson, E. Baker & B. McGaw, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 113-119.

Johns, S. 2010, 'Early childhood service development and intersectoral collaboration in rural Australia', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16, 1, 40-46.

Johns, S., Kilpatrick, S. & Loechel, B. 2004, 'Pathways from rural schools: Does school VET make a difference?', International Journal of Training Research, vol.2, no.1, pp. 55­-75.

See WARP entry for a full list of publications


Winner of best paper at the 2012 HERDSA conference. The paper, co-written with former CUPP director A/Prof Anne Langworthy, reported findings from research into VET to higher education pathways in Tasmania and provided evidence of the need to strengthen articulation between the two sectors.

Research Interests

The role of VET in rural and regional Australia , social capital and community development, partnership development and sustainability, educational and community leadership.