Susan F. Stevenson
(nee Graham)
Founder & Chief Executive Director
DipTchg, HDipTchg, AdDipTchg, CTT, BritScrtDip, DipRec&Sp, AISTD (Ball. London), AISTD (Lat. London), MNZFATD (Lat.NZ), BEd, PGDip Arts (Education), GradDipCD&AL(Hons) and M.Ed (University of Otago)

Expertise/Foci: Facilitation, Curriculum Design, Management and Leadership
about susan stevenson
Susan has held a range of senior management and leadership roles including University Staff Developer, Research Manager, Senior Lecturer, Department Head and Research Fellow, specialist Degree Programme Curriculum Advisor/Designer/Developer, Quality Assurance Analyst - Advisor, National Academic Manager, and multiple charitable trust and company directorships. Susan was a USA, UNESCO Scholarship Recipient and has chaired an NZQA Subject Advisory Group as well as research and ethics committees. In 2006, Susan founded the New Zealand Curriculum Design Institute and the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education. Both institutions are dedicated to supporting high quality and holistic education programmes that truly transform. Susan has lead or contributed to an extensive range of innovative and highly successful level 1 to 9 qualification designs or re-development projects.Susan has held a range of senior management and leadership roles including University Staff Developer, Research Manager, Senior Lecturer, Department Head and Research Fellow, specialist Degree Programme Curriculum Advisor/Designer/Developer, Quality Assurance Analyst - Advisor, National Academic Manager, and multiple charitable trust and company directorships. Susan was a USA, UNESCO Scholarship Recipient and has chaired an NZQA Subject Advisory Group as well as research and ethics committees. In 2006, Susan founded the New Zealand Curriculum Design Institute and the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education. Both institutions are dedicated to supporting high quality and holistic education programmes that truly transform. Susan has lead or contributed to an extensive range of innovative and highly successful level 1 to 9 qualification designs or re-development projects.

Research interests/expertise
Susan has been successfully engaged in advanced educational, academic and business leadership, facilitation and research activities for over 30 years in New Zealand. She has experience in managerial and leadership roles in various context including schools, museums, polytechnics, wānanga, businesses and universities. Areas of specialist expertise include institutional and staff capacity building, curriculum design and advanced transformational learning by individuals and organisations. Susan's consultancy work focuses on organisational quality development, quality facilitation and learning, curriculum design, effective and continuously improving quality management systems and applied leadership.
Samples of publications/research
1. Stevenson, S. & Zagala, K. (2020 in press). Future Institutional and Student Services Leadership Challenges: Implementing a Holistic Whare Tapa Rima-Five-Sided Home Model. In Student Support Services: Exploring impact on student engagement, experience and learning. Chief Editor: Associate Professor Fernando F. Padró, University of Southern Queensland, Editors: Dr. Megan Kek, University of Southern Queensland & Dr. Henk Huijser, Queensland University of Technology, Publisher: Springer Nature, Series Title: University Development and Administration

2. Fielden, K.; Stevenson, S.F.; Going, N.; Grant, S.; Zagala, K. (2020) Living…Whare Tapa Rima- The five sided home: A best practice holistic student support model. Ako Aotearoa: Wellington.

3. Susan Stevenson. (2015). Work-integrated Learning (WIL) experience approach in New Zealand. In (Eds) Sally Brown Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education: Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave Teaching & Learning.

4. Susan Stevenson. (2015). 'Professional educational facilitation – a brave new capacity building approach for higher education'. Conference paper presented at Higher Education Group Conference, September 2015

5. Susan Stevenson. (2014). 'Pushing the refresh button on higher and tertiary education in New Zealand', Conference paper presented at Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand Conference, November 2014

6. Susan Stevenson. (2012). The Organisation. In (Ed.) Mary Panko Developing A Research Culture, Auckland: Dunmore Press.