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Susan Hoadley is a senior lecturer in Linguistics, specialising in academic, discipline specific and professional communication and the role of language in learning and teaching. She has researched and taught in the higher education sector in Australia for nearly 20 years, focusing on the development of language and communication skills. Since 2008, Susan has been involved in teaching and learning, particularly curriculum and learning design to deliver graduate outcomes. Prior to joining the higher education sector, Susan worked in the financial services industry for over ten years and has considerable business experience.  She holds a PhD in education from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Education from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in linguistics from Macquarie University. Susan is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Susan’s research interests combine her passion for language and education with a keen interest in a range of industry sectors, therefore much of her work is interdisciplinary. In relation to language and education, she has researched and published in specific areas such as the language of examinations and broad areas such as whole-of-institution academic language and learning, and she is an author of the popular higher education resource How to embed discipline-specific discourse. As well as being a co-author of several marketing research articles published in highly ranked journals, Susan is the lead author of a series of articles on finance education (threshold concepts) and of a book chapter on sustainability and marketing discourse published in 2020.

Having come to university and her current role through a non-traditional pathway, Susan has considerable experience in teamwork, collaboration and mentoring in a diverse range of educational and industry contexts. She has a track record of working with other academics and researchers in ways that make a difference and achieve significant outcomes. Currently, Susan is investigating language and communication in disciplines and professions, particularly in relation to sustainability (economic, social and environmental) and achieving individual, organisational and community outcomes. Susan is also interested in research that investigates the role language in higher education contexts.

External positions

Lecturer, Academic and Professional Communication, University of Technology Sydney

22 Feb 201622 Dec 2017

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Research Outputs

Developing sustainability discourse skills for business

Hoadley, S. & Baumann, C., 2020, Industry and higher education: case studies for sustainable futures. Wood, L., Tan, L. P., Breyer, Y. A. & Hawse, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 291-314 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Using experiential learning theory as a framework for undergraduate academic communication development

    Herke, M., Hoadley, S. & Wong, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Best practices for teaching and learning in languages, literatures and linguistics. Jeon, M., Figueredo, M. & Carra-Salsberg, F. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)

    Threshold concepts in finance and the role of mathematics

    Hoadley, S., Wood, L., Kyng, T. & Tickle, L., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Advances in Financial Education. Summer

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    Beyond subject silos: the potential of learning management systems to facilitate curriculum transformation

    Susan Hoadley (Speaker), Lucy Arthur (Speaker), Elaine Huber (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Getting the most out of workplace conversations

    Maria Herke (Speaker), Susan Hoadley (Speaker)
    28 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Lit@MQ Macquarie University Student Literacy Corpus

    Maria Herke (Participant), Deanna Wong (Participant), Helen Little (Participant), Susan Hoadley (Participant), Canzhong Wu (Participant)

    Activity: Other

    Embedding communication into curricula: an approach from Macquarie University

    Susan Hoadley (Speaker)
    15 Jul 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk