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Dr Susana Akua Saffu

Coordinator/Lecturer

Education of adults; Developmental education; Cross-cultural education – Migrant and Indigenous education; Education for diverse and marginalised communities; Women’s education


  • Name: Dr Susana Akua Saffu
    Position: Coordinator/Lecturer, Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges (DATSIK)/ Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy (BATSIA)/Associate Degree in Applied Social Science/Bachelor of Applied Social Science
    Research focus: Education of adults; Developmental education; Cross-cultural education – Migrant and Indigenous education; Education for diverse and marginalised communities; Women’s education


    Email: susana.saffu@batchelor.edu.au


    Qualifications: PhD; Master of International & Community Development; MEd. Studies; BEd.


    Professional memberships and associations
    • Member, African Studies Association of Australasia and Pacific (AFSAAP)
    • Member, Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)
    • Member, Development Studies Network
    • Member, Charles Darwin University Alumnus
    • Member, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario, Canada
    • Former member, NT Council of Adult Literacy
    • Former member, Indigenous Youth at Risk Network

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Susana is an early career researcher with an extensive working experience as an academic, educator, consultant and volunteer in diverse educational contexts for over three decades. Susana’s wide ranging interests in adult education and professional development, women’s education, indigenous, migrant and cross-cultural education and online learning are inspired by her personal, professional and academic experiences as an African woman migrant, an adult educator and community volunteer. Susana’s scholarship and research activities have an enduring focus on education and training as a tool for empowerment. Using a range of qualitative research methods, Susana’s research promotes equity, access in education and social inclusion for diverse and marginalised communities.

    Susana has significant experience working in international contexts including Ghana, England, United States, Papua New Guinea and Canada. She coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Social Science program at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

    • Adult education and community development
    • • Education and social inclusion
    • Migration, education and integration
    • Indigenous education
    • Transformative learning and empowerment

    AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS & FELLOWSHIPS

    • 2015 Batchelor Institute – Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
    • 2009 African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Postgraduate Essay Prize Winner for conference paper titled: Adult education and community capacity building: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory.

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    2012 – Present Coordinator/Lecturer, Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges (DATSIK)/ Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy (BATSIA), Associate Degree in Applied Social Science/Bachelor of Applied Social Science - BIITE
    2013 Acting Senior Lecturer, BATSIA/BILL/DCIW - BIITE
    2011 Coordinator of First Year programs – Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge (BATSIK – Social Science, Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing)/ Coordinator/Lecturer Social Science stream - BIITE
    2007 – 2010 Coordinator/Lecturer - Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) - BIITE
    2006 – 2007 Coordinator/Lecturer - Certificate III & IV in Community Services Work - BIITE
    2005 – 2006 Lecturer – ESL/LINC Programs -Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, Canada
    2002 – 2004 Coordinator - Certificate II in Community Skills (Women and Development); Certificates II & III in Community Work; Certificates III & IV in Youth Work – Juvenile Justice – BIITE
    2002 Acting Regional Senior Lecturer, Top End - BIITE
    1995 – 2002 Coordinator/Lecturer - Certificate II in Community Services (Women and Development)
  • (In prep) Saffu, S.A. 2016 - 2017 – “Learning as transformation and empowerment” for submission to Studies in Adult Education Journal/Australian Journal of Adult Learning
    (Submitted) Saffu, S.A. & Shaw, S.A. July, 2016, “From migration to integration: The case of African-Australian women” submitted to Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies/Studies in Adult Education Journal.
    Saffu, S.A. - 2016 – “Issues and ideas for women and girls today in VET and adult education – The case of African Australian women in the Northern Territory”, Conference paper presented at the Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) National Conference on Women: Education, Empowerment, Equality - A New Agenda?, 20th April 2016, Sydney
    Saffu, S.A. & Shaw, G. S. 2015, “From migration to integration”: The case of African-Australian women” Conference paper at the 22nd International Conference on Adult Learning, 9th – 11th July, Madrid, Spain.
    Saffu, S.A. 2014, Learning as transformation and empowerment: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory of Australia, PhD Thesis, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
    Saffu, S.A. 2011, “The role of adult education in community capacity building: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory of Australia” – September, 2011 CDU - LEBA Postgraduate seminar presentation.
    Saffu, S.A. 2010, “Adult education and community capacity building: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory” Australasian Review of African Studies 31 (1) 3 -12 http://www.afsaap.org.au/ARAS/ARAS.htm
    Saffu, S.A. 2009, “Adult education and community capacity building: The case of African-Australian women in the Northern Territory” - Conference paper http://www.afsaap.org.au/Conferences/Winners