Susan is currently working and researching in curriculum development in HPE, holistic sports coaching approaches, and supporting pre-service teachers in curriculum leadership on practicum. Current funded projects include “Supporting Future Curriculum Leaders” (Office for Learning and Teaching) and “Titans Learning Centre: What Works and Why” (Griffith/ Titans/ DETE). Susan’s own PhD research was an investigation into the nature and extent of Indigenous community participation into health education decision-making for Torres Strait Islander girls in a remote region of Australia using Bernstein as a theoretical framework and critical case study methodology. Previous case studies include how HPE teachers and their students contribute to curriculum change in secondary physical education, and mapping parent-school partnerships in Indigenous education.
- Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government: Juliana McLaughlin (QUT) & Susan Whatman (Griffith University) (2011 – 2013): “Supporting Future Curriculum Leaders with Embedding Indigenous Perspectives on Teaching Practicum”, OLT = $202 000 plus QUT $98 000 TOTAL $300 000.
- Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER) “Student Outcomes of the Titans Learning Centre”. (2013-2014) Katherine Main & Susan Whatman
- Department of Education, Science & Training: Jean Phillips, Jacqui Katona, Sue Whatman & Juliana McLaughlin (QUT) (2007 – 2008): “Parents Schools Partnerships Initiative –Mapping and Sharing Effective School & Parental Engagement Strategies in the Caboolture Region”, PSPI = $60 000 plus $20 000 QUT TOTAL $80 000.
- Chancellery, QUT - Internal Staff Grants: Improving the quality and efficacy of ITAS for University Students (2007 - 2010): Sue Whatman, Juliana McLaughlin, Sue Willsteed, Annie Tyhuis and Victor Hart. TOTAL $40 000.
- Chancellery, QUT - Vice-Chancellor's Special Initiatives Fund: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (P.A.S.S.) for Indigenous Students (1994 -1996): Sue Whatman TOTAL $16 000.