Susannah McGowan is the Director for Curriculum Transformation Initiatives at The Red House, Georgetown's education innovation research unit. After starting her career as a curriculum designer at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University from 2001-2007, she returned to Georgetown in Fall 2019 after five years in the UK where she worked at University College London and King’s College London.
While at King’s, she co-established King’s Academy in 2017, a center for educational development supporting integral programs for faculty and graduate students around inclusive pedagogy, assessment, and blended learning. She earned her Ph.D. in education, technology, and culture from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014.
Her external work includes: as an advisory design fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education; as associate editor for Teaching, Learning and Inquiry (TLI) and a member of the Publications Committee for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL); as an editor for the collected volume on humanism in STEM and as a conference organizer for Threshold Concepts 2021 (virtual) and 2023 (Australia).