Sue studied Anthropology and Sociology (University of Qld), Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (UPNG). Her PhD is in Linguistics (ANU). For 12 years Sue lectured at the PNG University of Technology, in Language and Communication Studies. From 1993 to 1998, she worked in NCDS, ANU, as lecturer in Academic and Research Skills, EMD Program, then 3 years in the Academic Skills and Learning Centre. In 2001, she began part-time work in the ANU School of Resources, Environment and Society (SRES), as an Academic Skills Advisor to graduate students. When SRES was amalgamated into the new Fenner School of Environment and Society, Sue continued in her role.
While in the Fenner School, she assisted graduate students to develop skills in academic reading, writing, research, and presentations. Sue conducted classes focusing on academic skills and workshops on language development, as well as holding individual consultations with students in relation to their academic work.
Sue held the position of Academic skills Advisor in the Fenner School from until 2013, when she retired and moved to northern New South Wales. She continues to edit and proof-read PhD theses, journal articles and books for Fenner School students, as well as students and staff from other parts of ANU and from other universities within Australia. This work is done on-line.
Bourke, M., Holzknecht, S. and Bartlett, A. (eds). 2002. Weaving a Double Cloth. Stories of Women from the Asia Pacific in Australia, Pandanus Books, Canberra.
Bartlett, A., Holzknecht, S, and Cumming Thom, A., 1999. To Hit the Ground Running. Preparing Students for Graduate Study, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra (Teachers' Manual and Student Workbook).