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Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan

Associate Professor (Education)

Carmel O'Sullivan is the convenor of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG). She organises an international Summer School in Drama and Theatre in Education each year (M.Ed.), and is a founding member of ADEI (the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland). Carmel is involved in several externally funded research projects. Her research interests include arts education, drama with children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder, early childhood arts education, the work of the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal; and creativity in teaching and learning. Carmel is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences, and has delivered lectures and workshops in academic and professional institutions worldwide. She has organised numerous national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. Carmel is very active in her local community and has continued to work with children and young people on a weekly basis throughout her professional career.
  Arts and health   Arts in Education   Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder   AUTISM SPECTRUM   Dance Education   Drama and theatre in education   Early Years Education   Higher Education   Special Education
 Career LEAP (Local Employment Action Partnership) - Phase 3
 Level Up: Enhancing socially disadvantaged young people's career, college and work readiness through a school-based training programme
 Mapping of Whole Child Development Pedagogies and Models in Western Europe and North America
 'All Heads Together': Working through the visual arts to protect our environment
 Career LEAP (Local Employment Action Partnership) - Phase 2

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Invited member of the Expert Advisory Group on Pillar 1 of the Creative Ireland Programme, for the Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dept of Education, and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs. 2018-2021
Member of Accredited Programmes Working Group for NAIRTL (National Academy for Integrated Research in Teaching and Learning) 2008 to 2010
Academic development sessions for teaching staff in several Higher Education institutions on effective communication skills for teaching and learning in higher education 2007 to date
Special Interest Group convenor for Drama and Special Needs Education for IDEA (International Drama, Theatre and Education Association) 2006 to date
External examiner for the Institute of Education, University of Warwick (2006-2009) 2006 to 2009
Member of HETAC validation panel for a postgraduate programme on Teaching and Learning at Griffith College Dublin (2008) and the BA in Humanities at Carlow College (2006). 2006 to 2008
Member of international academic advisory committees: IDEA (International Drama, Theatre and Education Association) 6th World Congress in Hong Kong; 7th IDIERI conference (International Drama in Education Research Institute). 2005 to date
Member of the international editorial advisory committee for five peer reviewed journals: RIDE (Research in Drama Education) (2005 to date); the Journal for Drama in Education (2004 to date); Drama Research - International Journal of Drama in Education (2011 to date); the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy (2013 to date); and Applied Theatre Research (2014 to date). 2004 to date
Member of the Peer Review Group of St. Patrick's College of Education (Quality Assurance Programme, Irish Universities Quality Board) 2004
External examiner for the Cork School of Music, CIT (2003-2008) 2003 to 2008
Commissioned writer for the NCCA (National Guidelines on the use of Drama in Education for students with Mild, Moderate and Severe and Profound General Learning Disabilities) 2000 to 2002
Visiting research professor to Chongqing University of Education, China 2018-19
Chairperson of ADEI (Association for Drama in Education in Ireland) 1999 to 2009
Adjudication of Drama and Theatre festivals (nationally and internationally). 1995 to date
Visiting research professor to East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai 2018
External examiner for University College Cork (2014-2016) - Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2014-2016
External expert on the validation panel for the PG Certificate in Creative and Cultural Education, Edge Hill University, Liverpool, UK 2014
Member of academic advisory committee for IDIERI (the International Drama in Education Research Institute) 2012
External examiner for St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2011-2014) 2011 - 2014
External examiner in the School of Social Studies, DIT (2011-2014; 2000-2003) 2011 to 2014
Member of the Academic Board of IICP (Institute of Integrated Counselling and Psychotherapy) 2010 - 2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Fluent
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Expert Advisory Group Member on Pillar 1 of the Creative Ireland Programme (Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dept of Education, and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs) 2018 2021
ETAI (Encountering the Arts Ireland) 2012 To date
AISHE (All Ireland Society for Higher Education) 2005 to date
ADEI (Association for Drama in Education in Ireland): Founding member and Chairperson (1999 to 2009) 1999 to date
ATE (Association for Teachers of English) 1998 2008
ND (National Drama, UK) 1997 to date
IDEA (International Association for Drama and Theatre in Education): member of the Executive Committee (1998-2004); secretary to the Accountancy Committee (1998-2004); member of the International Advisory Committee (2005-2007) 1995 to date
NATD (National Association for the Teaching of Drama), UK: National Publicity Officer (1995-'98); National Conference Officer (1996-'98); member of international editorial advisory committee (2004 to date) 1993 to date
Youth Theatre Ireland (formerly the National Association of Youth Drama - NAYD) 1993 to date
Carmel O'Sullivan, The 'Social Drama' Model for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 1st edition, iBook version,, 2020, 1 - 188pp, Book, SUBMITTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, with Deirdre Rogers, Teaching Artists' Handbook: A resource for artists working in schools and teachers working with artists, with reuse materials in inclusive educational settings., 1st edition, 2020, 1 - 210pp, Book, SUBMITTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, with Chris Cooper, Cao Xi and Yi Man Au, Drama in Education: An Introductory Reader, 1st edition, China, Nanjing University Press, 2020, 1 - 235pp, Book, ACCEPTED
Deirdre Rogers and Carmel O'Sullivan, All Heads Together - Inclusive teaching & learning through the Visual Arts with Reuse Materials, Providing Leadership to the First 5, Croke Park Conference Centre Dublin, 12 and 13 April , edited by Early Childhood Ireland , 2019, Conference Paper, APPROVED
Carmel O'Sullivan and Niamh Price, Perceptions of Play and Drama in Education in Early Years Classrooms in China, Drama Research: International Journal of Drama in Education , 10, (1), 2019, p1 - 41, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Carmel O'Sullivan, David Davis, and Suzanne Colleary(ed.), 'WHO AM I? WHO CAN TELL ME WHO I AM?' THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOCIAL/POLITICAL IN THE PERSONAL IN CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S DRAMA An edited collection celebrating the contribution of David Davis to drama and theatre in education, Trinity Education Papers - Special Edition, Trinity College Dublin , 6, (1), March 9 and 10 2019, Custodian , 2019, 1-238 p, Proceedings of a Conference, IN_PRESS
Carmel O'Sullivan, Exploring life and mortality through Drama in Education (Qingming) with children and their parents. A series of practical workshops and training seminars for children, teachers, parents, and educators. , Cheese Education Centre, Chengdu, China, 5-7 April , 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Creativity in the kindergarten and the role of arts education in young children's development in 21st century education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 12 April, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Planning Drama in Education in Primary School Classrooms: A Continuous Professional Development Course , Shanghai, China, 14-15 April, 2018, Drama Rainbow and Renmin University Press, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Jacqueline Maguire, Noirin Hayes, Seoidin O'Sullivan, Lucie Corcoran and Grainne McKenna, The wonder project: an early years arts education project with Traveller mothers and their children, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1350293, 2018, p1 - 27, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Carmel O'Sullivan, Catalina Villanueva Vargas, Erika Piazzoli and Marita Kerin, 'Growing through the cracks: Arts in education in institutional margins', Volume 5, Issue 2, Trinity College Dublin, Custodian , 2019, 1 - 187pp, Book, IN_PRESS
Carmel O'Sullivan, Including children and young people with autism in arts events, run and organised by artists and arts organisations , Events for All. Training for artists, Poetry Ireland, 2019, Notes: [Funded by the British Council, iBbY Ireland, Poetry Ireland and Children's Books Ireland, this training provides fiction/children's writers, poets, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and screenwriters wit the necessary skills to confidently perform events in schools, libraries and festival environments that are inclusive to all children and young people. The training aims to encourage and enable all literary, arts and children's festivals to programme events for children with autism. ], Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, The Benefits of Drama in the Ethical Education Classroom, Ethical Education Teacher Professional Network, Dublin, Ireland, May 11, 2019, Educate Together, Invited Talk, APPROVED
Carmel O'Sullivan and Deirdre Rogers, All Heads Together. A ReCreate resource for artists and teachers working in inclusive educational settings with reuse materials, Dublin, Ireland, ReCreate Ireland, 2018, 1 - 65pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Carmel O'Sullivan, A training day on Social Drama for teachers of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Education Centre, Portlaois, March, 2018, DES (Special Education Support Service), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Strategies for staff working with students with ASD in Higher Education , Autism Campus Awareness, Sligo IT, 7th Nov, 2018, Notes: [A staff development training day to launch Sligo IT as an autism friendly campus], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Enlivening teaching and learning in higher education , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland , 14 December, 2018, RCSI School of Nursing and Midwifery, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Shane Bergin Marita Kerin, Carmel O'Sullivan, Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Diarmaid O'Donovan , 'Cross curricular teaching and learning through the arts', (Teaching Council of Ireland research webinar series,, 2017, -, Digital research resource production, PRODUCED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Jennifer Symonds and Jos Akkermans, Career LEAP - Work Readiness Programme, 3rd Youth Employability Initiative, Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin, February 9th , 2017, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Elaine Clotworthy and Sarah Clarke, Social Drama for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Special Education Support Service (DES), Portlaoise Education Centre, 23rd March, 2017, 1-66pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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I received one of only two major awards for postgraduate study granted by the Irish Arts Council in 1993. 1994
Nominated and won a community service award from Dublin Bus for our work on Social Drama with people with autism 2009
Nominated as a 'Changemaker' by Ashoka for contributing to social change across the country July 2017
Our 'Heads Up' research project received an Allianz Business to Arts Award in 2017 for the best Community Arts project (ReCreate, EPA and TCD) 5th Sept 2017
Shortlisted for The Registrar's Civic Engagement Award 2018 for Career LEAP in recognition of outstanding engagement with society April 2018
An article I wrote about the Career LEAP programme was shortlisted for the 2018 British Educational Research Association Editors' Choice Award for articles published in its Review of Education journal. August 2018
Nominated for a QS Reimagine Education award October 2018
Social Drama, Asperger Syndrome and Autism . The development of sub-types in autism spectrum disorder . Early childhood arts education . Arts education . Drama and theatre in education . Creativity in teaching and learning . Work readiness for unemployed young adults