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Professor Carmel O'Sullivan

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Head of School (School Office - Education)

Carmel O'Sullivan is a Professor in Education in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin, and the convenor of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG). She is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Creative Ireland (Pillar One), and involved in several funded research projects in the areas of Social Drama and Autism Spectrum Disorder, early childhood arts education, and an innovative work readiness programme for young adults who face significant barriers to entering the workplace (Career LEAP). Carmel has particular expertise in the areas of creativity and inclusivity in education, working nationally and internationally with students, academics, practitioners and policy makers from the worlds of education, health, business, and community. 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 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
 A Systematic Review of the Impact of Phase One of Creative Youth (Pillar One of the Creative Ireland Programme)
 Career LEAP (Local Employment Action Partnership) - Phase 4
 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

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Member of the Expert Advisory Group for 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. 2018-2022
External Examiner, Newman University, Birmingham, UK 2020-2023
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
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
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
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 2022
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, 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, 2023, 1 - 210pp, Book, SUBMITTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, A Transdisciplinary Approach to Drama with Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum: Introducing the Social Drama Model, Arts Education Research Policy, 2023, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Carmel O'Sullivan, David Davis and Susanne Colleary, '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 College Dublin , Custodian , 2022, 1-238pp, Book, ACCEPTED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Silke Franz and Ciara Fagan , Using Frame in Drama and Theatre in Education, Body, Art and Education: Experiences from the Classroom (Cuerpo, Arte y Educación: Experiencia en el Aula), Universidad de Chile, 2-3 December 2021, edited by Catalina Villanueva , 2022, pp1-12 , Conference Paper, IN_PRESS
Internationalizing Teacher Practice through the Arts: Exploring the Impact of a Drama-Infused Study Abroad Program in, editor(s)Laura Baecher , Study Abroad in Teacher Education: Transformation at the Global Scale, New York, Routledge, 2021, pp166 - 180, [Carmel O'Sullivan and Linda Krakaur], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Drama In Education is now more important than ever, 'OPEN OUT - Tectonic Shift In School Education', India, 22nd May, 2021, Joy of Drama , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Noirin Hayes, Jackie Maguire & Carmel O'Sullivan, Professional Development in Arts Education for Early Childhood Education: A Creative Exchange Model , International Journal of Early Childhood, 53, (2), 2021, p159 - 174, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Initial Teacher Education Provision in Ireland in, "Teacher Education Practicum/Internships", Iran, Farhangain Teacher Education University , 2020, pp22-45 - [Melanie Ní Dhuinn, Carmel O'Sullivan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Deirdre Rogers, Michael Flannery, Inclusive teaching and learning through visual arts integration with reuse materials, National Early Years Research, 1, (1), 2020, p81 - 88, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Catalina Villanueva and Carmel O'Sullivan, Dramatic codifications: Possibilities and roadblocks for promoting critical reflection through drama in Chile, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 2020, p1 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Carmel O'Sulivan and Elaine Clotworthy, 'Social Drama'© for Children and Young People with ASD, Waterford Education Centre, Feb 12th, 2020, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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, The Importance of Outdoor Learning in 21st Century Education, 'Learning without Walls' Annual Conference , Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, County Down, October 4th, 2019, Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association (NIFSA), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Carmel O'Sulivan, 'Social Drama'© for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Drama Rainbow Summer School, Beijing, China, August 10-17, 2019, 1 - 67pp, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Carmel O'Sullivan, Career LEAP: 'Speaking the same language', BUSINESS BRUNCH 'SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE', Introducing Business to the Career L.E.A.P. Model, IFSC, Dublin, February 15th, 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
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


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Award Date
Trinity Research and Innovation Societal Impact Award Dec 2019
Career LEAP was nominated for a Chambers Ireland CSR Award as part of A&L Goodbody's 'Step Up Community' programme Sept 2019
Nominated for a QS Reimagine Education award October 2018
An article we wrote about our 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
Shortlisted for The Registrar's Civic Engagement Award 2018 for Career LEAP in recognition of outstanding engagement with society April 2018
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
Nominated as a 'Changemaker' by Ashoka for contributing to social change across the country July 2017
Nominated and won a community service award from Dublin Bus for our work on Social Drama with people with autism 2009
I received one of only two major awards for postgraduate study granted by the Irish Arts Council in 1993. 1994
Social Drama 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 . Inclusive education . Work readiness for unemployed young adults