Susan Downey taught as Professor of Art History from 1965 until her retirement in 2012, during which time she also served as core faculty at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaelogy.  In addition to her scholarly research and teaching in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology, she also undertook committed service to numerous UCLA academic organizations and committees.  Her publications include Terracotta Figurines and Plaques from Dura-Europos (University of Michigan Press, 2003) in addition to numerous articles.