Susan Ciriclio received an Associate degree from Phoenix College in 1969, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1972, and a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in 1974.
Susan Ciriclio taught photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (since 1979), California College of Arts and Crafts (since 1976) and Chabot College in Flayward, California (since 1972). She has also been a guest lecturer, visiting artist and freelance photo consultant since 1972.
Susan Ciriclio was chair of CCA's photography program from 1988-1992, and 1999-2008. In addition to her work as a professor of photography at California College of the Arts, she also served as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1986-1987 and as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1989-1992. During her time in the position, she made great progress in budget planning and faculty governance.
Aside from her work as a photography educator and academic administrator, Susan also served on the board of directors at San Francisco Camerawork Gallery from 1983-1986.