How long have you worked at UOW?
About 10 years altogether.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am the Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. My role is to lead the faculty in teaching, learning and curriculum. This includes undertaking course reviews, overseeing academic quality and standards, and championing initiatives that enhance teaching and learning (T&L) and the overall student experience.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Definitely the people – as ADE I work with a truly fantastic faculty education team and many committed academics and professional services staff working to provide high quality T&L experiences for their students. Beyond the faculty, I also work with so many wonderful people from right across the university, which I find incredibly rewarding.
What’s the most challenging?
The high volume work environment of the education portfolio comes to mind. There are many moving parts and balancing all of the things that have to be done with those things you’d like to do and achieve can be a real challenge. So, it’s all about keeping focused on those top priorities goals and working as a strong team.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
I’m proud of many things but I think the opportunities I’ve had to support equity and diversity at UOW through my work with the Ally Network stands out as does receiving a National Teaching Award as part of the first year law team.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
Top priorities in 2019 include LHA’s ambitious goal of rolling out blended learning across a number of courses in the faculty; projects that support student retention and success and increasing opportunities for our students in work integrated learning.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Not necessarily any one thing but I always smile most when I think of the many great people I get to work with at UOW and the fun we share as we do what we do.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I am a qualified Hawaiian Lomi Lomi masseuse. I also sing and play the guitar.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
That’s a hard one but I’ve recently revisited Lord Howe Island which I love because not only is it an absolutely stunning, world heritage Island, only a limited number of people are allowed at any one time and there’s no mobile phone reception, so you know you’re going to have a really relaxing time.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Buying a small campervan and travelling around Australia.