How long have you worked at UOW?
My first job at UOW was back in 1998 while I was still an undergraduate student. Since then I have worked off and on for over 20 years in various fixed term and sessional positions.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am currently employed in two different part-time roles, as an associate lecturer teaching in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience and as an associate research fellow working in the field of toxicology research.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Sharing my love of science with broader community and with the students I teach. Science communication is vitally important, particularly at the moment, and having the opportunity to initiate important conversations is something I really value.
What’s the most challenging?
The fact that the majority of my work is in the form of short-term contracts and casual sessional work means that I never know what I am going to be doing next year or even next month but I am lucky that I love what I do so it makes the uncertainty more worthwhile.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Receiving my OCTAL nomination. I was nominated by three students who I had taught in third year pharmacology. These students went out of their way to acknowledge my effort and wrote such beautiful words about the effect I’d had on their learning which was very special.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?
2020 has been such an immensely complex year. In my teaching role I have been working towards providing a positive online learning environment for my chemistry students and developing methods and content which can be carried forward into future years.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I’ve worked here too long and there are too many to mention but they are all to do with the people – we have amazing people here at UOW and the friendships I have made over the years are definitely a high point.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
Not sure I have any hidden talents but I do love computer games and Broadway musicals, current obsession is Hamilton.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Home with my family. We have spent the past few years designing and building our dream home and it has been wonderful getting to enjoy it every day whilst working from home.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Travel – lots of travel once, this pandemic is done.