How long have you worked at UOW?
What’s your role at the University?
Sessional academic staff member in Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information sciences.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Working with students and support students to develop their skills that they need to go out into the world and succeed.
What’s the most challenging?
- Conducting laboratory sessions under very strict time lines in a way interesting and productive manner to the students.
- Dealing with so called hard students who have different ideas in comparisons to the majority of the class.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Recipient of OCTAL 2020.
What goals are you working towards in 2020?
- Quality output of the teaching and learning through on line teaching which enables the student to improve their learning through active participation and constructive criticism in the subject ensuring a comfortable working environment to the students.
- Motivate and support students while improving their confidence and dedication to study through online teaching. Hence, to improve the knowledge on subject matter and creating a friendly learning environment.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
My fondest memory of working at UOW is meeting students outside the scheduled classes in consultation hours. It gave me a big opportunity to more close to the students and help them even in non- subject matters. I was able to develop a good rapport with these students and hence they always trust me. For example, I have met number of students who are stressful due to personal issues other than the subject matters. Most students considered me as their mentor than their teacher which I always enjoy. There are few students though they were graduated years ago still keeping good contacts with me through emails and face book.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
My friendly approach to the students and big smiling face are the two hidden talents of dealing with students from different cultures and different backgrounds.
What’s your favorite place in the world and why?
My favorite place on this earth is University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. This is the place I have obtained my BSc Honours degree specializing in Civil Engineering. This is my favorite place due the beauty of its environment and cooling climate.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
I strongly believe that students play a vital role in my teaching life where a good teacher would never forget the students when he/she is stepping out of the class but would be close to them whenever in need. I am continuously accomplished with appreciation and recognition of my students, peers and subject coordinators.