How long have you worked at UOW?
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I’m a member of the philosophy discipline group. I teach and do research in philosophy, particularly moral philosophy. I also co-organise Global Climate Change Week, an initiative designed to encourage academic communities to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Teaching. My job is basically to help students think in a more informed and careful way about some of the most important issues we face today, such as climate change, the moral status of non-human animals, and global poverty. It’s a dream job.
What’s the most challenging?
Again, teaching. Tutorial sizes are very large now, for one thing, and it’s not always easy to cater for lots of students with quite varied levels of commitment and ability.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Co-writing an Open Letter from academics around the world calling for world leaders meeting in Paris in 2015 to do what is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. 2498 academics from 75 countries signed, including luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, Naomi Oreskes, Michael E. Mann, and David Suzuki.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
The philosophy team is in a continual process of striving to make philosophy more accessible and engaging to students. The GCCW@UOW team is gearing up for another week of great climate change activities at UOW (see UOW Global Climate Change Week).
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Discovering the tiny Eastern dwarf tree frogs that hang out near the Duckpond in wet weather.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I play the mandolin.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Definitely the Illawarra. Nowhere else I know comes close to it for the sheer number and variety of beautiful habitats.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
I hadn’t really considered it but I guess you’re right I am getting to that age! I lived in Italy for a few years a long time ago and I’d like to live there again, albeit for a shorter time.