Beginnings, endings and lifetimes

The past few weeks have reminded me of the importance of rituals to mark beginnings, endings and the lifetimes in between. At work, we have celebrated new jobs and roles, baby showers, reunions, farewells and retirements. Took 50+ contracts & 14 years, but I'm now in a continuing role at the university. Thanks to the … Continue reading Beginnings, endings and lifetimes

The edge of knowing

Several times recently I have become aware of the limits of knowledge, and what it isĀ  like to feel uncertain and unknowing. In writing group, I gave feedback on a paper about teaching grammar to young children. Unfortunately, I came of age in an era of Australian education that refused to teach grammatics. The limit … Continue reading The edge of knowing

Slow academia: a panel discussion

This week I listened to the recording of a Slow Academia panel I participated in earlier this year. It was organised by Demelza Marlin for higher degree research students and early career academics, and I was on a panel alongside Andrew Dunstall, an academic from Philosophy "who surfs casual contracts from semester to semester and … Continue reading Slow academia: a panel discussion

Values and leadership

I have been thinking a lot about values lately. It's surprisingly difficult to articulate the handful of things I consider most important and to which I want to give most of my time and energy. (Thanks to a colleague in Psychology who started me on this reflective path during a walking meeting last year). Last … Continue reading Values and leadership

Enjoying the little things

Last year, listening to the radio on the way to work, ABC Classic FM played a piece of music that was performed only once during the composer's life. It might have been Rachmaninoff's first symphony, which was difficult to write, had a disastrous first performance and triggered an episode of severe depression. Of his symphony, … Continue reading Enjoying the little things