The good, the bad and the ugly of being “casual”


En todas partes se cuecen habas. Aquí escribí parte de mi experiencia y opinión de ser un profesor universitario en Australia.

My research journey.

I have been a “casual academic” for the last four years in Canberra. As such,  I have tutored, done research, lectured, presented in conferences,  written  and reviewed academic papers. To be a ‘casual” was not something I looked for, but more of a consequence of being a full time international PhD student in Australia.

Not long after starting my PhD, I took a casual teaching position to get to know Australian higher education better and gain teaching experience at Oz universities. At the beginning I was excited and happy to be doing that job. It allowed me to earn some  money, get to know people, improve my teaching skills and discover my potentiality as a culture mediator. To be honest, it  also allowed me to get distracted from my tedious PhD research and gain a hands on experience in the Oz higher education sector (as a Chilean, it sounded exciting few years ago).

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About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.

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