I’m still a bit affected by jet lag, as I’m waking early (around 4-5am) and keen on getting up and doing research very early instead of waking slowly, but I’m thinking this is probably not a bad little symptom. I’m adjusting to the heat and humidity too, and I admit to enjoying the capacity to draw a deep breath into my lungs and finding the warm, wet air almost anaesthetising. Life is returning to normal too, with appointments rapidly filling my calendar and work commitments beginning to establish themselves.
It’s probably time I also announced officially that I have formally resigned from my career as a full-time academic. I will continue to be involved in teaching whenever the opportunity arises, but I have decided to focus solely on my consultancies and contract work for the next few months while I prepare for my next challenge overseas. I have thought long and hard over this decision, and feel that after twelve years as an academic (either full-time lecturer, or research staff member and part-time lecturer), it is time for me to properly extract myself from the security and predictability of an academic’s career, and to trust to my expertise and enthusiasm for my consultancy work.
I am very proud of what I have achieved as an academic, and I know my interest in the scholarship of teaching and in social software and related disciplines will be sustained over time. I would like to think I have assisted many students in their career paths and in the development of their own expertise. There is nothing more rewarding than bearing witness to the achievements of former students who go on to great successes in their professional lives. I’m proud of them all, and I’m privileged to have been part of their development. I’m also privileged to have worked in my career alongside some of the greats in Australian academia, and I hope to sustain my connection with many of these great thinkers. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Peter Spearritt for his guidance and leadership over many years. I’d also like to thank everyone at the Brisbane Graduate School of Business for providing one of the most challenging and thoroughly collegial environments in my experience. And to Duane Varan, Jeremy Williams, Greg Hearn, Jenny Hocking, John Arnold, Chris and Janet Baker, David Dunstan, Paul Davidson and of course the wonderful Trevor Barr, I owe you all so much. Thank you for inspiring and supporting me at various stages of my academic development.
And now I face an uncertain, but decidedly exciting future. I embrace it with my whole heart, and hope that my academic life – which may not be over for ever – will only ever be enhanced by the challenges ahead.