School of Management Media Spotlight #1 2019

Business Information Systems Discipline

  • Radio interview discussing government surveillance in Australia: Dr Nik Thompson (with Dr Anna Bunn, Curtin Law School) – ABC Radio Brisbane

Future of Work Institute

Human Resources Discipline

  • Radio interview discussing the proposed break times or McDonald’s workers: Professor Julia Richardson – ABC Radio, Perth

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

National Centre or Student Equity in Higher Education

  • NCSEHE will support Sally Kift in 2019 as visiting professorial fellow – Campus Morning Mail

School of Management Media Spotlight – November 2018

Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

  • Report: People seeking asylum in Australia: Access and support in Higher Education
  • University a pathway to meaningful lives for people seeking asylum – 2SM Radio, Max FM, Mirage News
  • A/Prof Sarah O’Shea awarded the 2019 Research Fellowship by the NCSEHE – Campus Morning Mail

Future of Work Institute

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP)

  • Adjunct Professor Dr John Edwards has won the Australian history category at the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for his book about former Prime Minister John Curtin – Campus Morning Mail (John Edwards)
  • Interview with Dr John Edwards on his new book about former Prime Minister John Curtin – ABC Radio National, Canberra (John Edwards)
  • A reason to think twice about your child’s ADHD diagnosis – The Australian, Wall Street Journal USA (Martin Whiteley)

Human Resources discipline

  • Researchers find sessional work can be a ‘double-edged sword’ – The Australian; The Australian Online (Julia Richardson)
  • Party rules: commentary on the dos and don’ts for work Christmas parties – The West Australian (Julia Richardson)
  • Engineering in the gig economy: What are the pros and cons? – Creative Digital (Julia Richardson)

General

  • Appointments, achievements: A/Prof Julia Richardson appointed Head of the School of Management – Campus Morning Mail

School of Management Media Spotlight – October 2018

Future of Work Institute

  • Curtin Business School: Transforming careers from traditional to technological – Study International

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • Now for the hard part in uni access – Campus Morning Mail

General 

  • Radio Interview on proposed new laws about disclosing encrypted information on phones, computers and social media – 6PR Radio, Drive (Richard Adams)

Staff Profile: Cathie Bowen

How long have you worked at Curtin?
10 years – first at Muresk and more recently 5 years on Bentley Campus.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Secondary education and TAFE systems.

What do you like best about your role?
I like the ongoing mental stimulation; the challenge and reward of constant learning; I like the students, their courteousness and genuine desire to learn, and willingness to respond to guidance and advice.

Why did you choose your current career path?
I’m over-qualified for regional WA – where I live…. I can’t get a satisfying, challenging, rewarding  job that uses my skills, experience and knowledge.

First job?
Kimberley Cattle Station as a Governess and mustering cattle.

Worst job?
Data collecting for Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).  They had the worst possible data collection  programme – nearly did my head in and even though we were collecting data from my own region in the wheatbelt, I had to stay in motels – wasn’t allowed to go home to the farm each night  (technically)!

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Developing / marketing / chasing funds for  an Innovative agricultural project that value-adds to an existing  farm product.  I want it to become an export product – then I can employ myself on the farm!

Your favourite place in the world and why?
Peaceful Bay – on southern coast.  Why – I think I must have lived In the ocean in a previous life, I love the underwater world as much as the above water world.  Salt, sea, sad and surf …provides a solution to many ailments:  “soak in salt water – add a good book and dry in sun”!  Plus its not too far from good winerys.

Your favourite cuisine and why?
I love all foods from every part of the world, but it’s always hard to beat a perfect Lamb Roast …with crispy roast veg and a good shiraz…. and cooked by someone else!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
…to understand ‘time’.  It came from my undergraduate studies of classical literature – especially poetry.  I think I can safely claim that I haven’t wasted a minute since  ……  one crowded hour …and all that!!

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…
My favourite pearl earrings were bought from prize money won from riding a wild steer in a Kimberley rodeo years ago when I was younger, fitter and determined that I wouldn’t get thrown!

Staff Profile: Rick Ladyshewsky

How long have you worked at Curtin?
24 years (started in School of Physical Therapy (1994 – 1999), then Curtin Graduate School of Business (1999 – 2017) and now School of Management (2018 — )

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Prior to Curtin University I was the Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education and Senior Tutor at the University of Toronto, School of Physical Therapy.

What do you like best about your role?
I love teaching online and working with the technology. I enjoy blending technology with pedagogy and seeing the outcomes on student learning. I particularly like seeing students engaged in a virtual space and feeling connected to the class. When they tell me they got so much out of the unit that they can use as managers it is very rewarding, particularly since you only interact with them online.

The research I am engaged with in support of my 6 PhD students is also very engaging – emotional intelligence development in therapy students, empathy versus psychopathy in psychology and business students, tacit knowledge exchange in work integrated learning environments, organizational change and staff capabilities, cross cultural management and leadership wisdom.

Why did you choose your current career path?
I think my job chose me! After finishing my Master Degree in Health Science (Health Administration) I had an existential crisis about what I should do after being a clinician. I quit a job coordinating a computer health record installation then had a bad bicycle accident and broke my arm severely. While sitting at home in a cast I heard about a position that came up at the University of Toronto to manage the physical therapy fieldwork program which I heard about from a fellow student. I got the job. It was a great blend of my health care background and my health management degree. I had the most amazing boss ever and with her motivation I realised I loved being in the academic environment, teaching, organising and running things. The work led me down the path of teaching and learning and in particular peer coaching within the work integrated learning environment. There was no stopping me and I have spent most of my career in that field.

When I joined the business school I was asked to project lead movement towards a flexible learning strategy and more online education. Again I had a great supportive boss, a super team, and loved the work with technology. I found myself very engaged with this revolution in learning and now find myself working virtually because of this technology.

First job?
My first job was a health care assistant in a nursing home. I took care of elderly clients with severe Alzheimers and Dementia clients and was responsible for their complete daily care (bathing, feeding, toileting, ambulation and sadly sometimes having to take them to the morgue). I did it for six years while I put myself through University and loved every minute of it. Working with the aged is wonderful.

Worst job?
I worked as a short order cook in a fast food restaurant making roast beef sandwiches and hamburgers. I lasted 3 weeks and was let go after I put my hand through the meat slicer.

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
My current project is to take much of my knowledge on peer coaching and work integrated learning and put it into a guide for supervisors in the work context before I retire at the end of 2020. There is a big demand for this type of resource as the workshops I run for preceptors at Curtin via WEBEX are always oversubscribed with waiting lists. To gain more information I am working with Brooke Sanderson to tap in to the tacit knowledge of experienced supervisors who work with multiple learners in work integrated learning contexts. We want to capture their strategies for managing these types of work place learning placements. We will be interviewing these supervisors in Canada and Australia and hope to integrate these findings in to some publications, conference presentations and supervisor resources.

Your favourite place in the world and why?
I have been to 72 countries so this is a tough question! I would probably have to say the Southern Coast of Turkey. Fantastic beaches, ancient ruins under clear water you can snorkel through with fantastic Turkish food as your treat after a day of swimming. However, I also like disappearing into the dense forests and mountains of British Columbia – away from email and cell phone coverage. This quiet isolation is very liberating!!!

Your favourite cuisine and why?
It’s a tie between Indian and Thai food. I love how the flavours of sweet, spice and sour all interact together on your palate!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best career advice I got was when I was just starting at Curtin I went to an early academic career seminar. The best advice I got from a senior academic was, “Do what you need to do in order to stay out of trouble and then just focus on your own work”. It helped me to prioritise what I needed to do to be an excellent teacher and researcher. There are so many distractions at the University given its size and scope. You have to learn to focus and how to say “that is very interesting but I am fully committed so I can’t get involved”.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…
I grew up with deaf parents and was raised speaking sign language in the home. That’s why I talk so much cause no one ever listened to me at home! I also ran a marathon once just under 3 hours.

School of Management Media Spotlight – September 2018

The Future of Work Institute

  • New Curtin research hub to shape Australia’s jobs of the future, Curtin Media Release
  • Appointments and achievements of the week, Campus Morning Mail
  • Onion peelers and the future of work – Psychology Today (Marylène Gagné)
  • News in Brief: New Future of Work Institute – HR Daily
  • Radio interview discussing The Future of Work Institute being established Curtin University, which will investigate what the jobs of the future look like – HR Daily (Mark Griffin)
  • Jobs transition – The West Australian (Mark Griffin)

National Centre for Student for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • Some of the most important things are invisible – The Australian (Matt Brett)
  • Planning for a fair-go in 2030 uni access – Campus Morning Mail (Nadine Zacharias)

Business Information Systems discipline

  • Interview discussing cryptocurrency – Sky News Business (Vidy Potdar)
  • Interview discussing the use of second-hand shipping containers as homes – ABC Radio,  Sunshine Coast, ABC News Online (Vidy Potdar)
  • Cryptocurrency exchanges lack basic password security, study shows – Wealth 365, ITP Net (Vidy Potdar)

\\Human Resources discipline

  • Gold Coast development: Industrial relations experts react to Jewel job losses – Herald Sun, Townsville Bulletin, Northern Territory News, Cairns Post, The Mercury, Geelong Advertiser, Gold Coast Bulletin (Jane Coffey)
  • Radio interview discussing the disclosure of employee wages – ABC Radio Perth (Julia Richardson)
  • Career choices – Education Review, National (Julia Richardson)
  • Interview discusses automation affecting future careers – ABC Radio, South West (Julia Richardson)

 

Staff Profile: Theodora Issa

Name: Dr Theodora Issa

How long have you worked at Curtin?
Actually, I started as a sessional at the School of Information Systems in March 2003, then commenced my PhD with the School of Management, thus, moved to the School of Management as a sessional, then on part time contract, then on full time status but with the Faculty Office, then with the School of Management. And guess what, now the two schools are one! Here, I need to thank those who supported me throughout.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
I came to academia from the Financial Sector. I worked, overseas, in an International Bank (A British Bank that is now A Global Bank). There, I reached the rank of top executive, being the first female to be promoted to the rank of Resident Officer (the highest rank at the time). I did some voluntary work with charitable organisations in Australia and Overseas. Then, worked in insurance, a charitable organisation and an export company prior to making the move to the University.

What do you like best about your role?
Being allowed to learn from my students, and being privileged to share my experience with my students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. I hope that what I teach and share with them will have an impact on their character, thus their attitude towards their future work and their life in general. The aim here is for them to become great citizens not only to their own countries but globally. Further, as a researcher I am very much interested in the new findings and the knowledge that is generated on a daily basis as I continue my main line of research in ‘ethical mindsets’. This really excites me and keeps me going.

Why did you choose your current career path?
I started my working life as a teacher at an elementary school at the Church compound where I used to live, prior to going for my career in finance, where, and in addition to being a Credit Resident Officer, I was given the special task of Training Officer (trained and prepared the bank’s employees of all ranks to move to a higher information system). Therefore, training and teaching are part of my experience. In addition, as I hold three Masters degrees and was heading to my PhD, it seemed more appropriate to be at the giving side, thus give others from what I was fortunate to gain through my ongoing learning and working in different parts of the world.

First job?
Elementary school teacher, at our Church’s school.

Worst job?
I have been taught by my family to be thankful for everything no matter what, thus, with this mentality, I believe that all my jobs had taught me something new.

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Several projects, including sustainability, Green IT, Social Networking, Learning and Teaching, Ethics, Spirituality and Ethical Mindsets

Your favourite place in the world and why?
Home, where family is, and where memories are created and treasured.

Your favourite cuisine and why?
The Mesopotamian cuisine.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Listen as twice as you speak. Well, I lecture, thus, I talk – so, I am not sure if I listened carefully to this piece of advice. But, the one that I always keep in the back of my mind is ‘do unto others as you wish to be done unto you’. The Golden Rule that was taught to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and was the base that my parents raised me on.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…

  1. Since 2013, I was elected by the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly to represent my Church as a member of the Central Committee… I now continue to hold this position with additional two positions in the Education and Ecumenical Formation Commission and the Permanent Committee for Consensus and Collaboration. I am the first female to occupy such positions on behalf of my Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.
  2. As five siblings, we are currently finalising a book that talks about our Mum, and contains Mesopotamian recipes which we as siblings are doing in honour of our Mum (2016+). Hopefully, this will be ready prior to the third anniversary of her passing. May God the Almighty repose her soul.

Staff Profile: Subra Ananthram

Name: Subra Ananthram
My family members call me Ajay, my school friends (in Mumbai, India) call me Subbu and my uni friends (in Mumbai, India) call me Ramu. My wife gets confused sometimes 🙂

How long have you worked at Curtin? 17 years and counting – only another 30 to go!

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Various accounting, taxation and audit (b-o-r-i-n-g) firms in Mumbai, India.

What do you like best about your role?
The opportunity to inspire and influence generations of diverse students and to learn from them. It’s the one thing from my current role I would want to continue even if I am the sole winner of the $20M jackpot this Saturday.

Why did you choose your current career path?
The intrinsic satisfaction as an academic far far far outweighs the $1M salary I would currently be earning as a senior executive @ HSBC 🙂

First job?
Apprentice at an accounting/auditing firm in Mumbai, India when I was 18. Was tasked with statutory audit responsibilities at the Forex department at Citibank in Mumbai.

Worst job?
My second job at a tax audit firm in Mumbai, India when I was 19. Who in their right mind thinks tax audit is fun?

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Most interesting project – investigating how firms challenged with ordinary resources do extraordinary things.
Most important project – being an engaged dad to my six year old girl Maya and two year old boy Anay. Guess which one is more challenging?

Your favourite place in the world and why?
Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe in Japan in spring during the cherry blossom (sakura) season. The scenery is breathtaking, the food and sake is to die for and the general vibe during the sakura season is one of peace and harmony. I have a few sakura trees at home and they are just starting to bloom indicating that spring is round the corner in Perth. It is magical 🙂

Your favourite cuisine and why?
Indo-Chinese fusion food which is hot and spicy. I am an adventurous foodie and will try anything! Well almost – I refused snake wine in Vietnam – the snake was still in the bottle!.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Beat cold with cold. Icecream > Panadol.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…
My right foot is two shoe sizes larger than my left foot but I would look silly in a size 10 on my right and a size 8 on my left. So I go with a size 10 on both which means I have to wear multiple pairs of socks on my left foot while playing sport to keep it snug. Imagine passing my left shoe instead of the ball @ soccer or serving the left shoe instead of the ball @ tennis? Unless you had a shoe fetish of course, but lets not go there…

School of Management Media Spotlight – August 2018

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

  • Fact check: Have wages grown in five years under the Coalition only as much as they did in one year under Labour? ABC Online (John Edwards)

National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

Human Resources discipline

  • Is your brain ready to retire? Geraldton Guardian (Julia Richardson)
  • How to take control and future-proof your career, Particle (Julia Richardson)
  • Interview discussing managing your online presence, ABC Radio Perth (Julia Richardson)

Supply Chain Management discipline

  • Consist lamb supply chain high on agenda, Countryman Perth (Elizabeth Jackson)

Staff Profile: Jess Gibbs

Name: Jess Gibbs

How long have you worked at Curtin? 10.5 years

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Wintec (Another Higher Ed Institute in Nu Zeelund)

What do you like best about your role?
I like being able to help make people’s working lives a little easier/better 🙂

Why did you choose your current career path?
I didn’t, it chose me!

First job?
Customer Service @ Pizza Hut

Worst job?
Customer Service @ Pizza Hut (it is very hard to get the smell of rising dough out of your hair!!)

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Planning for 2019 – workloads, offerings, recruitment etc.

Your favourite place in the world and why?
Kawhia, NZ, at Christmas time! This is were I grew up. Only 250 people live there and it’s is about as slow paced as you can get. Snails move faster than the locals 🙂

Your favourite cuisine and why?
Thai! Love the flavours and aromas.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
There is a solution to every problem!

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know…
I had a labret (chin piercing) as a teenager and still have the hole in my chin today (OMG)