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Leigh Davison’s Story

Leigh Davison’s Story

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

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Working at SCU

And you were at Southern Cross, were you full time?

Oh look there’s a long history, for many years I was casual, come and go if there’s work. ‘Sorry we don’t need you’. Actually they wouldn’t even say sorry. ‘What are you doing here?’ It really tests your sense of self-esteem, I really knew what it was like to be wandering around looking for work. Yeah and then in 1993 I got a little bit of work while someone was away teaching a course and a few other things happened and I ended up teaching a unit called ‘water resource management and trchnology’ as it was called in those days. I just kind of hung in there and ended up getting, in 1999, I got 50% continuing contract. Of course the union had said ‘you can’t keep people on as casuals for ever,’ it was either get rid of me or hire me and I was doing a good job so then they even asked me to create another unit on all this eco-technology stuff that I was doing. And so I ended up at 75% yeah. And so I enjoyed that, for about five or six years there I was right into research, getting lots of grants and building up a publication list. So at that time research and teaching was totally what I was doing really. So things here got, in terms of my involvement, it was just keeping things going.

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