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Like so many of our graduates who can't seem to get enough of Deakin, Dr Damian Blake has studied and later returned to work at the University.
After graduating from Deakin with a Doctor of Philosophy in 2005 and a Master of Education in 1996, Damian was recently coaxed back to work as a lecturer in the School of Social and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Education at the Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds after nearly 20 years spent teaching maths and science in secondary schools.
With Damian's previous experience as a secondary school teacher-which includes stints at the prestigious Salesian College as deputy principal from 1997 to 2004 and curriculum coordinator from 1991 to 1997-it is little wonder the Faculty of Education has employed him to help guide the education of the next generation of teachers.
Damian believes his two degrees from Deakin have helped him greatly in his employment as a lecturer and member of the Faculty of Education Research Committee.
"I am really enjoying my current job. My work at Deakin is new and innovative and has allowed me to use the research skills I developed whilst studying my PhD here. My PhD has provided me with the research training required to continue my career as an education researcher and teacher educator," he said.
"I intend to continue to develop my skills as a researcher and teacher educator, allowing me to combine my practical knowledge and skills I acquired in the teaching profession with my recently honed skills as a researcher.".
Having thoroughly enjoyed life as a student and academic at the University, Damian cannot recommend Deakin courses and research initiatives highly enough.
"I really enjoyed working closely with my supervisor and the research participants to develop the ideas and understandings that emerged through my studies. I particularly enjoyed sharing the 'ah-ha' moments that come after reading the research literature and then discussing and reflecting upon the data generated during the research."
"Deakin supports and encourages highly relevant research that challenges contemporary thinking and translates into new courses. It does this with the assistance of friendly academic and support staff who provide a scaffold for the development of new knowledge and skills. It also provides easy access to the most relevant resources and technology required for learning in the 21st century," he said.
A passionate Alumni member and Deakin advocate, Damian encourages all graduates to become members of the Deakin Alumni Community.