Caroline Margaret van de Pol

ALUMNI

Degree

Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing
Master of Arts – Writing and Literature

Graduation year

2004
2006
2007

Campus

Burwood
Burwood
Waurn Ponds

Current position

Lecturer, Deakin University

Overview

Interview

Tell us about your current role – what does a typical day look like for you?

I am currently working as a sessional lecturer/tutor in the school of communication and creative arts. I am teaching in Public Relations Campaigns (post grad) and Public Relations Management (under grad). A typical day involves research and preparation of unit content, updating relevant readings and references, curating contemporary case studies, preparing seminar content and planning activities and tasks for group collaboration and discussion.

What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?

I'm inspired and rewarded when students engage with the content and share their own opinions of topics discussed, introducing me to new ways of thinking and extending my own experiences. I enjoy hearing about student’s chasing their own dreams, securing internships or jobs in chosen careers knowing they had a great start through Deakin.

What were some of the memorable experiences you had at Deakin? i.e. social, academic, intellectual.

I was a mature age student when I returned to study my Masters. I was grateful for the inspiring tutors and unit chairs who introduced me to innovative approaches to creative writing as my past life had been in journalism and strategic communication. I valued the effort involved and I enjoyed a mix of off campus study and on campus units where the cohort was always diverse and offered stimulating discussion and comment on each other’s shared work and ideas.

Did you learn anything from your Deakin studies to take directly to the workforce?

The feedback and guidance of both the teaching staff and student cohort gave me the confidence to move into fiction and creative nonfiction writing. My studies also prepared me for my current career in academia and writing.

Can you give a specific example of a project or collaboration that you have been involved in with Deakin and how this has impacted your career to date? (If applicable)

Every day involves collaboration with colleagues and students that makes my work at the university more satisfying. With colleagues we discuss unit content and share ideas on approaches to delivering the material. We also learn from students about their experiences and understanding of the learning objectives and outcomes.

What are your career highlights?

I've been very fortunate to enjoy a varied career mostly around writing and reading. I started with a career in journalism and moved into editing and later worked in public affairs and corporate communication before my most recent role as an academic at a couple of universities. A highlight would be completing my PhD and now the release of my first memoir.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about Deakin that we haven’t covered?

I'm grateful to return to Deakin as a lecturer and have great admiration for the way the university supports and extends global experiences for students both locally and internationally. I like being part of the university and feel well supported and encouraged by my colleagues.