Julian Teicher, CQUniversity’s new Professor of Human Resources & Employment and Deputy Dean (Research) for the School of Business and Law, is an ambassador for Social Innovation and a fair go for employees. Recently he was published in The Conversation, providing comment on the enterprise bargaining negotiations between the Federal Government and the Victorian Country Fire Authority. Based at the Melbourne campus, Prof Teicher will look to implement his passions throughout CQUni.
What is your favourite book or film of all time?
The book that remains with me is the haunting and mystical The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
Has there been any awkward moments while you’ve been working at CQUni?
Actually, there are lots of awkward moments, particularly when someone mentions a person (who presumably is well known at CQUni) or an acronym is used. This is part and parcel of working at a new organisation. Typically, how I deal with it is to seek clarification.
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
At the moment what I really appreciate is the human scale of the place and because the locations are relatively small there are fewer barriers between disciplines.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
To the extent that I have free time, it tends to be spent on my bicycle, and I maximise that time by riding to and from work, weather permitting.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Few individuals change the world in a dramatic way, but as an academic engaged in research one can make a small contribution to social improvement. This is why I think CQUniversity’s focus on Social Innovation is important.
Describe the greatest moment of your life, so far?
Still probably the birth of my children, even though it was more than 30 years ago.
What is the luckiest/unluckiest thing that has happened to you?
I do not really believe in good or bad luck. Sometimes it seems that we have a string of good or bad luck. I think mental attitude determines how we frame events.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
What you give out you get back.