CQUni School of Education and the Arts Research Fellow Dr Linda Pfeiffer has a boundless energy for teaching. With more than a decade’s experience as a secondary school teacher, and more than three year’s experience in teaching research, Linda has the drive to improve the quality of education – so much so that she was awarded the 2016 Women in STEM Research Prize by the Queensland Government earlier this year.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Being presented as the winner of the 2016 Women in STEM Research Prize by the Queensland Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch.
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
Without a doubt, the best thing about Gladstone Marina campus is the location (the great people is an added bonus!).
Who has made an impact on your life and why?
My dad. He has been a great role model, mentor and a solid support. He was the first in our family to go to university.
Describe the greatest moment of your life so far?
I feel that I should say my wedding or my children being born, but I will say graduating with my Doctor of Science Education and walking across the stage in Perth after almost nine years was pretty amazing – fireworks and all!
What’s the biggest way a student has surprised you?
Last term a student in Mackay sent me two beautiful hand-made cards in the mail – it was a lovely surprise.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Everyone needs to view the world through the eyes of a child; be creative, curious and absolutely amazing. I like to view the world from a scientific perspective because science is central to everything there is!
If you were down to your last $10, what would you buy?
Milk, bread and a beer.