Meet Andrew McClelland - CQUni’s newest Head of Course and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Originally from Victoria, Andrew spent 20-months travelling overseas until he decided he missed working with students and applied for his new role. After a short stint at CQUni Bundaberg, he is now based at the Townsville campus and loving it. Andrew was appointed to get the new Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology up and running and to develop a Graduate Diploma for 2018, then a Master of Applied Positive Psychology, which he’s hoping will be up-and-running in 2019.
What do you love most about your role?
I get to write courses and teach in the areas that I’m passionate about – individual and collective wellbeing, and ways we can be a positive influence for change on the planet.
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
The super-friendly staff and being around colleagues from a variety of disciplines. And that it’s also very close to a good Mexican café, and a great coffee shop!
Who was the last person that made a difference in your life, and how?
Cormac Russel via his TEDx talk on asset-based community development (ABCD) – focussing on what’s strong, rather than what’s wrong in a community, as a starter for grass-roots positive change. A very inspiring talk that helped me explore community development from a very different perspective.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
If it was a magic wand-type change, I’d up the dosage of compassion/good intentions that each person feels for others, themselves, and for the planet. I’d then give myself a bit more hair again. I would have earned it!
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Definitely rapid interstellar travel, dressed only in a t-shirt and jeans. I’d like to see if cappuccinos are better in other parts of the galaxy.
If your office was burning down, what would be the one thing you grabbed on your way out the door?
My local café loyalty card. I’m just about due for a free cappuccino. What can I say – I’m a coffee lover! I would probably also see if anyone else needed grabbing to get them to safety.