Husband, father of three young girls and CQUni Paramedic Lecturer Ian De Jonge worked for the Queensland Ambulance Service for 10 years before taking on his current role at CQUniversity. Based at the Townsville Campus, Ian has been working with the University for six months and says he loves nothing more than teaching!
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The flexible work hours are amazing and make a huge difference to my family. The opportunity to move into a new area and learn new things has been really rewarding.
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
Working in an open-plan office has its challenges, but has had the amazing advantage of forcing contact between academics from different disciplines. I have friends now in IT, Creative Arts, Education, Nursing and Psychology!
What’s the biggest way a student has inspired you?
I’m always inspired by the mature-age students who are juggling work and family commitments with a full-time course load. I think the commitment they show is amazing.
What do you love most about your role?
I love the teaching. My favourite days are when I have students in for practical sessions. The best thing for me is when a student challenges me on a topic and we can have a robust discussion.
Jamie Oliver is coming to dinner – What do you make him?
I don’t think it matters with Jamie, as long as it’s drowned in olive oil.
What’s the film you’ll never get sick of watching, and why?
Starship Troopers – I love the universe it’s set in with the crazy government and propaganda that everyone seems fine with.
If you had no responsibilities, where would you be right now?
Hiking the US and Canadian west coast.
What would be your last meal?
Indomie brand Mi Goreng instant noodles.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I like playing with my kids. It turns out I’m a pretty competitive colourer.