New job, new beginnings

As some of you might already know, next month I am moving to a new academic home at the University of Graz, where I will join the ELT Research and Methodology (Fachdidaktik) centre of the Institut für Anglistik.

Among other things, I’ll be responsible for teaching two undergraduate courses to future language teachers: an Introduction to Foreign Language Didactics, and an Introduction to Applied Linguistics. I also expect that I will be able to carry on with my writing on the ways in which Complex Systems Theory can usefully inform ELT.

As with every transition, there are inevitably mixed feelings to manage. There is the question of achieving closure about what is left behind; and there are feelings of anger and frustration about the state of the academe in Greece; but most of all, there are feelings of anticipation and excitement about working with the brilliant team of educators and researchers at Graz. These are exciting times ahead!

19 thoughts on “New job, new beginnings”

  1. Though having never commented, I must say I am proud and happy for you! Wishing you best of luck and waiting for the next post!

  2. Sounds exciting but I totally understand there are mixed feelings. That’s exactly how I feel each and every time I start a new job abroad. Have never looked back though! Here’s to new beginnings xx

  3. Bravo Achillea!

    This is the best news ever. A colleague like you and with such credentials is a huge asset to the University of Graz (and any university, that is). I wish you the best and I am so happy for you! See you soon I hope, neighbour : )

    Best wishes,
    Vicky

  4. Congratulations Achilleas! I am sure you will continue to make a difference wherever you go. I understand your mixed feelings. Sometimes sad situations lead us to discover new things about ourselves.. and grow. All the very best and I look forward to hearing more about your new role.

    1. Thank you Mariam! I’m not sad as such – if anything I am excited about my new role. Maybe just in a contemplative mood about transitioning, growing up, moving on and all that :)

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