University of Graz Campus

New job, new beginnings

As some of you might already know, next month (October 2015) I am moving to a new academic home at the University of Graz, where I will join the Department of English Studies (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 introductory applied linguistics course (Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers). 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!


  1. 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

  2. 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!

  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,

  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.

    • 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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