Farewell to Alan Campbell
After an interesting career as a teacher, psychologist, Chief Executive Officer, academic teacher and researcher, Dr Alan Campbell, decided to ‘move away from ongoing employment’ at the end of June 2016. I am avoiding the word retire, as Alan is still about the school working with us in various capacities including teaching of the Bachelor of Social Work, Honours and some research.
Alan started work at Curtin in January 2014 after being a senior consultant for Anglicare WA, and Senior Lecturer at UniSA before that. Whilst at Curtin for a relatively short time, he became well entrenched within the school working with a number of staff and always willing to help out and help problem solve.
Alan’s sense of humour within the social work team was notable alongside his description as a psychologist, ‘who saw the light of social work and was drawn to it’. Alan is passionate about social justice and about his teaching. He always receives positive personal feedback from students and is approachable, which can create a rod for his own back in students wanting a lot of his time.
Alan’s research and practice interest is mostly about children’s rights and children’s voices being heard. Alan was an advocate for increasing the child-centred focus of the work that is done in practice, and has had relatively infamous clashes at Family Court consultations in Canberra where politicians had been told in no uncertain terms of their lack of insight or understanding.
Even though Alan is coming into the school for some work, we do miss having him with us for his wise counsel, sense of humour and, last but not least, commitment to student learning using innovative and creative methods, which enabled him to work with like-minded colleagues.