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Kim Southey

Kim SoutheyI am a Lecturer in management and leadership in the School of Management and Marketing. I teach courses in the human resource management and leadership degrees offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. I have been at the University for 10 years.

My career at USQ started with some casual tutoring contracts during a career break. At the time I was working in Human Resources in local government, but I never went back and remained with USQ when I was offered a lecturing opportunity. Since starting with USQ I have completed a Masters of Business Research and now the PhD is well under way.

On reflection, I was a bit of a handful for my very first boss, working as a casual in the retail industry in the early eighties. But I figure I was engaging in resistance against what I believed were somewhat odd management practices. I thought much better organisational commitment and positive outcomes would be forthcoming if management approached staffing matters differently. Thus, my interest in human resource management was born!

I have received an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for my work in teaching first year students. This is a peer assessed, national award recognising teaching excellence. Also managing to publish my research in quality journals is a career highlight each time I get notified by the editor that my work has been accepted.

As far as my teaching is concerned, I enjoy meeting the students and being inspired by their perspectives and energy – and simply marvelling at how clever and forthright many of them are in their thinking. As for my research, the ability to direct my efforts towards ventures that contribute to my profession and subsequently have a personal interest to me, offers an intrinsic reward that is hard to beat.

I was proud to be an employee of USQ when I saw its response to the 2011 floods. Among many of its efforts and concessions, USQ provided assistance and support to the community by taking USQ employee volunteers to help with the clean up, bus after bus, day after day. I think USQ, as a major employer in our region, was an example of a remarkable corporate shepherd for the community in a time of need.

Working at USQ means that I can hold a professional position without the chaos of big city living. Toowoomba offers a family oriented lifestyle yet is so close to Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. I live on the other side of Toowoomba yet it is only 30 minutes travel to campus.

The best careers advice that I have ever received is that your job should feel like your home away from home!