I retired from the University of Hong Kong some years ago. Now living in Hobart, I do some writing, getting more and more political these days, and travelling. More in ABOUT ME.
On 8 September 2017, I was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the fields of curriculum development and assessment.” That’s basically about constructive alignment and the SOLO Taxonomy. In my citation they also mention my nonacademic writing.
Latest travels: THE FJORDS OF ALASKA and “ROCK AND ROLL, BIG WHEEL!” Journeys through W Canada. Go to TRAVELOGUES to see these and many more!
Some of my recent writing:
POLITICAL: WAVES OF UNREASON is a book in progress. It tells how neoliberalism fills the corporate coffers at the expense of the rest of us, and puts the health of the planet itself at serious risk. The focus is on the seven — seven! — governments in Australia since 2000. What has gone wrong with our polity? Neoliberalism has unleashed a wave of irrationality that drives people to vote against their own interests, not only here but increasingly all over the world. Neoliberalism and its sordid rider managerialism have betrayed the mission of our universities; Universities in Society describes the phases of development of Australian universities, their present state, and their proposed future.
ACADEMIC is the story of my academic journey as an educational psychologist. CHANGING UNIVERSITES (2013) is an academic memoir covering over 50 years. BUY the book as a POD or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free PDF version. In fact, email me about ANY of these books.
WRITER describes my non-academic writing: fiction details my six novels and short stories, nonfiction is about memoirs and Tasmanian social history.TASMANIA OVER FIVE GENERATIONS: Return to Van Diemen’s Land? is a socio-political history of Tasmania (Clearance. Now only $20 to cover packing and post. Email me to buy: email@example.com
FROM ASHES TO ASHES The career of NSW secondary school teacher, Peter Morrison. Unlike most of us, Peter marched to the beat of two different drummers: one led him to follow in his schoolteacher father’s respectable footsteps, the other led him into a whole heap of trouble. Facebook page BUY
DISGUISES, published first in 2007, is now an e-book with me as author, not the non-existent Sally Leigh (I found that using a nom de plume was not a good idea). The middle section of this book, set in 60s Hong Kong, is ‘the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read’, as Liz Winfield, Hobart poet, put it.BUY as POD. Kindle version is was poorly formatted but a pdf version is FREE if you email firstname.lastname@example.org .
TIN DRAGONS is my most commercially successful novel: so successful it sold out. It is a story based on the Chinese pioneer tin miners who worked in NE Tasmania in the late 19th Century in order to earn their 100 sovereigns before returning to China. Fortunately many didn’t return to the great benefit of Australian cricket as it turned out, The mines attracted fortune hunters of all kinds: refugees from the dreadful Tai Ping Revolution, crooks, Master Mou in search of spiritual riches, and our Terry and Lizzie in search of a better life. But fear not, a reprint is hopefully on the way. Watch this space.
The 4th Edition of : TEACHING FOR QUALITY LEARNING AT UNIVERSITY (with Catherine Tang)