Dr John Haw, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Business and Tourism
What is your job at Southern Cross University?
One day I was walking through the car park at the Lismore campus when a nice car pulled up alongside me.
The fellow inside leaned out the window and said “Excuse me, do you work here”? I replied “Work here! I pretty-much run the place single-handedly”. He smiled and said “Oh good, you’ll know where the Vice Chancellor’s office is then”.
Since then, I tone down my response to this question and just tell people I am a senior lecturer in the School of Business and Tourism. My major area of teaching is gaming management within the hospitality major. Most of my students are studying online as they are managers in registered clubs or casinos.
I research in the gambling field and undertake some research on my teaching as part of my scholarship of teaching. I am also Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning and Deputy Chair of School Board.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
I’d say coming up with a new MyHR system password every three months. But I understand we need to keep security high in case someone hacks in and books me a holiday. Seriously though, I find working at Southern Cross University very rewarding and enjoy my work and the people I work with.
Where were you before you started working at SCU?
I was at the University of Western Sydney. I was a lecturer in the School of Psychology and taught in some of the content areas as well as in research design and analysis.
What do you do to relax?
I like gambling, mostly horses, sometimes pokies and if I’m at a casino, blackjack, roulette or craps. I also help out as a strapper for my uncle who trains race horses in Casino – the town, not the gaming venue. I part own a horse and have had a lot of fun racing the horse everywhere from Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast. When not at the track, I’m usually at the pool. I do a lot of swimming, I train in squads and compete in ocean and pool events. I run and I do the odd run-swim event also. I’m just an age-grouper and, like my horse, I only win at some of the country races, perform okay at the provincials, but am a long way off city class.
What were you good at in school?
I went to school at Casino High in the Northern Rivers and enjoyed maths and history.
What is your favourite book or music album?
My favourite band is The Kinks and I just finished reading a 750-page biography of front man Ray Davies. He doesn’t come across well in the book. As a fan I found it a tough, long read.