60 seconds with… Rauno Parrila


We chat with Professor Rauno Parilla from the Department of Educational Studies who was recently recognised as a field leader in Early Childhood Education by The Australian’s Research Magazine.

Work stuff
I’ve been at Macquarie for…
Just over one year.

In a nutshell, my job is to…
Be curious.

The question I hear most often in my work is…
“Can you explain what this means?”

The top three things on my to-do list today are…
1) Read a manuscript.
2) Edit the manuscript.
3) Work on a grant application.

If I could do any other job at Macquarie (with instant qualifications/knowledge) it would be…
The one I have!

A Macquarie staff member who impressed me last week…
I went to listen to Professor Pretorius’ ‘Weather Report’ and it was full of impressive people.

I get my campus coffee fix from…
I like drip coffee and make it myself.

If you were given $50 million to create or build something at Macquarie, what would you do with it?
Better interactive learning spaces – it is time to retire the big lecture halls.

Personal life
My ethnic heritage is…
Finnish. I came to Australia last year after 25 years in Canada.

My favourite subject at school was…

Outside work, you’ll often find me…
Cleaning the pool or walking the dog.

I’m really looking forward to…
Some downtime with family over Christmas.

The most amazing place I’ve ever visited is…
If I have to pick one, it is Santorini.

If I could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) it would be…
With my old friends back in Finland

The last great book I read was…
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. David Christian’s Origin Story is reserved for next holiday.

The last great movie I saw was…
Sweet Country by Warwick Thornton.

In 10 years from now, I hope to be…
Hmm, that is getting close to retirement age.





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