Getting to know … Andrew Johnson

Dr Andrew Johnson
Dr Andrew Johnson

Monash University’s Academic and Professional writing lecturer Dr Andrew Johnson enjoys exploring new ideas and working with creative and considerate people who share the love of knowledge and learning. Name:  Andrew Johnson Title: Dr Faculty/Division: Arts / MFJ Dept: Academic and Professional Writing Campus: Caulfield How long have you worked at Monash? 13 years Where did you work prior to starting at the University?  I had lots of different jobs – skateboard shop assistant, furniture assembler, truck driver and removalist, kitchen hand, dish washer, and art gallery attendant, but my favourite was ‘cordial boy’, delivering cold drinks to factory workers on an assembly line through summer. What do you like best about your role?  When you see students just get it and make some breakthrough in the way they think, or understand something, even the littlest thing, plus the flexibility to explore new ideas and work with creative and considerate people who share the love of knowledge and learning. Why did you choose your current career path?   I discovered a love for analysing poetry in high school literature classes, and the fascination with language developed through research and writing in that field at University. It was partly the intense focus that postgraduate study allows, but also the independence and working with similar minded people.  I also really enjoyed trying to help other students learn to write and research, so I jumped into teaching when the opportunities came up. First job? Newspaper delivery. Worst job? BBQ chicken chopper and chip fryer at a fast food franchise! What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve? I’m developing an online course to help second language English students to improve their academic English, and this involves research into online teaching, games and app technology, as well as best methods in teaching grammar and writing. What is your favourite place in the world and why? I grew up near the Rocky Mountains in Canada, so anywhere with mountains and snow is fantastic as far as I’m concerned. What is your favourite place to eat and why? Sydney Road, Brunswick,  there’s great variety and new places popping up all the time. What is the best piece of advice you have received? Say yes. Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know? I might sound like I’m Australian, but I’m secretly Canadian. Sorry!