I genuinely don't know where to begin writing this short post because the news still feels so unreal. I received a wonderful e-mail yesterday from my university HR and College Dean to say that I have been successfully promoted to Level C!
For those in non-Australian university systems - level C (Senior Lecturer) is one step up from B (Lecturer). I have been at the ANU almost 4 years and I swear these past years feel as if they've flown by... I have been extremely busy setting up our Histology lab, teaching, and trying to publish as much as possible. With my ARC DECRA grant, awarded in 2018, that kicked in mid-2019, and a 6 month research leave at the start of 2019, it's really only the year 2019 when I took a deep breath, slowed down for a bit, and looked back at the period 2016 - 2019... I was applying for equipment and research grants left and right, pretty much non-stop, always worried in the back of my mind that my goal of setting up a hard tissue microscopy lab will not materialise. Multiple rejections and failures later, 4 years down the line - we have a fully functioning lab full of PhD, Masters, and Honours students!
I feel so appreciative of the ANU for recognising my efforts and commitment to the university - being promoted makes me feel rewarded for all the love and passion, and risk taking, I am putting into my academic adventures!