Uni names new professors

Twenty-eight University of Otago academics will be promoted to the position of professor next year.

Acting vice-chancellor Prof Helen Nicholson said the promotions acknowledged the dedication of the talented group, which covered the breadth of the university’s divisions and campuses.

"It is wonderful to see people succeeding across disciplines and campuses, with new professors in all four academic divisions from Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington."

She said the promotion process involved thorough evaluation of each individual’s record of contributions to research, teaching, and service to the university and community.

It also involved input from international specialists in evaluating the candidates’ research contributions.

A further 52 academics would be promoted to associate professor, research associate professor and clinical associate professor.

The promotions take effect from February 1, 2022.

The staff promoted to professor are.— Peter Adams (music); Lynley Anderson (bioethics); Jesse Bering (science communication); Michael Black (biochemistry); Jonathan Broadbent (oral sciences); Rebecca Campbell (physiology); Timothy Eglinton (surgery); Catherine Fowler (media, film and communication); Anita Gibbs (sociology, gender studies and criminology); Clinton Golding (higher education); Rebecca Grainger (medicine); Alex Gunn (education); Sian Halcrow (anatomy); Chris Hepburn (marine science); Christopher Holmes (theology); Zhiyi Huang (computer science); Michael Keall (public health); Ali Knott (computer science); Simone Marshall (English and linguistics); Natalie Medlicott (pharmacy); Karen Nairn (education); Philippa Seaton (nursing); Simon Stebbings (medicine); Michael Tatley (pharmacovigilance); Gareth Treharne (psychology); Robin Turner (biostatistics); Angela Wanhalla (history); Gerry Wilkins (medicine).

 - john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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