University of Waikato Academic Leaders
Professor Neil Quigley
BA MA(Hons) Canterbury, PhD Toronto
Professor Quigley became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato in early 2015. Before taking up his position as Vice-Chancellor he was employed at Victoria University of Wellington for 19 years, originally as Professor of Economics, and more recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Provost. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Professor Quigley is a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and also a Director of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Alister Jones
BSc Otago, MSc PhD Waikato DipT MRSNZ
Professor Jones was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2011 and became Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2015. He is the former Dean of Education and was previously Research Professor and Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the Faculty of Education. He has managed and directed research projects that have informed policy, curriculum, and teacher development in New Zealand and internationally. His main areas of research are curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment, particularly in science and technology education. He has acted as an international consultant in curriculum and assessment and building educational research capability. In 2000, he was awarded the NZ Science and Technology Medal for his significant contribution to the development of technology education both nationally and internationally.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
Professor Robyn Longhurst
BSocSc MSocSc PhD Waikato
Professor Longhurst was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic in 2015, following a term as Pro Vice-Chancellor Education. She is a Professor of Geography. Her work in gender, cultural and social geography is known and respected in New Zealand and internationally. Professor Longhurst has served as Chair of the Commission on Gender and Geography of the International Geographical Union and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Gender, Place and Culture. In 2010 she was presented with the Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Award. In the same year she received a University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award and in 2013 a University of Waikato Research Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award. She was a Member of the New Zealand PBRF Peer Review Panel ‘Social Sciences and Other Cultural/Social Studies’ in the 2006 and 2012 Quality Evaluation.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
Professor Bruce Clarkson
BSc MSc DPhil Waikato
Professor Clarkson completed his BSc, MSc and DPhil at the University of Waikato, and joined the then Department of Science and Industrial Research in 1980, after completing his PhD in botany. He has worked for Landcare Research and rejoined the University of Waikato in 1999 as a lecturer. Professor Clarkson heads the University’s Environmental Research Institute and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost authorities on ecological restoration, leading a $300,000 a year government-funded research programme looking at the best methods to restore indigenous biodiversity in cities. He has worked on a number of local restoration initiatives and in 2006 was awarded the country’s premier conservation award.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori)
Professor Linda Smith
BA MA PhD Auck DipT
Professor Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori at the University of Waikato in 2007. Professor Smith previously held the Chair in Education at the University of Auckland and was joint director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (Horizons of Insight), the National Institute of Research Excellence in Māori Development and Advancement. Professor Smith’s PhD in education was conferred by the University of Auckland in 1996. Her work in the field of Māori education, and indigenous people’s education generally, is renowned in New Zealand and overseas.
Acting Dean of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Allison Kirkman
BA Massey, BA(Hons) PhD Victoria (Wellington)
Professor Kirkman began her working life as a nurse and midwife in Christchurch. She then went on to complete a BA extramurally from Massey University and a BA(Hons) and PhD in Sociology from Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to her appointment as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato in 2016 she was the Vice Provost (Academic and Equity) at Victoria University. Her other appointments at Victoria University included Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her teaching, research and publications are in the sociology of health, gender, sexuality, dying and death. She was the Deputy Chair of the National Ethics Committee on Health and Disability Research for a six year term and also Convener of the Victoria University Human Ethics Committee.
Dean of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Professor Geoff Holmes
BSc(Hons) PhD Southampton
Professor Holmes gained an Honours Degree and Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK. Following a research position in the engineering department at Cambridge University, he joined Waikato in 1987 as a lecturer in computer science, and rose up the academic ranks. He was appointed Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in 2008. His major research interest is in machine learning, a topic that involves mathematics, statistics and computer science. He is best known both locally and internationally for his contributions to applied machine learning, deploying theoretical frameworks in practical situations. He is currently involved in collaborative research with local industry to provide automatic analysis of analytical testing procedures.
Acting Dean of Education
BEd Massey, MEd Waikato
Russell Yates has been Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education since September 2016. Russell's academic life began as a primary school teacher and principal and, for more than 20 years, worked in rural and urban schools. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as an adviser to rural schools in the Department of Education. He was appointed to the University of Waikato in 1991. His research interests are in school leadership, school and teacher development, professionalism and teacher ethics, rural education and online learning.
Dean of Law
Associate Professor Wayne Rumbles
BA LLB LLM(Dist) Waikato
Associate Professor Rumbles graduated with a BA/LLB in 1996 with majors in History and English Literature. He completed his LLM (Distinction) at the University of Waikato in 1998. He spent three years working in community law and worked for Te Matahauariki Research Institute for 10 years on the Laws and Institutions for Aotearoa/New Zealand project. Associate Professor Rumbles lectures in the areas of crime and criminology and also teaches specialist fourth and fifth year papers in cyber law, including one of the core papers in the cross-disciplinary Masters in Cyber Security. His research and publications include new technologies as they interface with the law, indigenous rights especially in relation to criminal law, media and the law, cyber-crime and security.
Dean of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Professor Brendan Hokowhitu
BPhEd BA PhD Otago, MA Victoria (Canada)
Professor Hokowhitu was appointed Dean of Māori and Indigenous Studies (formerly Māori and Pacific Development) in January 2016, coming to Waikato after nearly four years as Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at Canada’s University of Alberta in Edmonton. Before that he spent 10 years at the University of Otago culminating in being the first Associate Dean (Māori) in the Division of Humanities, whilst also being an Associate Professor in Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. Professor Hokowhitu has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Otago, a Master of Arts in Physical Education from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a PhD in Māori Studies and Physical Education from the University of Otago. His research has led him to conduct an historical analysis into Māori in sport, and Māori and indigenous media.
Dean of Science
Professor Chad Hewitt
BA UC Berkeley, PhD Oregon
Professor Hewitt was appointed Dean of the School of Science in Faculty of Science and Engineering in October 2015. He was previously Head of the School of Science. His research portfolio revolves around the role humans play in changing the natural world, particularly in marine systems, and how natural science can influence management and policy. He is recognised as a global expert on marine biological invasions and biosecurity governance at national and international levels. Professor Hewitt has previously worked as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at CQUniversity, and led the development of the National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability at the University of Tasmania/Australian Maritime College; in government as the Chief Technical Officer – Marine Biosecurity for the New Zealand Government, responsible for the management and implementation of the biosecurity system in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone; and in the Australian CSIRO Marine Research in the Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests (CRIMP) as the Leader of the Invasion Processes Group. He is currently a member of the Australian Eminent Scientists Group providing science advice to the Australian Government on Import Risk Assessments.
Acting Dean of Engineering
Professor Janis Swan
M.Tech Massey, PhD Waterloo
Professor Swan was appointed Acting Dean of Engineering in 2015. She was Associate Dean and has also been Chair of Materials and Process Engineering and Chair of Engineering. Professor Swan's research expertise is in bioprocess engineering, large-scale separations and engineering education, and she teaches in biotechnology and bioprocess engineering and engineering design, research and management. Professor Swan is currently a council member of the MBIE Science Board and a member of the steering committee for Engineering E2E. She was chair of the New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans from 2009 - 2011. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. In 2009 she was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to engineering.
Acting Dean of Waikato Management School
Emeritus Professor Deborah Willis
BA MA Canterbury, PhD Victoria (Wellington), DipT Christchurch
Emeritus Professor Willis was appointed Acting Dean of Waikato Management School in February 2016. She was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington from 2004 – 2014. During her term she was also appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education. Following a period of teaching and research in the Pacific region, she was appointed Director of the Victoria University Teaching Development Centre and then Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic) with responsibility for academic policy and teaching and learning quality. Her research expertise is in curriculum, assessment and evaluation and she has served on several internal, national and international review panels and was an inaugural member of the national tertiary teaching awards committee. In 2005 she was appointed by the Government to chair the Teaching Matters Forum. She served as the New Zealand representative on the Grants Committee of the University of the South Pacific for six years. In 2015 she was part of the academic audit panel for the University of Waikato.
Dean of Graduate Research
Professor Kay Weaver
BA PhD Stirling
Professor Weaver began her working life with the West Midlands Police Force in Birmingham, England. She then went on to complete a BA and PhD through Stirling University's prestigious Department of Film and Media Studies and worked as a media researcher for the Stirling Media Research Institute. She joined the University of Waikato’s Department of Screen and Media Studies in 1995, and in 1999 moved to the Department of Management Communication. Professor Weaver was appointed Dean of the school of Graduate Research in November 2015. Prior to that she was Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate from 2011. Professor Weaver has a range of research interests in communication, media, and public relations. She has published widely in journals and edited book collections and is co-author and co-editor of a large number of books. Her research draws on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches including audience and media user research, communication effects, critical, cultural, and poststructuralist analysis.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning
Dr Tracy Bowell
BA(Hons) Sussex, MPhil Cambridge, PhD Auckland
Dr Bowell was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning in October 2015. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and French from the University of Sussex, an MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in metaphysics and epistemology from the University of Auckland. She joined the University’s Department of Philosophy in 1993, she has served as Chair of the Philosophy Department, and has recently completed a term as Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dr Bowell’s research interests are in the areas of Argumentation and Critical Thinking, Epistemology, Wittgenstein’s Philosophy and Feminist Philosophy and she has published journal articles, book chapters and a book in these areas. Her current research focusses on virtue and argument; on the challenges of modifying deeply-held beliefs; and on Wittgenstein and mental health. She holds the elected position of Regional Director (New Zealand) of the Australasian Association of Philosophy.