A distinguished engineer and two high-level educators have been made Emeritus Professors at the University of Waikato.
Janis Swan, Margaret Carr and Terry Locke have all had long careers at the university, and their contribution as teachers, administrators and researchers was acknowledged this week at a special ceremony.
Professor Janis Swan MNZM was the first woman in New Zealand to lead an engineering faculty and is one of only two women out of 65 to be a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
She led the initiative to bring professional engineering to the University of Waikato and oversaw Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) accreditation for the five disciplines on offer, working tirelessly to promote and build the programmes and maintain their high quality. During her 20 years on campus Professor Swan won numerous awards and prizes and she continues to sit on national advisory groups and panels, including the Ministry of Business Innovation and Enterprise partnerships scheme, the assessment panel for Engineering Technology and Architecture PBRF panel, industry advisory groups for food industry emerging technologies, and the engineering to employment panel. She was the inaugural chairperson of the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science panel of the Marsden Council and has been on the Science Board.
Professor Margaret Carr ONZM has been a key influencer of early childhood education (ECE) in New Zealand, driving the national early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, developing new forms of assessment, and leading research across the sector. The curriculum was ground breaking and is still held up as a model. Professor Carr also advised on the 2017 revision of the document.
Internationally, Professor Carr is known for the development of ‘Learning Stories’, a narrative assessment approach that recognises the breadth of children’s achievements, with multiple inputs that contribute to the analysis of children’s learning that encourages further learning. The ‘Learning Stories’ approach was adopted in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, Japan and China. The programme enhanced the University of Waikato’s profile in the field of early childhood education. Her two books on learning stories – one of them co-written with Wendy Lee – have been translated into several languages, as have two of her more recent publications.
Professor Carr is a recipient of the highly prized McKenzie Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, given for a life-long career of outstanding merit and sustained research excellence.
Professor Terry Locke is also a recipient of the McKenzie Award. His central research focus has been the importance of language and literature and the ways it can be taught most effectively. He engaged with scholars in New Zealand and around the world to promote best-teaching practices and to apply meaningful research in the teaching of English, literacy and the arts.
Professor Locke led a major two-year study on teaching literature in the multi-cultural classroom, and the results led to a new understanding of how literary texts can be taught in our increasingly ethnically and linguistically diverse environments.
He has worked with scholars from the London Institute of Education, investigating the impact of ICTs on literacy learning, and with scholars from the UK and Finland to complete an international study of changes in teachers’ work.