The Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley acknowledges the University of Waikato's new Professors and Associate Professors.
These promotions recognise contributions to research and the achievement of an international reputation in their area of specialisation, as well as outstanding contributions to teaching, research, student supervision and leadership within the University.
Professor Claire Breen, Te Piringa Faculty of Law
Claire undertakes research in the areas of international human rights law, children's rights law, international peace and security, and teaches in the areas of international law, human rights law and armed conflict law.
Professor Eibe Frank, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Eibe undertakes research in machine learning and teaches computer science.
Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris, School of Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Merilyn undertakes research in carbohydrate chemistry, in particular honey, and teaches chemistry.
Professor Linda Mitchell, Te Whiringa, Faculty of Education
Linda undertakes research in early childhood education and related education policy, both globally and in New Zealand and also teaches in these areas, as well as about research methods. Linda is leading a Marsden-funded project about refugee families in early childhood education and is also working in Timor Leste.
Professor John Perrone, School of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
John undertakes research in the areas of visual neuroscience and visual motion perception, and teaches in the areas of sensation and perception.
Professor Holly Thorpe, Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance
Holly undertakes research and teaching in the areas of sociology of sport and physical culture, with a focus on youth culture, action sports, gender, female athlete health, social theory, and qualitative methods.
New Associate Professors
Associate Professor Tracy Bowell, Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching & Learning, Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Tracy undertakes research in the areas of argumentation and critical thinking, feminist epistemology, philosophy of education and Wittgenstein's philosophy.
Associate Professor Michael Cree, School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Michael undertakes research in the areas of medical imaging, computer vision and visual sensors and teaches in the area of electronic engineering.
Associate Professor Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Te Piringa Faculty of Law
Trevor researches and teaches in environmental law and administrative law.
Associate Professor Chris Eames, TEMS Education Research Centre, Faculty of Education
Chris undertakes research in the areas of environmental and sustainability education and teaches in the areas of environmental and science education and education research methods.
Associate Professor Mark Houlahan, English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Mark undertakes research on the adaptation and reception of Shakespeare in New Zealand (and elsewhere), and the historical contexts of Shakespeare's writing. He teaches storytelling, literary theory and renaissance poetry and plays including Shakespeare.
Associate Professor Chris Lusk, School of Science
Chris' research aims to reconcile quirks of New Zealand's flora and vegetation with ecological theory, and he teaches in the areas of terrestrial ecology and plant physiological ecology.
Associate Professor Pawel Olszewski, School of Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Pawel undertakes research in the field of neuroendocrine regulation of food intake and teaches in the area of physiology.
Associate Professor Kirsten Petrie, Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance
Kirsten researches and teaches in health and physical education in primary schools. She is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.
Associate Professor Liezl van Zyl, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Liezl’s research is in normative and applied ethics, and she teaches in the areas of ethics and aesthetics.