Otago Polytechnic


  Kylie Maihi
Operations Coordinator Kylie.Maihi@op.ac.nz

Days of Work: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Kylie joined the Otago Polytechnic in 2017 coming from an Industry Training Background with a Degree in Physical Education. Kylie works with the IT Programmes providing administrative and operational support to both students and staff.

Head of Department

  Lesley Smith
Assoc Director: Quality Servic Lesley.Smith@op.ac.nz

Since graduating with a BIT in 2000, Lesley has worked in the roles of Senior Lecturer, Programme Manager and finally Head of School (since 2007). In 2013 the Schools of IT and Business were merged so Lesley became the Head of the new College of Enterprise and Development. A key part of her role is to build connections with local businesses, develop opportunities for knowledge transfer and to ensure the College is preparing students with the work ready skills they will need in the future.

Publications and Research

Mann,S., Smith,L. & Smith, H. (2012) Request for collaborators: SQUAWK. in Lopez, M., Verhaart. M (eds) 25th Annual Computing and Information Technology Education and Research in New Zealand. Christchurch 7-10th Oct. p147

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  Anne Macleod
Senior Lecturer Anne.Macleod@op.ac.nz

Anne has been at Otago Polytechnic for a number of years. She teaches on the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) L3 and L4 program Anne is also involved in training, work based assessment and flexible delivery. Having a sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, MYOB and AcePay, Anne's speciality area is in Computer Software for Administration.

  Chris Fraser
Lecturer Chris.Fraser@op.ac.nz

Chris is a lecturer at the School of Applied Business. Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and a Master of Business Administration, both from Otago. Over the last 15 years he has alternated between operating his own management consulting business and working as a senior manager in the New Zealand health sector. Roles he has held in the health sector include senior advisor to the Minister of Health and General Manager of Planning and Funding for the Southern District Health Board. Chris commenced part time lecturing at the Otago Polytechnic in 2011.

Publications and Research

Osborne, P., Atkins, S., Schaddelee, M., Lion, K. and Fraser, C. (2014) Problem based learning at Otago Polytechnic: developing a research programme. Workshop at the Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, SIT, Invercargill, 1-3 October.

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Craig West
Senior Lecturer Craig.West@op.ac.nz

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  Julie Notman
Senior Lecturer Julie.Notman@op.ac.nz

Julie began at Otago Polytechnic in 1994. She currently teaches on the Business Administration programme and Xcellerate – Diploma of Executive Administration. As a trained and registered teacher, she has taught in schools and business colleges in Dunedin and London; gaining industry experience in New Zealand and overseas. She is passionate about further education, teaching and learning – at all stages of life – and the opportunities that Otago Polytechnic has to offer.

  Lesley Gill
Principal Lecturer Lesley.Gill@op.ac.nz

Lesley is a Principal Lecturer in the College of Enterprise and Development, with a training emphasis on Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Organisational Behaviour, as well as providing supervision for Internship projects. Lesley also supports Otago Polytechnic staff through Resilience workshops.The focus of Lesley's research is emotional intelligence, which predominantly spans resilience, self-awareness and empathy training design, with a successful portfolio national and international publications and conferences. Emotional intelligence is a key set of abilities that helps people manage change and interpersonal relationships in their life.

Publications and Research

Gill, L.J. (2012) Systemic action research for ethics students: Curbing unethical business behaviour by addressing core values in next-generation corporates. Systemic Practice and Action Research, Vol 25 (5), pp 371-391. DOI10.1007/s11213-012-9228-x.

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  Lyn Blair
Senior Lecturer Lyn.Blair@op.ac.nz

Lyn has been working for Otago Polytechnic for 10 years. Before this, she worked with adults in Literacy and numeracy. She currently teaches computing, Organisational management, and Busienss Communication in both the degree and diploma programmes.

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  Marje Schaddelee
Learning Advisor Marje.Schaddelee@op.ac.nz

Marjolein (Marje) grew up in the Netherlands and worked in Human Resource Management in London before moving to New Zealand. After working in Wellington and Marlborough in HR management, she joined Otago Polytechnic's School of Business as a Senior Lecturer. Marje developed research interests in the areas of project-based learning, organisational learning, human resources and organisational behaviour. These areas of interest have paved the way for her most recent research on the topic of empathy in the workplace. Marje currently works as an Academic Learning Advisor at Otago Polytechnic.

Publications and Research

Gill, L. J., Atkins, S., & Schaddelee, M. (2017) Detecting sincerity en route to Q sorts methodology. The abstract for this paper was peer-reviewed, and the full paper was presented at the 16th European Conference of Research Methods (ECRM), Dublin, 22-23 July 2017.

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Phil Osborne
Lecturer Phil.Osborne@op.ac.nz

  Rachel Byars
Principal Lecturer Rachel.Byars@op.ac.nz

Rachel has a background in both hotel and food and beverage management, both in New Zealand and overseas. She has qualifications in Hotel and Food and Beverage Management, a Masters of Education (Adult) and a Graduate Certificate in E-learning. She teaches on the Diploma and Degree programmes, across management subjects as well as the Tourism and Event majors. She is also the course coordinator for the Internship and Industry Projects.

Publications and Research

Mann, S., Allen, E., Ker, G., Byars, R., Thompson, M., & Jenkins, H. (2014) Mobile devices to increase student engagement in constructivist tertiary vocational education during #NPF14LMD. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ASCILITE), Dunedin, November.

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  Sharleen Howison
Principal Lecturer Sharleen.Howison@op.ac.nz

Sharleen holds a Doctorate in Education through Griffith University Brisbane, and currently lectures in stage 1,2 and 3 papers for the Bachelor of Applied Management in Management and the Tourism and Event Majors. She teaches students about Destination Management, Tourism Industry Enterprises, Event Marketing and Sponsorship and NZ Organisations. Sharleen also supervises on the 3rd year Cooperative Education project. She is also the Maori and Pacific Island contact and Moderation Coordinator for the Business degree and diploma in the College of Art, Design and Architecture. Her research interests are focused on Indigenous Tourism, Cultural tourism and impacts in the tourism and events industry globally.

Publications and Research

Howison, S., Higgins-Desboilles, F., & Sun, S. (2017) Storytelling in tourism: Chinese visitors and Maori hosts in New Zealand. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2017.

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  Stephen Atkins
Principal Lecturer Stephen.Atkins@op.ac.nz

Stephen is Research Coordinator (Business) in the College of Enterprise and Development. He lectures in cross-cultural management, organisational behaviour, industrial psychology and business research methods. Stephen's research interests include cognitions for social marketing, project-based learning, and personality fit in the workplace. He also undertakes teamwork optimisation and team mission analysis in regards to project and volunteer staffing research.

Publications and Research

Redman, K., Atkins, S., and Halberstadt, J. (2016) ONet’s Work Importance Profiler distinguishing agentic from communal from status from feminine occupations. Paper published in Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, Paris, June.

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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

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Emma Hogg
Interim Head of Business Progs Emma.Hogg@op.ac.nz


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Rob Broadley
Systems Administrator Rob.Broadley@op.ac.nz