Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Lesley Smith
Head of College lsmith@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

Smith, L., Haden, P. and Mann, S. (2012). Can we be Friends?: Building Student Communities with Social Media. Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand Conference, Christchurch, 7 - 10 October.

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Christine Dyer
Administrator chrisd@op.ac.nz

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Joy Gasson
Team Leader - BIT JoyG@op.ac.nz

  Hamish Smith
IT Certs - Programme Coordinator hamishs@op.ac.nz

Hamish is based in Paraparaumu in 2015 and is working from distance. Hamish has been teaching computing since 1994 and teaching at Otago Polytechnic since 2007. Since 2009, his roles have been split between Programme Manager Team Leader and teaching in the fields of software packages, computer networking, hardware, and project development. Hamish is involved in his local church, as well as other community involvement. He has a passion for supporting his local communities.

Publications and Research

Smith,H, Addison, A., Batuigas, L., Bracken, D., Caukill, M., Cook, S., Davy,J. Haden, P., McCarthy, C., McNab, S., Mann, S., Morton, S. Mumford, J., Otto, M., Parsons, D., Sutton, K., Trounson,, R. Whitney A. & Zhao.S. (2013). Relationships in Community Engagement. In Lopez, M, & Verhaart, (eds) Proceedings of CITRENZ 2013, Hamilton 6-9th Oct 2013 p130-135 http://www.citrenz.ac.nz/conferences/2013/pdf/2013CITRENZ_2_Smith43_CommunityEngagement.pdf

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Paul Admiraal
Lecturer padmiraal@op.ac.nz

  Patricia Haden
Principal Lecturer phaden@op.ac.nz

Patricia Haden holds a B.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego. After immigrating to New Zealand in 1994, she became the Director of Networked Medical Education at the University of Otago Medical School, developing software for teaching, training and assessment. She joined the School of ICT in 2002. She teaches advanced software development and is the Schools Research Coordinator.

Publications and Research

Claudia Ott, Anthony Robins, Patricia Haden & Kerry Shephard (2015). Illustrating performance indicators and course characteristics to support students’ self-regulated learning in CS1. Computer Science Education (2015) DOI: 10.1080/08993408.2015.1033129


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  Dale Parsons
Principal Lecturer dale@op.ac.nz

Dale is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Information Technology. She teaches programming in years 1 and 2 and Multimedia and Training in years 2 and 3. Her main area of research is in Computing Education, the focus for 2012 was pair programming and version control software.

Publications and Research

Parsons, D., Wood, K. and Haden, P. (2015). What are we doing when we assess programming? 17th Australasian Computing Education
Conference (ACE2015), Sydney, Australia. Conferences in
Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT),
Vol. 160. D. D'Souza and K. Falkner, Eds.

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Elise Allen
Lecturer eallen@op.ac.nz

Peter Brook
Principal Lecturer peterb@op.ac.nz

  Krissi Wood
Lecturer KrissieW@op.ac.nz

Krissi is a BIT graduate from 2005, who has returned to the Polytechnic after a number of years in Industry. She is a lecturer in the School of Information Technology, where she teaches Programming, PC Maintenance and Web programming in first year and Databases in second year. Her main area of research is in Computing Education and the focus for 2012 was pair programming and version control software.

Publications and Research

Wood, K., Parsons, D., Gasson, J., Haden, P. (2013). It’s Never Too Early: Pair Programming In CS1. Fifteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference
Adelaide, Australia, 29 January - 1 February 2013

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Michael Holtz
Lecturer mholtz@op.ac.nz

Vaughn Malkin
Lecturer VaughnM@op.ac.nz

  Dr Christopher Frantz
Lecturer cfrantz@op.ac.nz

Christopher is currently teaching 2nd and 3rd Year papers in Operating System Concepts, Linux, Systems Administration, and Robotics with a broad industrial experience as Network Administrator and Software Engineer. Christopher's general research area is Computational Social Science. More specifically, his work currently concentrates on building computational models of human behaviour to help understand how humans develop, interpret and react to norms and rules (institutions), and how we can use technology to represent those in socio technical systems. He holds a MSc in Information Systems from the University of Koblenz Landau (Germany) and a PhD in Agent based Modelling from the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Publications and Research

Frantz, C.; Purvis, M. K.; Nowostawski, M. & Savarimuthu, B. T. R.: (2014). Modelling Institutions using Dynamic Deontics. Coordination, Organizations.Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems IX, Volume 8386, 2014, 211-233 http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-07314-9_12

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  David Rozado
Lecturer drozado@op.ac.nz

David Rozado holds a B.Sc. in Information Systems from Boston University, a M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the Free University of Berlin and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Madrid. David joined Otago Polytechnic early in 2015. His main area of research is in Human computer interaction with a focus on accessibility software and assistive technologies for people with motor impairment. He currently teaches Web programming 3, Databases 3 (with an emphasis in data miningmachine learning) and final year Project.

Publications and Research

Ishac, K and Rozado, D. (2014). Low cost human-robot gaze estimation system. Ishac, Karlos, and David Rozado. "Low cost human-robot gaze estimation system." Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design. ACM, 2014. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2686674

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Rob Broadley
Technician/Systems Administrator rbroadley@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Kirsty Mason
Administrator KMason@op.ac.nz

  Tom Clark
Senior Lecturer tclark@op.ac.nz

Tom Clark studied mathematics and computer science at Seattle University and Dartmouth College in the United States before going on to work in various software development, IT operations, and tertiary teaching roles. Tom joined the staff of Otago Polytechnic in July of 2013 to teach in the BIT programme. He teaches papers in programming, networking, and systems administration.

Publications and Research

Clark, T (2014). What Should a System Administration Student's Homework Look Like? http://linux.conf.au/schedule/30121/view_talk?day=wednesday

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