Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Chris Williamson
Head of College ChrisW@op.ac.nz

Chris is Head of the College of Community Development and Personal Well Being. He is an experienced counsellor who has worked in numerous counselling roles for over two decades. A national representative for the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, Chris holds a Master of Education (Endorsed in Counselling), as well as four other tertiary qualifications in Education. He grew up in Dunedin and has strong links in the local community.

Publications and Research

Williamson, C. (2013) Developing a staff training package to support tau iwi engaging with a Maori Strategic Framework. New Zealand Association of Counsellors Annual Conference, Napier. May 23-24, 2013

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Patricia Quensell
Careers Advisor/Team Leader patriciaq@op.ac.nz

Jo McDowell
Operations Coordinator jmcdowell@op.ac.nz

  Diane McKenzie
School Administrator dianem@op.ac.nz

Diane joined Otago Polytechnic as a full time administrator in 2001. Her responsibilities include financials, student administration, staff support, and administration duties within the Schools of Design and Social Services. She also provides administration support to the Safety and Wellbeing Manager.

  Shannon Booth
School Administrator shannonb@op.ac.nz

My hours of work are Mon to Fri, 8am to 2.30pm

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Erin Marlow
School Operations Coordinator emarlow@op.ac.nz

I am on leave from July 2017 to February 2018, Please contact Jo McDowell in my absence.

  Margaret McKenzie
Principal Lecturer, BSS Programme Manager margaretm@op.ac.nz

Margaret is the BSS Team Leader, teaching in Year 3 of the programme she also coordinates research project development and research capacity in the School of Social Services. She is a qualified and registered Social Worker with more than 30 years of experience as a social work academic in New Zealand. She has an extensive background as a social worker in specialist child and family mental health services and has been involved in many aspects of the development of the social work profession in New Zealand, including roles in the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work.

Publications and Research

Young,S., McKenzie, M., & Walker, S. (2014) Practising from Theory:Applying a Childs Rights,community development strengths based theoretical framework to child protection practice. Joint World Conference on Social Work,Education and Social Development ,Melbourne July 2014

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  Jeanette Rudd
Senior Lecturer /Programme Manager for Cert in HS JennyR@op.ac.nz

Jenny is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and joined OP in 2006. Prior to this, she worked in human service support roles and as a Social Worker in community and state roles. Jenny holds several qualifications including a Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Community Work and a Certificate of Competency in Social Work Supervision, and is now working towards her Master of Education. She is a member of the Aotearoa Association of Social Workers and was awarded a Student Association Student Choice Award for excellent teaching in 2010.

Publications and Research

Timms-Dean, K. & Rudd, J. (2011) Engaing Maori learners: a pedagocial framework. Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson, 12 - 14 October.

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  Judy Magee
Programme Leader - Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Early Childhood jmagee@op.ac.nz

Judy has extensive experience working in the area of bridging education, to facilitate student pathways from entry level in order to meet the academic criteria of their next academic step. These student journeys include meeting the academic entry for Otago Polytechnic Health degrees, and gaining qualifications in order to pursue careers in the Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing industries, and in Early Childhood. Judys qualifications include a BSc, DipTchg (Tert), NZCS, and Cert TESOL.

  Aaron Blaker
Team Leader/Lecturer English Language Centre ablaker@op.ac.nz

I am a teacher of English language, here at the English Language Centre. I am also, at the moment, Team Leader of the ELC, which means that I am in my office more than I am in the classroom.I have been a teacher for about 13 years. It is a skill and an occupation that runs in the family many generations of my family have been teachers, at primary, secondary and tertiary level.I have worked here at Otago Polytechnic for about 10 years. I really enjoy working with migrants, International students and all students in general. I regard education as an opportunity for transformation, a process that can lead to positive changes in a persons living and working circumstances. I see teaching as a science and an art-form, and a social service.When Im not teaching, I am spending time with family, keeping fit, reading and writing, or growing vegetables. I have two brothers, two children, and a lot of garlic. I have travelled widely, in Asia, Europe and North America. I have learnt a lot about different countries, people and myself while travelling and teaching, and I understand what it is like to find your way in another country, culture and language.Thats enough of me. Welcome to the English Language Centre, where we do all we can to help you to find your way.

  Jessica Thompson
Team Leader/Course coordinator Akoraka Mahi Tini - Foundation Studies jthompson@op.ac.nz

Jessica is the coordinator of Akoraka Mahi Tini, a Maori pre-trade foundation studies level 3 course and the Maori and Pacific Island pre- trade high school Star Course. She has worked in the foundation studies department at Otago Polytech since June 2012. Jessica is currently studying part timeby distance at Otago University to complete a Masters of Education. Jessicas research interests involve strategic management, educational leadership, second chance learning for Maori and behavior management.

  Harriet Walsh
Team Leader/Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies hwalsh@op.ac.nz

Harriet Walsh is Co Team Leader and lecturer of Foundation Studies. She works with the Level 3 courses teaching Personal Skills Development, Careers as well as co-ordinating the Kickstart and Farmhand Programmes. Kickstart and Farmhand are aimed at young people aged 18 year olds, which focuses on getting work ready and back into employment. Harriet has a primary teaching background with a Bachelor of Education, and has completed post graduate study. Harriet has taught many years in Outdoor Pursuits, specifically White Water Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Tramping, which she still enjoys doing in her own time. Harriet has a two daughters, Hollie and Sophie.


  Christine Beker
Senior Lecturer CROOS@op.ac.nz

Ms Christine BekerChristine.Bekerop.ac.nz

Publications and Research

Beker, C. (2014) The Reading Literacy Test(LNAAT) as an early indication of retention and success in an open entry Level 3 Certificate programme FABENZ Challenges and Innovation Conference 2014, Tauranga, New Zealand, 4th and 5th December, 2014

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  Glenys Ker
Lecturer, Capable NZ Facilitator GlenysK@op.ac.nz

Glenys is the Programme Leader of the undergrad qualifications on offer through Capable NZ and works as a facilitator of learning, an academic mentor, and assessor at Capable NZ. Glenys supports learners to articulate their skills, knowledge and attitudes gained from their work-based learning experiences, as well as undertaking new learning to gain a degree qualification through Capable NZs independent learning pathways. Glenys runs her own business, Career Fit, specializing in worklife coaching and all aspects of career planning. She brings a diverse employment background to her career practice, with significant experience in teaching at secondary school, polytechnic and university level, as well as roles in senior management. Glenys works with elite athletes, people in transition (redundancies, career change, back to work and personal development) and organisations. She supports and coaches people in personal effectiveness, worklife balance, 360 reviews and professional development planning. Glenys also teaches in the School of Social Services in the Career Practice stream. She is the local Chairperson for the OtagoSouthland Career Development Association of NZ and enjoys speaking at events about transition, leadership, elite performance and adult learning. Her recent research is in adult learning and independent learning pathways and professional practice qualifications.Field(s) of ExpertiseEducation, Management and Leadership, Elite Sports Performance, Career Development, Assessment of Prior Learning, Work-Based Learning, Adult LearningQualificationsDoctorate in Prof Studies (Adult Learning) Middlesex University, completion 2017, Master of Career Development Edith Cowan University, Australia, Bachelor Applied Management (Strategic Management) Otago Polytechnic, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, Graduate Certificate in Teacher Education both AUT, Graduate Certificate in Elite Performance Victoria University of Wellington, Dip Tchg, Diploma in Commerce Christchurch College of Education.

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 ASCILITE Conference, Dunedin, November. http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/posters/

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  Lisa Muir
Senior Lecturer/Placement Coordinator lisam@op.ac.nz

Lisa is a Senior Lecturer and Fieldwork Placement Coordinator within the School of Social Services. She holds the GCTLT (Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning), a Bachelor of Arts in (BA) Community and Family Studies, a Certificate in Te Mata a ao Maori and the National Mental Health Certificate (Level 4). Lisa has worked extensively in the intellectual disability, mental health and aged care fields.

Rachel Dibble
Lecturer RachelD@op.ac.nz

Ellen Morland
Lecturer Adult Literacy and Numeracy EllenM@op.ac.nz

Pariya Williams
Lecturer - English Language pariyaw@op.ac.nz

Michelle Ashbury
Foundation Studies michellea@op.ac.nz

Afife Boock
Lecturer English Language Centre aboock@op.ac.nz

Jill Davidson
Senior Lecturer - Foundation Studies JillD@op.ac.nz

  Jean Gordon
Lecturer - English Language Centre and ABE JGordon@op.ac.nz

Jean Gordon MAppLng TESOL, GCTLT, BA, BEd, Dip Tch, TESOL Cert, has worked as a lecturer for Otago Polytechnic in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) since 2002 on a variety of language courses ranging from part time to full time.Jeans office is situated in Parry Street She icurrently works part time as a lecturer for The English Language Centre teaching the 24 week English for Nursing course and also works for Architecture Building and Engineering co teaching the English component of the year long Certificate in English for Engineering course.

  Jade Morgan
Foundation Studies - Maori Trades jmorgan@op.ac.nz

Jade Morgan heralds from a beautiful little coastal village called Rapaki on Banks Peninsula in Christchurch. He has a background of working for Community Marae based Social Service N.G.Os (non-government organisations) delivering programmes on behalf of the community Iwi (Kai Tahu) to Youth at Risk in conjunction with C.Y.P.F.S, Youth Justice, Ministry of Ed Ministry of Health to name a few. Jade has also co-created a Community Probation Service Cultural Programme for the Canterbury region, Manawa Ora Manawa Toa as well as a Physical activities Nutritional information programme Mau Rakau in Schools. Currently Jade is working here at O.P as a lecturer with Foundation Studies students in Youth Guarantees Akoraka Mahi Tini (Maori Pre-Trade).

Stephanie Revell
Lecturer srevell@op.ac.nz

Paula West
Lecturer PaulaW@op.ac.nz

Matt Lambeth
Lecturer matthewl@op.ac.nz

  Barbara Fogarty-Perry
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Services bfogarty@op.ac.nz

Barbara has worked in Education and Community Development for the past thirty years. Her fields of interest are predominantly Educational Leadership and Disability Studies. She lectures on the Bachelor of Social Services and also supervises Disability Support at Otago Polytechnic. She is an experienced Lecturer both in Universities and Polytechnics, School Principal, and Special Needs Adviser as well as Educational consultant.Research PublicationsPerry, B. (2016) New and Emerging Issues in Global Education. London International Conference in Education, conference Proceedings available at httpwww.iicedu.orgLICE-2016LICE-2016-Proceedings.pdf Fogarty, B. (2016) Co-construction of Strategies for students with Dyslexia in a Tertiary Education Setting in New Zealand A Practitioners View. Proceedings of Hawaii International Education Conference, January, 3-6, 2016. Fogarty-Perry, B. (2016) The Challenges of Integrated Curriculum in a New school A Principal's View Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference, January 3-6, 2016 Fogarty-Perry, B. (2016) Beginning a new school based on the principles of social justice and curriculum integration in New Zealand A Foundation Principal's view. 2016 NZEALS International Educational Leadership conference Proceedings, 20-22 April, Dunedin. Perry, B. (2016) In the Hothouse Educational Leadership in times of Natural Disaster London International Conference in Education, Conference Proceedings available at httpwww.iicedu.orgLICE-2016LICE-2016-Proceedings.pdf Perry (Fogarty), B (2012) Sustainability and Resilience in New Zealand Primary Principals httpwww.educationalleaders.govt.nzLeadership-developmentProfessional-informationPrincipals-sabbatical-reportsReport-archives-for-2007-2013Primary-award-recipients-2012Perry-Barbara

Publications and Research

Perry, B. (2017) Riding the Crest of the Wave: Inclusion in New Zealand. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Disability Studies to be held in Vancouver, Canada August, 7-8, 2017

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Morag Cunningham (U001195)
Counselling Coordinator moragc@op.ac.nz

Fran Rae
Lecturer frae@op.ac.nz

Rea Stout
Tutorial Assistant reas@op.ac.nz

Katrina Le Cong
Lecturer klecong@op.ac.nz

  Michael Goodliffe
Lecturer mgoodliffe@op.ac.nz

Michael joined the English Language Programme in 2015 and has since worked on two Summer Schools and several short course as well as Level 2. He has taught English for many years at Nelson Polytechnic ,in Christchurch, Switzerland and China .Before becoming a tutor he worked for the Department of Conservation and has also worked as a Guide on the Routeburn Track. He really enjoys getting to know students from different countries and trying to communicate the beauty and craziness of the English language. His hobbies include travel, tramping, cycling, kayaking and reading.

Michael Mullens
Lecturer - ENG TECH (CIVIL) mmullens@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Jill Elder
Lecturer JElder@op.ac.nz

  Trixie (Patricia) Campbell
Lecturer - Foundation Studies patriciac@op.ac.nz

Patricia (known as Trixie) lectures in Foundation Learning in the Department of Architecture, Building and Engineering.Trixie is a primary trained teacher with a Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. Her interest is in developing student based learning experiences that meet the needs of her students. Trixie has also undertaken considerable training in working with students who are experiencing difficulties with reading and spelling.

Wendy Allan (Tripp) (U001233)

Andrea Russell (U001190)

Ashleigh Crosbie (U001188)

Jo Cook

Bev Dickson (U000852)