Otago Polytechnic


  Diane McKenzie
Administrator Diane.McKenzie@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.

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  Shannon Booth
Administrator Shannon.Booth@op.ac.nz

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

Head of Department

  Chris Williamson
Head of College Chris.Williamson@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. Chris has been 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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Afife Boock
Lecturer Afife.Boock@op.ac.nz

  Barbara Fogarty (Perry)
Team Leader Barbara.Fogarty@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 Publications:
Perry, B. (2016) New and Emerging Issues in Global Education. London International Conference in Education, conference Proceedings available at: http://www.iicedu.org/LICE-2016/LICE-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: http://www.iicedu.org/LICE-2016/LICE-2016-Proceedings.pdf
Perry (Fogarty), B (2012) Sustainability and Resilience in New Zealand Primary Principals http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/Leadership-development/Professional-information/Principals-sabbatical-reports/Report-archives-for-2007-2013/Primary-award-recipients-2012/Perry-Barbara

Publications and Research

Fogarty-Perry, B.(also known as Fogarty, B. or Perry, B.) (2017) Social Justice and Curriculum Integration in a New Zealand Primary School: A Foundation Principal's View. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. Volume 32 (1), 2017.

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  Christine Beker
Team Leader Christine.Beker@op.ac.nz

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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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Ellen Morland
Senior Lecturer Ellen.Morland@op.ac.nz

Fran Rae
Lecturer Fran.Rae@op.ac.nz

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  Glenys Ker
Advanced Facilitator Glenys.Ker@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 NZ's independent learning pathways. 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 also works in the field of elite sports, supporting athletes to think about "life during and after sport". She also teaches in the School of Social Services in the Career Practice stream. Her doctoral research is in adult learning and independent learning pathways and professional practice qualifications. However she continues to undertake research around transformational learning and facilitator effectiveness.

Field(s) of Expertise
Education, Management and Leadership, Elite Sports Performance, Career Development, Independent Learning, Experiential Learning, Work-Based Learning, Adult Learning
Doctorate 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 Australia, Dip Tchg, Diploma in Commerce – Christchurch College of Education.

Publications and Research

Ker, G. (2018) Facilitating/Mentoring for Transformation Capable Professional Practice Symposium, 11 December, Otago Polytechnic.

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  Jade Morgan
Lecturer Jade.Morgan@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.O's (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).

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  Jean Gordon
Lecturer Jean.Gordon@op.ac.nz

Jean Gordon MAppLng TESOL, GCTLT, BA, BEd, Dip Tch, TESOL Cert, Cert Sustainable Practice, Cert Mata A Ao Maori, National Cert Hort Level 4. 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.

Jean's office is situated in H616 Forth Street She currently works part time as a lecturer for
The English Language Centre, and also works for Architecture Building and Engineering co teaching the English component of the year long Certificate in English for Engineering course.

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Senior Lecturer Katrina.LeCong@op.ac.nz

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Matt Lambeth
Lecturer Matthew.Lambeth@op.ac.nz

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  Michael Goodliffe
Lecturer Michael.Goodliffe@op.ac.nz

Michael joined the English Language Programme in 2015 and has since worked on three Summer Schools and several short courses as well as Level 2, 3 and 4. 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.

Michelle Ashbury
Senior Lecturer Michelle.Ashbury@op.ac.nz

Morag Cunningham
Lecturer Morag.Cunningham@op.ac.nz

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Rachel Dibble
Lecturer Rachel.Dibble@op.ac.nz

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Rea Stout
Lecturer Rea.Stout@op.ac.nz

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Stephanie Revell
Senior Lecturer Stephanie.Revell@op.ac.nz

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Aaron Blaker
Team Leader Aaron.Blaker@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 person's living and working circumstances. I see teaching as a science and an art-form, and a social service.

When I'm 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.

That's enough of me. Welcome to the English Language Centre, where we do all we can to help you to 'find your way.'

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

  Harriet Walsh
Programme Leader Harriet.Walsh@op.ac.nz

Harriet Walsh is Team Leader and Senior 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.

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  Jenny Rudd
Principal Lecturer Jenny.Rudd@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
Principal Lecturer Judy.Magee@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.

Judy's qualifications include a BSc, DipTchg (Tert), NZCS, and Cert TESOL.

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  Margaret McKenzie-Davidson
Associate Professor Margaret.McKenzie@op.ac.nz

Margaret is the Graduate Diploma in Social Services Leader teaching the generic papers in the programme , and also teaches in Year 3 of the Bachelor of Social Services programme. She also supports and mentors research and 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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Support Staff

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Andrea Russell
Lecturer Andrea.Russell@op.ac.nz

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Bev Dickson
Lecturer Beverley.Dickson@op.ac.nz

  Trixie van der Poel
Senior Lecturer Trixie.Campbell@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.