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.
Head of Department
Head of College
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.
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.
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).
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.
Senior Lecturer Katrina.LeCong@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.
Senior Lecturer Michelle.Ashbury@op.ac.nz
Senior Lecturer Rachel.Dibble@op.ac.nz
Trixie van der Poel
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.
Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors
Head, English Language
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.'
College Operations Coordinator
Emma is avaliable Monday - Friday
College Operations Coordinator
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30-4.30pm
Head, Foundation Learning
Harriet Walsh is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer of Foundation Studies and OSTC- Otago Secondary Tertiary College (Dunedin and Central Otago). She works with the Level 2 and 3 courses teaching Personal Skills Development, Careers as well as co-coordinating work based learning which focuses on getting young people work ready and back into employment. Harriet has a primary teaching background with a Bachelor of Education, and has completed post graduate study in Education. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Team Leader Matthew.Lambeth@op.ac.nz
Head, Human and Community Services firstname.lastname@example.org