Thirteen new professors promoted at UC
02 December 2021
Promotion to the rank of Professor is a significant accomplishment, recognising academics who work at the forefront of their discipline with sustained excellence in teaching, research, and engagement with communities.
The University of Canterbury values academics who are outstanding intellectuals in their field, innovative and empathetic teachers, influential and internationally respected researchers, leaders who share their knowledge to benefit communities, and who embrace Mātauranga Māori.
Thirteen academic staff at the University of Canterbury have been promoted to professor in the 2021 round, representing the breadth and depth of expertise across the institution.
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey says each of the new appointments was richly deserved.
“It is with great pleasure we announce these appointments. Each new professor has contributed significantly to new knowledge. They have conducted important research – from their postdoctoral work to their ongoing, world-leading, research. They empower the next generation through their teaching, and they share their knowledge with different groups, from industry partners to interested communities,” she says.
“We are proud of all of our talented academics, and we congratulate our newest professors, who bring considerable mana to themselves and to the University of Canterbury.”
Academics apply for promotion to the rank of professor via a rigorous process. They must provide evidence of excellence and impact in the areas of teaching, research, and service.
Congratulations to the University of Canterbury’s new professors:
Catherine Bishop Mechanical Engineering
Ann Brower School of Earth and Environment
David Conradson School of Earth and Environment
Deirdre Hart School of Earth and Environment
Alex James Mathematics and Statistics
Gregory MacRae Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
Aaron Marshall Chemical and Process Engineering
Donald Matheson School of Language, Social and Political Sciences
Diane Mollenkopf Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
Dirk Pons Mechanical Engineering
Chris Pretty - Mechanical Engineering
Te Maire Tau - Pou Whakarae, Director/Associate Teacher, Ngai Tahu Research Centre
Kevin Watson - School of Language, Social and Political Sciences
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