Press Release: University of
Friday, 6 November 2015, 4:29 pm
Outstanding Otago academics made full
Seventeen University of Otago academics-across a spectrum of
research fields-have been promoted to full professor.
At Otago, full professorships are conferred only after a
rigorous selection process that thoroughly evaluates academic
quality and involves input from international experts.
Candidates must have demonstrated records of sustained
excellence and outstanding leadership in research, teaching, and
service to the University and their external communities. The
promotion criteria at Otago are particularly rigorous.
Announcing the new professorships, Vice-Chancellor Professor
Harlene Hayne warmly congratulated the 17 Otago staff on their
"These well-earned promotions are going to leading academics
from across our Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses and
clearly reflect the range and depth of world-class scholarship at
Otago's new professors are: Colin Brown (Physiology), Peter
Dearden (Biochemistry), Claire Freeman (Geography), Jonathan Hall
(Classics), Patricia Langhorne (Physics), Derelie Mangin (General
Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch), Sally McCormick
(Biochemistry), Tony Merriman (Biochemistry), David O'Hare
(Psychology), Holger Regenbrecht (Information Science), Poia Rewi
(Te Tumu), Jacinta Ruru (Law), Diana Sarfati (Public Health,
Wellington), Abigail Smith (Marine Science), Darryl Tong (Oral
Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences), James White (Geology), Nicholas
Wilson (Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington).
The academics take up their new titles from 1 February 2016.