New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
New Professors and Associate Professors

AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.

“The quality of our academics’ work and its impact on our graduates, industries and communities is recognised by their peers in New Zealand and around the world, said Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack. “We welcome this year’s appointees to the University’s senior academic ranks and acknowledge their contribution in making AUT one of the world’s best contemporary universities.”

This year, AUT considered three criteria in the professorial promotion round: high quality research, evidence of a sustained and outstanding contribution in teaching, assessment and curriculum design and service to both the University and the community.

New AUT Professors

Professor Nicola Kayes (School of Clinical Sciences) specialises in psychology, rehabilitation, therapeutic relationships and person-centred practice

Professor David Nicolls (School of Clinical Sciences) specialises in physiotherapy, rehabilitation and physio-sociology

Professor Alice Theadom (School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies) specialises in psychology and traumatic brain injury (awareness, treatment and prevention)

Professor Sebastian Leuzinger (School of Science) specialises in ecological impact of climate change and plant ecology

Professor Fabrice Merien (School of Science) specialises in biomedical science, diagnostics, immunology and microbiology

Professor Jun Lu (School of Science and the School of Interprofessional Health) specialises in biomedical science and pharmacology

Professor Lindsey White (School of Science) specialises in marine ecology, shellfish, seaweed, fisheries science and management

Professor Sharon Mazer (Te Ara Poutama) specialises in theatre and performance studies

Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Te Ara Poutama) specialises in popular media and cultural history.

Professor Stephen Reay (School of Art and Design) specialises in design for health and wellbeing

Professor Jairo Gutierrez (School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) specialises in computer networks, information security, and the management of information security

Professor Dave Parry (School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) specialises in health informatics, RFID/autoidentification, ubiquitous computing, data science and HCI

New AUT Associate Professors

Associate Professor Richard Ellis within the School of Clinical Sciences

Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi within the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies

Associate Professor El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo within the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies

Associate Professor Kathrin Bolstad within the School of Science and School of Interprofessional Health

Associate Professor Donnabella Lacap-Bugler within the School of Science

Associate Professor Leon Benade within the School of Education

Associate Professor Shelagh Mooney within the School of Hospitality and Tourism

Associate Professor Paul Mountfort within the School of Languages and Culture

Associate Professor Thomas Cochrane within Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT)

Associate Professor Ella Henry within Te Ara Poutama

Associate Professor Rachel Morrison within the Business School

Associate Professor Crystal Yap within the Business School

Associate Professor Vernon Rive within the Law School

Associate Professor Amanda Yates within the School of Art and Design

Associate Professor Roopak Sinha within the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences