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List of Heads of Departments (HODs)


Last Modified: Monday, 20 August 2018

Academic Division

Name Position Section/Department/School/Division
Professor V. A. Squire Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
Professor A. Harland Head HEDC

Division of Commerce /Business School HODs

Name Position Section/Department/School/Division
Professor R. Gauld Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Commerce
Professor D. Lont Head Department of Accountancy & Finance
Dr P. Thorsnes Head Department of Economics
Professor H.T. Regenbrecht Head Department of Information Science
Professor S. Grover Head Department of Management
Associate Professor R. Aitken Head Department of Marketing
Professor N. Carr Head Department of Tourism
Mr I. Lafferty Director Executive Programmes

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Division of Health Sciences HODs

Name Position Section/Department/School/Division
Professor P. Crampton Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Health Sciences

Bioethics Centre

Faculty of Dentistry

Acting Dean Professor A. Rich Dean Faculty of Dentistry
Professor K. M. Lyons Head Oral Rehabilitation
Professor W. M. Thomson Head Oral Sciences
Professor A. Rich Head Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
Professor R. D. Cannon Director Sir John Walsh Research Institute

Otago Medical School

Professor P. Crampton Dean Otago Medical School

Otago School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor V. K .Ward Dean Otago School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor L Matisoo-Smith Head Department of Anatomy
Professor C. Day Head Department of Biochemistry
Professor C. W. Ronson Head Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor R. J. Rosengren Head Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor F McDonald Head Department of Physiology
Mr S. W. Rhodes Head Hercus-Taieri Resource Unit

University of Otago, Christchurch

Professor D.R. Murdoch Dean University of Otago, Christchurch
Professor E. A. Shipton Head Department of Anaesthesia
Professor L. J. Toop Head Department of General Practice
Professor R B Gearry Head Department of Medicine
Dr J. E. Gullam Head Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Professor G. J. Hooper Head Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
Professor A. Day Head Department of Paediatrics
Professor S Young Head Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science
Associate Professor G.M. Abel Head Department of Population Health
Professor R. J. Porter Head Department of Psychological Medicine
Professor A. Butler Head Radiology (Section)
Professor F. A. Frizelle Head Department of Surgery
Associate Professor Seaton Head Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

Dunedin School of Medicine

Professor B. J .Taylor Dean Dunedin School of Medicine
Associate Professor L.C. Anderson Head of Department Bioethics Centre
Professor T. Stokes Head Department of General Practice and Rural Health
Associate Professor M. Schultz Head Department of Medicine
Professor S. Young Head Department of Pathology
Associate Professor P. Priest Head Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Associate Professor M. Thompson-Fawcett Head Department of Surgical Sciences
Associate Professor M. Stitely Head Department of Women's and Children's Health

University of Otago, Wellington

Professor S. Collings Dean University of Otago, Wellington
Associate Professor P. D. Larsen Head Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia
Professor P. Larsen Head Department of Radiation Therapy
Professor A. Ranta Head Department of Medicine
Professor A. C. Dowell Head Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health
Professor D. E. Elder Head Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Associate Professor D. Kenwright Head Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Dr L.C. McBain Head Department of Primary Healthcare and General Practice
Professor S. E. Romans Acting Head Department of Psychological Medicine
Co-Head of Department of Public Health Department of Public Health
Professor D. Sarfati Head Department of Public Health

School of Pharmacy

Professor C. Marra Dean School of Pharmacy

School of Physiotherapy

Professor L. A. Hale Dean School of Physiotherapy

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Division of Humanities HODs

Name Position Section/Department/School/Division
Professor A. Ballantyne Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Humanities

Faculty of Law

Professor J. Palmer Dean Faculty of Law

School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

Associate Professor L. Paterson Dean Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

University of Otago College of Education

Professor G.R. Notman Dean College of Education


Professor R. Walter Head Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Dr S. McConnell Acting Head Department of Classics
Dr S. Rogers Head Department of English
Professor M Thompson-Fawcett Head Department of Geography
Associate Professor M. Seymour Acting Head Department of History and Art History
Associate Professor P. Voci Head Department of Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor C. Fowler Head Department of Media, Film and Communication
Professor S. Young Head Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts
Professor M. LeBuffe Head Department of Philosophy
Professor J. Hayward Head Department of Politics
Associate Professor C. Brickell Head Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work
Associate Professor W Sweetman Head Department of Theology and Religion


Associate Professor N. Taylor Director Children's Issues Centre
Dr J. Stephenson Director Centre for Sustainability
Professor D. Tombs Director Centre for Theology and Public Issues
Professor R. Jackson Director National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Division of Sciences HODs

Name Position Section/Department/School/Division
Professor R. Barker Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Sciences
Associate Professor S. Wakes Head Centre of Materials Science and Technology
Associate Professor J Bering Head Centre for Science Communications
Associate Professor Orlovich Head Department of Botany
Professor K. Gordon Head Department of Chemistry
Professor M. Albert Head Department of Computer Science
Professor I. Oey Head Department of Food Science
Professor J. D. White Head Department of Geology
Associate Professor L Houghton Head Department of Human Nutrition
Professor S. Dawson Head Department of Marine Science
Professor R.E.L. Aldred Head Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Associate Professor C. Button Dean School of Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Sciences
Professor C. Rodger Head Department of Physics
Professor M. W. Colombo Head Department of Psychology
Professor C. Hulbe Dean School of Surveying
Professor G. Closs Head Department of Zoology


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