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List of Heads of Departments (HODs)

Last Modified: Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Academic Division

Name Position Section / Department / School / Division
Associate Professor P A Cragg Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
Associate Professor B K Daniel Head HEDC

Otago Business School (Division of Commerce)

Name Position Section / Department / School / Division
Professor R Gauld Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Commerce
Professor J Zhang Head Department of Accountancy and Finance
Professor R Peeters Head Department of Economics
Professor H T Regenbrecht Head Department of Information Science
Associate Professor F J Edgar Head Department of Management
Professor M Thyne Head Department of Marketing
Professor B Lovelock Head Department of Tourism
Mr I Lafferty Director Executive Programmes

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Division of Health Sciences

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

Faculty of Dentistry

Professor M Morgan Dean Faculty of Dentistry
Dr P Cathro Head Oral Rehabilitation
Associate Professor G Tompkins Head Oral Sciences
Professor D Tong Head Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
Professor W Duncan Director Sir John Walsh Research Institute

Otago Medical School

Professor R Subramaniam Dean Otago Medical School

School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor B I Hyland Dean School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor L Matisoo-Smith Head Department of Anatomy
Professor S McCormick Head Department of Biochemistry
Professor G M Cook Head Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor M Glass Head Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor F J McDonald Head Department of Physiology

Research Infrastructure  Group

Ms C Gallop Research Infrastructure Manager Operations
Mr S W Rhodes Head Biomedical Research Facility
Dr K L Reader Otago Micro and Nanoscale Imaging
Dr K Reader Otago Genomics Facility
Dr T Kleffman Operations Manager Centre for Protein Research

University of Otago, Christchurch

Professor D R Murdoch Dean University of Otago, Christchurch
Dr S King Head Department of Anaesthesia
Dr B Hudson 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 S Day Head Department of Paediatrics
Professor M A Kennedy Head Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science
Professor G Abel Head Department of Population Health
Professor R J Porter Head Department of Psychological Medicine
Professor A Butler Head Radiology (Section)
Associate Professor T W Eglinton Head Department of Surgery
Associate Professor Seaton Head Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus

Professor R Subramaniam Dean Otago Medical School
Associate Professor L C Anderson Head Bioethics Centre
Dr C Atmore Head Department of General Practice and Rural Health
Associate Professor M Schultz Head Department of Medicine
Professor A Rich Head Department of Pathology
Professor R Hancox Head Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Dr Tess Patterson Head Department of Psychological 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 W M M Levack Dean University of Otago, Wellington
Associate Professor P D Larsen Head Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia
Associate Professor P D Larsen Head Department of Radiation Therapy
Professor A Ranta Head Department of Medicine
Associate Professor S Filoche 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
Associate Professor S Every-Palmer Head Department of Psychological Medicine
Professor L N Signal Head Department of Public Health

School of Pharmacy

Professor S Hook Dean School of Pharmacy

School of Physiotherapy

Professor L A Hale Dean School of Physiotherapy

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Division of Humanities

Name Position Section / Programme / School / Division
Professor J Palmer Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Humanities

University of Otago College of Education

Professor J K Smith Dean College of Education

Faculty of Law

Professor S Griffiths Dean Faculty of Law
Dr B Toy-Cronin Director Centre for Legal Issues
Associate Professor N Taylor Director Children's Issues Centre
Associate Professor C Gavaghan Director Emerging Technologies

School of Arts

Professor T Cooper Head School of Arts

Programmes and Centres

Professor L McIlvanney Director Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies
Dr G McIntyre Head Classics
Dr H Hatfield Head English and Linguistics
Professor M Seymour Head History
Dr A Alm Head Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor Z Weber Head Philosophy
Revd Associate Professor C Holmes Head Theology
Professor D Tombs Director Centre for Theology and Public Issues

School of Geography

Professor E Nel Head School of Geography
Associate Professor C Orchiston Director Centre for Sustainability

School of Performing Arts

Professor A Ritchie Head School of Performing Arts

Programmes and Centres

Ms J Cattermole Head Music
Dr S Little Head Theatre

School of Social Sciences

Professor W Sweetman Head School of Social Sciences

Programmes and Centres

Dr T Thomas Head Archaeology
Dr B Nicholls Head Media, Film and Communication
Associate Professor B Roper Head Politics
Dr J Shaver  Head Religion
Dr G Rawlings Head Social Anthropology
Associate Professor N Atwool Head Social and Community Work
Professor C Brickell Head Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology
Professor R Jackson Director National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

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

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Division of Sciences

Name Position Section / Department / School / Division
Professor R Barker Pro-Vice-Chancellor Division of Sciences
Professor R Barker Head Clothing and Textile Programme
Associate Professor J Bering Head Centre for Science Communications
Associate Professor Orlovich Head Department of Botany
Professor K Gordon Head Department of Chemistry
Professor B J McCane Head Department of Computer Science
Professor I Oey Head Department of Food Science
Associate Professor A R Gorman Head Department of Geology
Associate Professor L Houghton Head Department of Human Nutrition
Professor M Lamare Head Department of Marine Science
Associate Professor S J Wakes Head Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Associate Professor C Button Dean School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Professor P B Blakie Head Department of Physics
Professor J Halberstadt Head Department of Psychology
Professor C Hulbe Dean School of Surveying
Professor G Closs Head Department of Zoology


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