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Divisional Office Staff Roles

    Professor Tony Ballantyne (Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Te Manukura)

    Main duties: Executive and academic leadership of the Division of Humanities.

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    Dr Sophie Bond (Associate Dean Graduate Studies)

    Main duties: Admission to postgraduate study programmes; advice to academic staff and postgraduate students about postgraduate programmes.

    Dr Sophie Bond is Associate Dean Graduate Studies until 30 November 2018.

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    Associate Professor Tim Cooper (Associate Dean Academic)

    Main duties: Admission to undergraduate study programmes; advice to academic staff and undergraduate students about undergraduate programmes.

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    Associate Professor James Maclaurin (Associate Dean Research)

    Responsible for offering strategic advice and support on the enhancement of research culture and productivity in the Division of Humanities.

    Support includes:

    • Offering strategic advice, with the assistance of the Divisional Research Committee, on the enhancement of research culture and productivity to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities
    • Supporting research activities of academic staff in the Division with the assistance of the Research Advisor Humanities
    • At the University level, representing the Division in various processes of research-related decision making.

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    Anaru Eketone (Associate Dean Māori – Manupiki Māori)

    Tēnei te Manupiki Māori ka mihi.
    Tēnei hoki ka whai kia whanake te whaitake me te aronga ki ngā uaratanga iwi, kaupapa Māori

    This role has three major platforms:

    • Advancing the values and aspirations of Māori within the Division of Humanities,
    • Developing the value of their knowledge, pedagogies and epistemologies within the core business of the Division, and
    • Assisting Humanities departments implement the Māori Strategic Framework.

    Anaru Eketone, Associate Dean Māori – Manupiki Māori

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    Dr Patrick Vakaoti (Associate Dean Pacific)

    The Associate Dean Pacific provides academic leadership in Pacific development in the Division of Humanities, and works with Heads of Department, departmental Pacific Islands Support staff and staff who provide leadership in Pacific research.

    The key aims of the role are to:

    • provide advice on implementation of Pacific Strategic Framework goals
    • to support the development of our Pacific staff
    • and to foster awareness of postgraduate and staff research that extends and deepens Pacific knowledge.

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    Dr Anna High (Interim Associate Dean International)

    The Associate Dean International provides support and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Heads of Department and academic staff on international academic developments, with the aim of developing and growing international connections and collaborations by ensuring the Division is using its international networks and relationships well.

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    Niky Hunt (Senior Manager, Client Services)

    Niky’s role involves leading and managing the provision of professional business and operations support services to the Division. She works with other Client Services Managers to ensure consistent work processes and procedures are implemented across the Division and University.

    If a department has any special projects or requires additional administrative support for any reason, please contact her.

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    Mobile 021 278 8673

    Lead Administrators

    Ross Blanch

    Tel +64 3 479 8746

    Marlene Robertson

    Tel +64 3 479 4995

    Michelle Daniel

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    Quentin Johnson, Manager, Divisional Finances

    Quentin manages and provides expert financial advice, analysis and support to the Division of Humanities and the Otago Business School. He works with other Divisional Finance Managers to ensure that consistent financial processes and procedures are implemented across Divisions and the University.

    If a department has any special financial projects or requires specialist financial analysis and support, please contact him.

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    Finance Manager and Associates

    Graham Arnold, Finance Manager

    Tel +64 3 479 8638

    Louise Freeman, Finance Associate

    Tel +64 3 479 8968

    Campbell Geary, Finance Associate

    Tel +64 3 479 8140

    Anna Gordon, Finance Associate

    Tel +64 3 479 4940

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    Carol Forbes (Specialist Academic Committee and Services)

    This position is embedded in the Division of Humanities; Carol reports to the Division of Student and Academic Services.

    • Advising & preparation of academic proposals
    • Servicing Humanities & University committees
    • Assist with Annual reporting, GYR & External moderation processes
    • Course variations for Humanities programmes

    Tasks Carol continues to help with during the SSR transitional period

    • Course advising
    • Course approval
    • Degree planning
    • PG Programme admissions
    • HUMS 301/401 administration

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    Tony Cooper (Student Adviser)

    Responsible for providing course advice about qualifications to staff and undergraduate students, and for advice and administration for student exchange programmes.

    Support includes:

    • Providing course advice and problem solving for staff and undergraduate students on qualifications and academic requirements  
    • Assessing and granting academic credits including transfer and exchange credit
    • Advising, liaising and administering all aspects of the Student Exchange Learning Agreements as the Humanities Divisional representative for the student exchange programmes.

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    Ana Rangi (Kaiāwhina Māori, Māori Student Support Officer)

    The Kaiāwhina Māori supports Māori students within Te Kete Aronui (Humanities).

    Support includes:

    • Liaising with academic departments and student services
    • Working alongside the Humanities’ Associate Dean (Māori) to advance Māori development within the Division.

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    More information on Māori Student Support in the Division of Humanities.

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    Inano Walter (Pacific Islands Students' Support Officer)

    The Pacific Islands Students' Support Officer supports Pacific Islands students within Te Kete Aronui (Humanities).

    Support includes

    • Liaising with academic departments and support services with any issues or concerns relating to students and their course of study  
    • Helping to facilitate access to pastoral care, student services and course advice within the university

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    More information on Pacific Students Support in the Division of Humanities.

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    Kim Wainscott (Executive Officer)

    Responsible for executive assistance to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. 

    Support includes:

    • Assisting with Human Resources processes such as annual performance reviews and Chair appointments
    • Acting as secretary for Heads of Department meetings, the Divisional Research Committee, the Māori and Pacific Islands Advisory Board and other working groups
    • Providing advice and administration for the Research and Study Leave process for academic staff.

    For Humanities Research and Study Leave enquires email:

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    Wendy Adam (Adviser Marketing Services, Humanities)

    Wendy is the key point of contact for marketing for the Division of Humanities. Her role is to facilitate strategic marketing planning, and provide marketing advice to managers and staff within the Division to strengthen their marketing efforts.

    Wendy works collaboratively with the wider University Marketing Services teams, such as Events, Design, Publications and Web Services to ensure marketing strategies are delivered.

    She works alongside the Division’s Communications Adviser to help provide a coordinated service for managers and staff in the Division.

    Tel +64 3 479 5997 or 021 279 5997

    Sam Stevens (Communications Adviser, Humanities)

    Tel +64 3 479 8143
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    Tushar Robins (Web Coordinator and Marketing Administrator)

    The Web Coordinator and Marketing Administrator is the first point of contact in the Division for questions and help about websites and information sheets.

    Support includes

    • Updating and maintaining the Divisional office website and the Otago Fellows website
    • Working in collaboration with Web Services to help departments, research centres and research groups with the development and maintenance of their websites
    • Helping departments create and update information sheets, posters and other promotional material
    • Collaborating with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for marketing, communications and promotional activities.

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    Aggie O'Leary and Shona Paterson (Administrator Client Services)

    Aggie and Shona are the first point of contact for the Divisional Office, providing administration services and coordination of day-to-day support services to students, staff and visitors.

    Aggie O'Leary - mornings
    Shona Paterson - afternoons

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