ASI would like to congratulate Associate Professor Ross Notman, appointed as the next Dean of the University of Otago’s College of Education.
Announcing the deanship appointment, which was made after an international search, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne says that Associate Professor Notman is an excellent selection for the position.
“In selecting a new Dean, we were looking for someone who was an outstanding scholar, who had practical experience with schools, and who shared our vision for a world-class College of Education. Associate Professor Notman meets all of those criteria. I look forward to working with him on a number of exciting initiatives,” Professor Hayne says.
His research interests centre on the personal dimensions of educational leadership and their impact on teaching and learning, with a particular focus on values-based leadership. He also teaches in the College’s undergraduate programmes as well as postgraduate leadership papers at masters and doctoral level.
Associate Professor Notman says he is delighted to be heading the College as it consolidates its place as one of the leading colleges of education in New Zealand.
“Our College is a recognised leader in research, preparing quality early childhood, primary and secondary teachers, primary bilingual teaching, undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Education, and professional learning support for practising teachers.”
“In the immediate future, we are looking to enhance our community relationships with schools in particular, and to build our international programmes in teacher education and leadership,” he says.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) Professor Tony Ballantyne says he is very pleased that Associate Professor Notman is taking on the role.
“Ross Notman is well placed to lead the College in its mission to enhance educational practice through high-quality teaching, scholarship, research, professional leadership and community service,” Professor Ballantyne says.
Associate Professor Notman takes up his position in April 2017 after Professor Lisa Smith completes her term as Dean.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Professor Smith for her able and inclusive leadership of the College since 2012,” Professor Ballantyne says.