Twenty-six University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne warmly congratulated the new professors when making the announcement today.

The promotions acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the talented group, which covers the breadth of the University’s divisions and campuses.

“Not only do these promotions honour these individuals and shine a light on their work, they underscore the range of academic talent and expertise at Otago.

“I will be following their future teaching, research and service achievements with interest,” Professor Hayne says.

Otago’s promotion process involves thorough evaluation of each individual’s record of contributions to research, teaching, and service to the University and community. It also involves input from international experts in evaluating the candidates’ research contributions.

A further 44 academics are being promoted to Associate Professor and Research Associate Professor.

The promotions take effect from 1 February 2021.

Amongst the 26 new Professors announced at the University of Otago is Faumuina Fa’afetai Sopoaga from our Division of Health Sciences. Fa’afetai is the first Pacific female appointed to a professorial position at the University, and the first Pacific female medical doctor appointed as a professor in Australasia.

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