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New Dean At University of Waikato

Published: Fri 3 Nov 2006 11:30 AM
University Of Waikato School Of Education Appoints New Dean
Professor Alister Jones has been appointed as the new Dean of Waikato University’s School of Education.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Roy Crawford described the appointment of Professor Jones as ‘an exciting development for the School and the University’.
"Professor Jones is an outstanding scholar and an experienced and innovative administrator. He has a substantial research record in New Zealand and internationally and is well-placed to lead the School and help the University achieve its Vision."
Currently Alister is the Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research and was the Director of the University’s Centre for Science and Technology Research. He has managed and directed research projects that have informed policy and curriculum and teacher development in New Zealand and overseas.
Alister’s main area of interest is science and technology education and he was the principal author of the NZ Technology Curriculum document. In 2000, he was awarded the NZ Science and Technology Medal for his significant contribution to the development of technology education both nationally and internationally.
As well as being a research professor, he has considerably teaching experience and has worked with teachers to explore ways of enhancing learning. He was instrumental in establishing the Biotechnology Learning Hub and has chaired various committees and produced numerous publications, conference papers and presentations.
In his new role Alister aims to further develop the School of Education’s international reputation for teaching and research leadership.
“The work over the last 10 years has seen significant progress being made towards a School of Education which can be considered to be moving towards the top internationally. This work can be consolidated and moved forward to highlight our world-class teaching and research,” he says.
As well as growing the School’s postgraduate, e-learning and research culture Alister is committed to biculturalism and strengthening M?ori Education teaching and research within the School. He envisages diversifying the School’s connections locally, nationally and internationally.
Professor Jones will take up his position in February 2007 when the current Dean Noeline Alcorn retires from the position after having served for 14 years.
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