Four EIT lecturers have been rewarded for their performance and achievements with promotion to the significant position of Principal Academic Staff Member (PASM).
Dr Olivia Maclaren, a Lecturer in the School of Nursing; Tom Pierard, a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology; Dr Chey Dearing, a Lecturer in the School of Nursing; and Adrianna Grogan, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, have all been awarded the academic recognition.
EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins congratulated the four staff members on their promotion, which he said was an academic achievement of note.
“They are academic leaders in their field and this promotion is an acknowledgement of their teaching capabilities and expertise. They are a credit to EIT.”
Jo Blakeley, EIT’s Executive Director, Student and Academic Services, says: “It’s heartening to acknowledge the breadth and diversity of talent of these exceptional educators in this latest round of promotion to Principal Academic Staff Member.”
She says the panel rigorously applies the criteria through its analysis of a portfolio of evidence, external referee statements, and interviews with each applicant. The panel was delighted to receive such strong applications from senior staff who have clearly demonstrated a high level of practical and academic leadership across the Institute required and held strong connections into local communities.
“Tom’s multi-layered approach to composition and music technology consistently produces quality pedagogy research. Adrianna is a consummate professional and has shown excellence in nurse educational practice for 18 years in Tairāwhiti. Olivia is a quiet achiever poised to further develop as an applied researcher in health and sport science. Chey has shown himself to be a life-long learner and academic who re-invented his research niche from health/medical science to that of an applied tertiary education institute in New Zealand.”
Chey says: “It feels very satisfying to have my teaching and my research achievements acknowledged by promotion to PASM.”
“It’s great mentors with expertise in teaching and in research that have helped me get the skills I have. I think everything we do and especially teaching is all about collaboration and my promotion is motivation to keep improving.”
Adrianna says she has been involved in the Bachelor of Nursing Programme for 18 years and has a passion for nursing and nursing education.
“During this time I have always strived to deliver the nursing programme in a way which ensures that our learners are meeting the needs of the community and are work ready.”
“I feel incredibly proud of achieving PASM. It reaffirms that the work I am doing is recognised and inspires me to continue to be involved in the future development of nursing education which meets the ever-changing needs of healthcare in Aotearoa/New Zealand.”
Oliva Maclaren says the promotion to PASM is a wonderful acknowledgement of her teaching and research commitment to EIT.
“I look forward to the ongoing development of my professional practice with Te Pūkenga and into the future.”
Tom says: “I’m very grateful to have been promoted to the PASM position and aim to continue exploring new directions of music research and progressive pedagogy at EIT.”