Welcome to Erskine Fellow Associate Professor Schwartz

As part of the Erskine Programme, we welcome Associate Professor David Schwartz to UC. Professor Schwartz joins us from Israel and shares with us how he is enjoying his time here so far.


  • What is your area of interest?

I’m here from the Graduate School of Business at Bar-Ilan University in Israel where I am Professor of Information Systems. I teach advanced Information Systems course in the MBA program, such as Crowdsourcing, and Advanced Topics in IS.

I also direct the Entrepreneurship program and teach courses in that area including a course on launching lean start-ups. For the past two years I’ve been chairman of the School’s PhD program which includes teaching the PhD seminar attended by all our doctoral students. I lead the Social Intelligence Lab (www.socialintelligencelab.org) and my main research areas are currently cybersecurity with a focus on social media, and mobile healthcare (mHealth) with a focus on the use of social network communities in emergency situations.

  • Why did you choose to come to UC?

I had heard wonderful things about New Zealand and have always wanted to visit. The Erskine Programme, with its outstanding international reputation, presented a wonderful opportunity to spend a whole semester here and develop research collaborations along with contributing to the teaching diversity of UC.

  • What have you been doing at UC?

I’m teaching an undergraduate course INFO353 Contemporary Issues in Information Systems where we are focusing on Crowdsourcing, and leading a graduate course INFO620 on Information Systems Management research. I’ll be presenting an Erskine Seminar in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems on ‘News Censorship in Online Social Networks’ and am also planning a guest lecture on ‘Israel’s High-Tech Industry and its Entrepreneurs – the Startup Nation’, in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

  • What are you most enjoying about your time here?

It’s great interacting with my new colleagues in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems – in particular my host Dr. Annette Mills – and setting the groundwork for future collaboration.

The campus itself is quite lovely and peaceful. Of course a highlight is being in the centre of the South Island and being able to visit so many incredibly beautiful places over the weekends and breaks.

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Is your desk a mess or organised chaos?

Are you struggling to prioritise your work? Do you get distracted by your emails popping up when you are trying to concentrate on something else? Do you procrastinate because you’re not sure where to start? Do you become stressed because you can’t seem to get anything finished?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then you might like to enrol for our Personal Efficiency Programme (PEP).

In this seminar, you will learn tips and techniques for combating ineffective patterns and learn how to prioritise effectively.

Come along if you would like to improve:

  • Work planning and time management
  • Individual planning needs
  • Project/key task planning and management
  • Use of electronic and paper-based diaries
  • Prioritising and scheduling work
  • Linking of project/key task planning to daily activity

PEP also helps with workplace organisation, including:

  • Structuring files and pathways
  • File content
  • Information retention, retrieval and management.

Find out more here.

If this course sounds helpful to you, we have three spaces left, so get in quick. Fill in the registration form here, and email to learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

VC Awards – applications close this Friday

Applications for the VC Awards close this Friday, so if you are attending or presenting at a conference, undertaking specialised training, or even taking part in a staff exchange, then get in quick.


The VC Awards are a chance to be recognised for your interest and upcoming participation in professional development that is exceptional and will benefit you, your team, your department and UC.

For more details and the application criteria for the Awards, please visit the Learning and Development webpage here or apply here.


If you have any questions or comments on this or other professional development opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

Please email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

More Erskine Fellows are welcomed to UC

The Erskine Programme is delighted to welcome more Erskine Visiting Fellows to UC.  Joining us over the next few weeks are:

  • Professor Hugo Corres, teaching into the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain;
  • Professor Narongsak Thongpapanl, teaching into the Department of Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship from Brock University, Canada;
  • Professor Charles Jahren, teaching into the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering from the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, USA; and
  • Professor George Ellis, teaching into the Department of Physics & Astronomy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

We wish them and their families a wonderful time at UC.

Visiting Canterbury Fellow Peter Teasdale speaks 1 August

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management and the Department of Chemistry present visiting Canterbury Fellow Peter Teasdale, Professor, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University.

Peter will talk about his research into new analytical techniques to help improve our understanding of environmental processes and management of contaminants:

Developing new analytical techniques to improve understanding of environmental processes and management of contaminants.

  • When: Monday, 1 August, 12 noon – 1pm
  • Where: Biology Room 275, Biology Building, University of Canterbury

Peter will provide an overview of his recent research and particularly focus on the use of passive sampler devices (PSDs) to investigate environmental variability and biogeochemistry.

The PSDs of interest are the related DET (diffusive equilibrium in thin films) and DGT (diffusive gradients in thin films) techniques. Peter hopes to demonstrate that these techniques can have an important role in environmental monitoring and understanding environmental processes.

If you have any questions relating to the seminar, please contact Suellen Knopick, Waterways: 03 364 2330 or suellen.knopick@canterbury.ac.nz