Remembering Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere te kārohirohi I mua I tōu huarahi

May the calm be widespread
May the ocean glisten as greenstone
May the shimmer of lights ever dance across your pathway

Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development staff and students are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Kathleen Quinlivan.

Kathleen was an alumna of the Christchurch Teachers College, and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), where she completed both her Masters and PhD.

She was an engaged and engaging English teacher for many years, who sought to instill in her students a critical mind and self-assurance of their capability to make a difference in the world.

She joined UC after completing her doctorate and had a distinguished twenty-year career as an internationally-recognised researcher in sexuality education, and an enthusiastic member of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

The culmination of her career was her 2018 sole-authored book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People: Theories in Practice, published by Palgrave McMillan. This built on the foundation of her previous two coedited collections in the field, as well multiple book chapters and journal articles.

Moreover, she was a highly respected and sought after post-graduate supervisor, and a dynamic and inspiring lecture across multiple programmes. Throughout her career at UC, Kathleen made substantive contributions to programme quality enhancement and university committees through her varied academic leadership roles.

We feel very proud to have hosted a Festschrift celebration for Kathleen earlier in January, celebrating her academic contributions to the international community of sexuality scholars.
To read about this event, click here.

Professor Quinlivan was a taonga, a gift to us as scholar, teacher, friend and colleague. We will miss her deeply.

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor||Amorangi Taupua
College of Education, Health & Human Development||Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

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