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ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Brooke Harrington from Copenhagen Business School,  Denmark, arrrived 11 July and will be teaching in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Assistant Professor Sarah Smits-Bandstra from University of Toronto, Canada, arrived 13 July and will be teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing
  • Associate Professor Carolyn Baylor from University of Washington, USA, arrived 13 July and will be teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Associate Professor Chad Navis from Clemson University, USA, arrived 13 July and will be teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
  • Dr Paul Matthews from University of Georgia, USA, arrived 13 July and will be teaching in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership
  • Dr Scott Morrison from Oxford Brookes University, UK, arrived 15 July and will be teaching in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Dr Krista Malott from Villanova University, USA, arrived 15 July and will be teaching in the Department of Health Sciences
  • Professor Keith Martin from Royal Holloway University of London, arrived 15 July and will be teaching in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Dr Katharine McKinnon from La Trobe University, Australia, arrived 20 July and will be teaching in the Department of Geography

Welcome to all our visitors and their families. We hope you enjoy your time here at UC!

ERSKINE PROGRAMME ARRIVALS FOR JULY

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Meeghan Gray from Truckee Meadows College, USA, arrived 1 July and will be teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Sudesh Mishra from University of the South Pacific, Fiji, arrived 7 July and will be teaching in the Department of English
  • Associate Professor John Finke from University of Washington, USA, arrived 8 July and will be teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Associate Professor Jorge Gomes from Lisbon School of Economics and Management, arrived 9 July and will be teaching in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing
  • Associate Professor Pedro Reyes from Baylor University, USA, arrived 10 July and will be teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

We wish all our visitors and their families the very best for their stay.

ERSKINE PROGRAMME VISITOR PROFILE

Associate Professor Christopher Johnson has joined us from the University of Wisconsin in the USA.

Christopher and his family enjoying Aotearoa New Zealand

Where you have come from and what do you teach?
I am on the faculty of computer science at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I regularly teach courses on programming languages, game development, and web design. At UC, I am teaching a 400-level course on mobile app development. In this course we write software that integrates into daily life. Our apps sense the physical world through various sensors, manage our media, and keep us connected to friends.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
My wife and I have four sons. The oldest is 10 and the youngest is 3. Before they became too entrenched in life back home, we wanted them to see how much larger the world is. A retired colleague of mine is a former Erskine Fellow, and I regularly read the blogs he kept during his several visits. Because of him, applying to be an Erskine Fellow seemed like a natural thing to do.

What have you been doing at UC?
Like many folks on sabbatical, I have been amazed at how I can make even a single course occupy my time and attention. I suppose this is what happens when you enjoy your field. I have also been able to devote some time to several projects designed to facilitate “computational making.” These projects embed computer science concepts in the context of constructing 3D models or 2D sketches that can be submitted to 3D printers and laser cutters. My hope is use these tools to empower users of makerspaces to fabricate their own objects while learning about math and computer science.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
My department has been a very welcoming community. Every day my colleagues congregate in the tea room and share the stuff of life. A small group meets daily at lunch to complete a cryptic crossword. They have taken me under their wing, helping me put R before E and S instead of Z. My family and I have gotten out on the trails as much as possible to soak up the beauty. During term break we made it down to Milford Sounds. On a trip to Hinewai Reserve in Akaroa, we learned that our two youngest sons get carsick. Each Saturday my oldest son and I run Parkrun in North Hagley Park and come home by way of the Riccarton Bush market. We will miss this community.

 

ERSKINE PROGRAMME ARRIVALS FOR APRIL

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Hezy Ram from Ram Energy Inc, Israel, arrived 25 April and will be teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Duncan James from Fordham University, USA, arrived 26 April and will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance
  • Associate Professor Karen Green from the University of Melbourne, Australia, arrived 27 April and will be teaching in the Department of Psychology
  • Associate Professor Vinaya Channapatna Manchaiah from Lamar University, USA, arrived 28 April and will be teaching in the Department of Communication Disorders
  • Associate Professor Harry Nelson from the University of British Columbia, Canada, arrived 28 April and will be teaching in the School of Forestry

We wish all our visitors and their families the very best for their stay.

Erskine Programme Arrivals for March

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following  Visiting Erskine Fellows to UC:

  • Professor David Boje and Emeritus Professor Grace Rosile from New Mexico State University, USA arrived 1 March and will be teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (Joint Fellowship);
  • Professor Peter Kotanen from the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada arrived 3 March and will be teaching in the School of Biological Sciences;
  • Associate Professor Anna Mitchell from the University of Oxford, UK arrived 4 March and will be teaching in the Department of Psychology;
  • Professor Glen Van Brummelen from Quest University, Canada will arrive 9 March and will be teaching in the School of Mathematics and Statistics; and
  • Emeritus Professor Victor Gosbell from the University of Wollongong, Australia will arrive 11 March and will be teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

We wish all our visitors and their families the very best for their stay.