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Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Daniel Schreier

Where have you come from and what do you teach?
I am based at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I teach courses on synchronic English linguistics. My area of specialisation is language variation and change, the diffusion of English varieties around the world and the sociolinguistics of English as a world language.

Dani in his office at UC

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
The New Zealand Institute for Language Brain & Behavior (NZILBB) is a globally renowned research institution. What interests me most here is the unparalleled database on New Zealand English, containing the speech of hundreds of New Zealanders born between the late 1850s (literally off the boat) and the early 21st century.  This gives linguists a fantastic opportunity to analyse new dialect formation and ongoing language change over a period of more than 150 years and has been instrumental in modelling complex contact-based change mechanisms.

There is also a personal dimension: I spent my post-doc here, working on the Origins of  New Zealand English project, so have been in contact with my colleagues here, particularly Professor Jen Hay, for more than 15 years.   I have always wanted to come back and experience first-hand how the project has developed.

What have you been doing at UC?
I completed two major editorial projects: the Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes and a volume on contact patterns involving English and Spanish, two of the major world languages (also with Cambridge University Press). Moreover, I finalised a journal article, which is published next year, and finished draft versions of two more.

Together with my colleague, Dr. Lynn Clark, I taught a course on the history of the English language, which was quite challenging as we decided to teach it backwards, starting in 2030. I also gave a few guest lectures and held a publishing workshop for the benefit of doctoral and post-doctoral students, sharing my insights as editor of the journal English World-Wide (Amsterdam: Benjamins).

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
I really enjoyed the amiable and friendly atmosphere at the Department, which has shown me clearly that first-class research and a spirit of collegiality go hand in hand. I have learnt a lot in terms of corpus compilation and handling and benefited from discussions with my colleagues and also my teaching experiences here. Plus, I had almost forgotten what a stunningly beautiful country Aotearoa New Zealand is – I will keep fond memories of my trips to the West Coast, Kaikōura and the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park!

Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Gyan Nyaupane

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?

I am a professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, USA, where I regularly teach undergraduate and graduate level courses on tourism and community development. Some of the courses I teach include sustainable tourism, international tourism, tourism planning, and critical issues in community development.

LEFT: Professor Nyaupane visiting Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?

It was my host Dr Girish Prayag in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, who I have known for many years, who introduced me the Erskine Programme. I did my Master’s at Lincoln University and lived in Christchurch for some time. I have been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to revisit New Zealand with my family after 19 years and work with the internationally accomplished faculty at UC.

What have you been doing at UC?

I have been co-teaching a course, “Sustainable Tourism Enterprises and Destinations.” My section of the course covers sustainability issues and challenges of managing tourism destinations and solutions. I covered several topics, including climate change, carbon footprint, green behaviour, green marketing, and quality assurance tools. I have also contributed to the Business Research Methods course. I have been working with faculty members in the UC Business School on organizational resilience. I delivered a seminar to faculty and post-graduate students on Appreciative Inquiry, a participatory action research tool.  The seminar was based on the two research projects conducted in Nepal and the USA to comprehend the interrelationships among conservation, livelihood, and tourism development in rural communities.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?

I have enjoyed being part of the UC community. The staff in the department were very welcoming and friendly. The Erskine Programme provided me the opportunity to meet and connect with so many established and emerging scholars and students at UC. I really enjoyed having hallway conversations with everyone in the department. It’s a beautiful campus, and my family and I went for a walk around the campus almost every day.