Four Pacific tertiary teachers awarded professional development scholarships
Ako Aotearoa – The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, has awarded four Pacific tertiary staff with scholarships under its inaugural Pacific Professional Development Fund.
The four awardees are:
Dr Iati Iati - Department of Politics, University of Otago
As part of his professional development as a senior lecturer in the department, Iati is earning a law degree at the University of Otago. The law degree will equip him for future research he wishes to conduct, particularly in the Pacific.This scholarship will contribute to the costs of his law studies in 2017.
Vaovasamanaia Meripa Toso - Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland
Meripa will use this scholarship to build on her existing networks in the early childhood education sector and to support her work relating to Pacific learners’ engagement with technology.
Metuamaru Daniel-Atutolu - Faculty of Nursing and Health studies, Manukau Institute of Technology
This professional development activity will contribute towards Metuamaru earning a Masters of Nursing degree (making her the Pacific lecturer currently in her faculty to hold this degree).
Dr Rae Si’ilata - Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland
Rae's research centres on linguistically and culturally responsive teaching and learning for Pasifika learners.
The scholarship will assist Rae to present her research at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto, Canada in 2017.
Ako Aotearoa, in conjunction with its Pacific People’ Caucus, launched the fund in October 2016 to address two key issues:
- support for Pacific staff working in tertiary education organisations into leadership positions through career development.
- building leadership capacity to provide a platform for supporting Pacific learner success.
The fund is open to all Pacific staff working in tertiary education who meet the criteria outlined – visit www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/pacific-fund to find out more.