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Support Jackie Leckie's employment at the Univ of Otago

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Please sign this petition to join the fight for the continued employment of Associate Professor Jacqueline (Jacqui) Leckie at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

We, the undersigned, call upon University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Tony Ballantyne to:

1.  Continue Jacqui’s employment so that she may continue her excellent work in line with the University’s Pacific and other priorities. This redundancy will be a loss to not only the Pacific community and the university's international reputation but also to the teaching and future of anthropology at Otago.

2.  Re-evaluate the findings of the "Management of Change Process," overseen by Pro Vice-Chancellor of Humanities, historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, and approved and signed off by Vice Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.  We specifically emphasize the following key points:

  • Jacqui’s department combines archaeology and anthropology, but is largely made up of archaeologists. Her dismissal, along with that of another anthropology colleague, leaves the department with a severe imbalance of 6 archaeologists and 2 anthropologists. 
  • Jacqui’s skills heavily align with Otago’s Strategic Planning objectives. Specifically, Otago’s Pacific Strategic Framework seeks to consolidate and expand Otago-Pacific interactions and engagement. It therefore makes no sense to weaken them by removing one of the top Pacific specialists at Otago, and one well respected and very well connected across the region.
  • Jacqui is the most senior level redundancy in the Division so far and has recently completed a 5-year term as Head of Department. The details of her C.V., abbreviated below, show that she is a top performer in teaching, supervision and research output (based on online details provided by her department) - http://www.otago.ac.nz/anthropology/staff/index.html
  • Jacqui’s excellent Research Publications include: 2 monographs, 6 edited books, 7 edited journals, 76 chapters/articles, and 35 other publications, all on topics relevant to the Pacific, New Zealand, and Asia. Most recently she has co-edited, Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters in Asia and the Pacific (Routledge, 2017), and she is currently under contract with University of Hawai`i Press to publish her manuscript, Colonizing Madness in Fiji.
  • Jacqui’s impressive Teaching record includes establishing a suite of courses in Pacific anthropology since her appointment at Otago in 1989, from 100 level to Honours level. In particular, she has established ANTH 205:Contemporary Pacific Cultures; ANTH 316: Labour and Society (high Asia-Pacific content on Anthropology of Work); ANTH 416:Anthropology & Development of the Pacific; and teaches within the Pacific Studies and Indigenous Studies (Te Tumu) programmes and Gender Studies.
  • Jacqui’s stellar record of Postgraduate Supervision, includes 17 PhD completions, 5 current PhDs, 12 MAs, and several Hons across many anthropology topics with specialisations in Pacific, New Zealand, and Asia.
  • Jacqui’s outstanding record of Service and Leadership includes, from 2010-2016, President, Pacific History Association, an interdisciplinary international association with many anthropologists, approximately 200 members and thousands of associates.  In 2016, she received the honor of Elected Life Membership in the Pacific History Association.Other exemplary service roles include: a) 2007–2010, Vice-President, Pacific History Association; b) 1994-2006, Secretary/Treasurer, Pacific History Association. 

3.  Re-evaluate the Management of Change Process at Otago. It has no process of appeal once the process is initiated. Jacqui was given 6 months’ notice and understands that under the Management of Change process she cannot be redeployed elsewhere in the university. Her requests for consideration of phased retirement or partial phased redundancy were rejected. She has been unsuccessful in seeking a continuation of at least two years’ duration.
  
In light of the above-cited information, we, the undersigned, call upon University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Tony Ballantyne to continue Jacqueline Leckie’s employment so that she may continue her excellent work in line with the University’s Pacific and other priorities. 



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