Two Professor Emeriti titles bestowed

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University is proud to announce two Professor Emeriti conferred by the Honorary Awards Committee.

Professors Robyn Munford and Julian Heyes.

Last updated: Wednesday 7 February 2024

Professors Robyn Munford and Julian Heyes have been awarded the titles in recognition of their service to the university.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says the prestigious title of Professor Emerita/Emeritus reflects the excellence achieved throughout their academic journeys.

“Their dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering academic excellence has left an enduring legacy, not only within Massey but in their respective fields. As they transition into this new chapter of their careers, we recognise and celebrate their ongoing connection to our institution. Congratulations and thank you for your lasting influence and unwavering commitment.”

The title of Professor Emeritus/Emerita is conferred on members of the professoriate upon retirement, who have distinguished themselves nationally in their discipline and made exceptional contributions to scholarship or the university, or both. They often maintain a connection with the university, including through short-term contracts, research contracts, supervision of PhD students, mentorship and advice.

College of Health Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Jill McCutcheon recognises Professor Munford's enduring commitment to her discipline and her unwavering encouragement for colleagues, fostering strong connections within and beyond the confines of the university.

“Professor Munford has been a trailblazer and an inspiration to her colleagues through the breadth of her contribution to the professionalisation of social work and to its application through social and community work practice. I am delighted for this acknowledgement of her sustained commitment to her discipline and her support of colleagues within and beyond Massey University, “ she says.

College of Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ray Geor commends Professor Heyes for his significant commitment to exemplary research and notable contributions to postharvest science.

“Professor Heyes has made a remarkable contribution to postharvest science, and his prolific research output and global impact establish him as an expert in the field. I’ve worked with Professor Heyes for several years and this recognition is accompanied by heartfelt congratulations. The College is grateful for his service and commitment to support Sciences at Massey.”

Professor Robyn Munford – School of Social Work

With more than 30 years of outstanding contributions to the discipline, Professor Robyn Munford is a distinguished figure in the field of social work. Recognised for her significant impact, she was honoured with the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002.

Over the past three decades, her focus has centred on collaborating with practitioners in various social service agencies and community settings. This work provides valuable learning opportunities, empowering practitioners to cultivate innovative approaches to working with individuals, families and communities. With an extensive scholarly footprint, Professor Munford's work has garnered approximately 3500 citations.

Professor Munford is not only a leader in academia but is also held in deep respect by her colleagues who regard her as a mentor. Her impact extends beyond research and teaching as she is recognised as an inspiring educator, shaping the minds of future social work professionals.

Professor Julian Heyes – School of Food and Advanced Technology

Professor Julian Heyes, a distinguished academic, earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. His specialised area of expertise lies in postharvest science.

Having authored 67 journal articles, seven book chapters and 54 reviewed conference publications, Professor Heyes’ work has garnered significant recognition with 1930 citations to date. He has been chief- or co-supervisor for 28 completed PhD students who are now working in the New Zealand fresh product sector or at overseas universities.

Professor Heyes has been honoured with a Fellowship from the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences since 2009. He held an Honorary Fellowship at Plant and Food Research from 2012 to 2018. His commitment to the field is further evidenced by his life membership of the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists, a recognition dating back to the year 2000.

Professor Heyes extends his expertise globally as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mataram, Indonesia. He is continuing to review science programmes for industry and governments, to serve on the organising committees of upcoming conferences and to support Massey’s international networks. He plays a pivotal role in ensuring the continuity of strength and expertise in the horticultural sector of New Zealand.

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