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Prior to coming to New Zealand, I taught mathematics and coached football at Millfield School, a private school focused on sport excellence in the UK. I then managed events at one of the UKs leading health and fitness centres, and later for a consultancy firm in Wellington.
Teaching and Research
I came to Massey in 1994, to join the Sport Management & Coaching program, which at the time was new and unique in the New Zealand tertiary sector. My teaching has focused on event management, coaching and leading the sport management and coaching professional development practicum. My research has focused on sport management education, event management, coach education and outdoor experiential education. I have subsequenly received the following research, teaching and serivce awards
At Massey, I led the development of the Sport@Massey initiative in 2016 and chaired the Applied Learning Special Interest Panel in 2012. I have also been on a number of sport, teaching and college committees. Externally, I have been vice president of the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE) from 2010 to 2016, organising conferences at Massey University in 2010 and 2015. NZACE is an organisation promoting work-integrated learning. As vice president of the Manawatu Triathlon Club from 2004 to 2014, I have managed a range of major community and national events, particulalrly a successful kids triathlon series, which now has some 750 kids participating each wekk over summer. My ongoing involvement/ qualifications in football coaching has been at national, regional, academy, and community levels.
Professor Andy Martin has coordinated the work-based experiential learning practicum program in Sport Management for the past two decades. In 2018 he received a national tertiary teaching award for ‘sustained excellence’. He was awarded an Academic Fellowship in 2012, to lead the development of the University’s Applied Learning strategy and has been part of the Sport@Massey development team. He has also been recognised with university awards for distinction in both research and teaching. Andy is co-author of ‘Legends in Black’ (2014), a best-selling text on why the All Blacks win.
My Applied Learning research is related to Sport Management Education, Coach & Physical Education, Outdoor Experiential Education, Work Integrated Experiential Education. This research has involved international collaboration, for example, with Outward Bound, an organisation focused on developing people, developing teams.
As a visiting professor at Charles University, Faculty of Physical Education & Sport, Prague, over the past ten years, I have worked with staff and PhD students on cross cultural outdoor experiential education research and publications. I am on the editorial boards/ reviewer for the Australian & Czech Journals of Outdoor Education, along with the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning
I was vice-president of the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education, 2011-2016 (promoting research & best practice in work integrated learning), organizing the 2010 conference at Masseys Institute of Sport & Rugby. In 2015, I organised the conference at the Massey University campus in Wellington and also the 2019 conference at Te Papa in Wellington
In 2008, I was the lead researcher for Massey on a collaborative Applied Learning project involving tertiary educational institutions, funded by the New Zealand Teaching & Learning Research Initiative, and subsequently projects funded in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017 & 2018 by Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence).
Postgraduate Reseach Supervison
I have supervised, and am interested in supervising, PhD and masters applied research in the following areas
Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Education (130000): Other Education (139900): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)
Work Integrated Learning
Organization Culture & Leadership
Outward Bound, an organisation focused on developing people, developing teams