Anne Noble - Distinguished Professor — 02.04.13

Congratulations to Laureate Anne Noble who has just been named as one of three Massey University new Distinguished Professors.

Photographer Anne Noble, food scientist Harjinder Singh and sociologist Paul Spoonley have been awarded the title of Massey University Distinguished Professors.


The award is the highest academic title the University offers and is normally bestowed on up to 15 professors who have achieved "outstanding international eminence in their fields". They were confirmed in writing by Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey. Formal presentations will be made later this year.

Wellington-based Distinguished Professor Noble is the College of Creative Arts principal research adviser and she is the first woman from Massey and the first academic from her college to hold the title.

The selection process for distinguished professors involves nomination by a pro vice-chancellor (one of the heads of the five colleges) at the Vice-Chancellor's invitation. A selection committee is then convened and chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. There are now nine distinguished professors. The other six are: Bill Tunmer from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Gaven Martin, Paul Moughan, David Penny, Paul Rainey and Peter Schwerdtfeger from the College of Science.