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Professor Noeline Alcorn (nee Queree) QSO


Inducted 2012
Student at Marsden 1948 (Std 3/Year 5) – 1956 (UVI/Year 13)


Receives this award in recognition of her expertise in educational policy, educational research and her leadership in teacher and principal education at tertiary and secondary levels. She also has a long-time interest in children’s literature.

Having completed degrees at Victoria and Canterbury Universities, Noeline taught English and History in a variety of New Zealand secondary schools before completing her doctoral studies at the University of California. On returning to New Zealand she joined the staff of Auckland Teachers College in a variety of roles, moving on to the University of Auckland and then in 1992 to the University of Waikato as the Dean of the School of Education, and now is Emeritus Professor at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at Waikato. 

Noeline’s interest and support of academic staff can be found in all levels of education, be it tertiary where she chairs the Tertiary Teaching excellence awards, or at secondary level advising principals and promoting excellence in policy and practice to enhance their students’ learning. Her advice on educational leadership and administration is sought after and she is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. 

Noeline has mentored many university students to the completion of their doctorates supporting, guiding and inspiring them to success.  She has published widely on school principalship, action research, evidence based practice and children’s literacy.

Noeline has been awarded a QSO, the Suffrage Medal, she is a life member of the Auckland University Principals Centre and a Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Leadership and Administration Society. In the past she has chaired the NZ Council for Educational research and the PBRF Evaluation for Education.

Education has long been Noeline’s passion. “Education is so important to the future of the country……..It affects every child in the country and every family in the country.”