Dr Marcia Paula Leenen-Young
BA, MA Hons. PhD (Auckland)
Marcia Leenen-Young is a Professional Teaching Fellow in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. She is of Samoan and Dutch descent and has a PhD in Ancient History. Her research interests include: Pacific pedagogy, Pacific innovation, Pacific history and using her Ancient History background to do inter-disciplinary research within a global context to form new ways of looking at the ancient world through a Pacific lens. She held a CLeaR Fellowship in 2018 and looked at the concept of learning to learn for undergraduate Pacific students. She has a background in Māori and Pacific student support, and has previous worked as part of Innovative Learning and Teaching at the Business School at the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Marcia's current research project is Akongia Kia Ako: promoting learning to learn for Pasifika students. This research investigates learning patterns for Pacific students in Pacific Studies, and assesses their opinion of learning to learn. The objective of this project is to inform how we can enhance recognition of the importance of learning processes for success, and how we as teachers can foster this within the learning environment. The findings from this project will have practical applications for the Pacific Studies undergraduate academic support programme Vaka Moana.
Marcia intends to focus on learning and Pacific pedagogy in future research. In particular, she wants to look at the learning transition between undergraduate and postgraduate study for Pacific students, and the cultural challenges of postgraduate research. Her research interests also include Pacific innovation and how Pacific peoples adapt and create opportunity for innovation through traditional Pacific connections and frameworks outside of the Pacific.
Teaching | Current
PACIFIC 205 / 305 Special Topic: Pacific Innovation Sustainability
PACIFIC 781 A & B Topics in Pacific Research
HISTORY104 Pacific History: An Introduction
2018 Co-supervisor: Pauline Rupeni - Cook Islands communities in New Zealand: Language and Youth, Masters of Arts, Pacific Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland
2018 SEED Innovation in Teaching Grant
2018 CLeaR Fellowship for the project Akongia Kia Ako: promoting learning to learn for Pasifika students
2017 LIMElight (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) (Awarded with the MAPAS team Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) Award for Excellence in Indigenous Student Recruitment, Support and Graduation
2016 International Central Networks Fund, The University of Auckland
2016 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award: Customer Stakeholder Experience, The University of Auckland (Awarded with the MAPAS team, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences)
2011 Māori and Pacific Leadership Grant from the Equity Office, The University of Auckland: To research and network in the United Kingdom and Edinburgh
2011 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
Vaka - Postgraduate Pacific Students
The postgraduate Vaka Skills hub will be designed to be an online resource for Pacific students to access information on processes, assessments, academic skills, and motivational techniques. It will be mapped according to student and staff feedback and developed through CANVAS. This new initiative will create a Pacific space online for our postgraduate students to keep in touch with their community without having to be on campus. It will be a space to get support, academic inspiration, motivation and confidence as a Pacific postgraduate student.
Areas of expertise
Curriculum and Resource Development
• Faculty Academic Committee Te Wānanga o Waipapa representative, Faculty of Arts (2018)
• Ako Course advisor and development, Faculty of Arts (2018)
• Vaka Coordinator, Pacific Studies, Faculty of Arts (2018)
• Courses and Careers Day Coordinator for Pacific Studies, Faculty of Arts (2018)
• Organising committee Māori and Pacific Induction, Business School (2018)
• Learning Leader recruitment, Business School (2017-2018)
• Equity Committee, Director of Learning and Teaching representative, Business School (2017- 2018)
• Courses and Careers Day Coordinator, MAPAS, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (2016)
• Māori and Pacific Welcome (2015-2017)
• Māori and Pacific recruitment initiatives: STEAM Ahead and BEAMS (2015-2017)
• Member of the Tuākana Network (2014-2017)
• Pacific Doctoral Representative, Faculty of Arts Equity Committee (2010-2011)
• Tuākana mentor, Faculty of Arts (2004-2005, 2009-2011)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Leenen-Young, M. (2014). Maintaining motivation when life gets in the way. In C. McMaster, C. Murphy (Eds.) Postgraduate study in Aotearoa New Zealand: Surviving and succeeding (pp. 143-150). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press. Related URL.
- Leenen, M. P. (2011). The Evolution of Roman Diplomatic Interaction with the Achaean League, 200-146 B.C.E. In A. Mackay (Ed.) ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings Auckland, New Zealand. Related URL.