Emeritus Professor Ray Cooksey

Appointment citation 

Professor Cooksey (BSc, MSc, PhD (Colo. St,) FANZAM) joined UNE in 1982 and is due to retire from the University in September 2014.  During his career at UNE, he has worked across the discipline areas of Education, Psychology and Business, achieving promotion to Professor in 2000 and his contribution to the University by way of academic leadership has included as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), as Chair of Academic Board, as Head of the School of Marketing and Management and as Deputy Chair of the Academic Board. 

Professor Cooksey is an internationally recognised scholar in the area of human judgment and decision making, being widely cited by researchers, specifically within the field of judgment analysis.  He has published widely within high profile research journals, contributed chapters to and prepared scholarly texts , and developed technical and government reports spanning the areas of teacher and managerial judgment and decision making, research methodology and statistics, complexity theory and systems thinking, marketing, organisational learning, leadership and innovation.  Professor Cooksey's research has been supported and funded by both ARC Discovery and Linkage grants as well as international and industry-related grants.

Professor Cooksey received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996) for his teaching of research methods and statistics, and has been awarded several teaching development grants during his career at UNE.  He has taught over 27 different units of study in a number of discipline areas at the University (the majority of which he designed and wrote as well).  Professor Cooksey has successfully supervised 29 PhD students to completion, 28 Master's and Honours students and has served as an examiner for PhD and Research Masters theses for 12 different Australian universities (including UNE).  One of Professor Cooksey's PhD students recently graduated cum laude (2014), two of his MEc students were awarded D H Drummond Memorial Prizes for best Master's theses and one of his MEd students was awarded a Faculty Medal for his thesis.  Professor Cooksey has also undertaken a teaching consultancy for The University of Sydney at the invitation of their Department of Marketing.

Professor Cooksey has made an outstanding contribution to the academic life of students and to the University, to academic life locally, nationally and internationally – and continues to be active within his field.  In recognition of this significant achievement over the course of his career, it is fitting that his outstanding contribution to UNE's academic profile be recognised in his appointment as an Emeritus Professor at UNE.

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