Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan, holder of the UMS Kadazandusun Chair, was recently appointed Adjunct Research Fellow in Anthropology, from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia. This is an honorary annual appointment.
According to the Monash University Council, adjunct appointments have been established as a means of giving recognition to the contribution made by those who are not themselves employees of Monash, but who nonetheless will have a valuable association with the Faculty. The category of adjunct appointments is in widespread use in eminent universities and is well recognized in most international jurisdictions and by international research funding agencies as a distinguished academic title.
Dr. Jacqueline holds the Kadazandusun Chair and lectures in Ethnomusicology and Borneo Ethnography in the UMS School of Social Sciences. Born in Melbourne, she obtained her B.A.Hons (First Class) from Monash and her Ph.D from the University of Queensland in Ethnomusicology. Her original research was undertaken among the Huli of Papua New Guinea. She first came to Sabah in 1977, and over the years has conducted ethnographic and ethnomusicological research in many local indigenous communities including the Kadazandusun, Lotud Dusun, Tatana, Timugon Murut, west and east coast Bajau, Iranun and others. She worked for many years as Music Director cum Cultural Research Officer in Sabah’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as was a research affiliate of the Sabah Museum. She also headed the Cultural Research Section of the Sabah Cultural Board after its formation in 1997. She joined UMS as a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences in 2000, and was appointed to the Kadazandusun Chair in 2003. She is the Regional Vice President for Sabah of the Borneo Research Council, and is a member of the ICTM Study Group on Southeast Asian Performing Arts.
Of her appointment, Dr. Jacqueline says that she hopes it will open up potential areas of cooperation between UMS and Monash University, and will promote the Kadazandusun Chair in the international arena while further enhancing UMS as a world renowned centre for Borneo Studies.