Lecturer - pacific islands studies

University of otago - Dunedin
30+ days ago (09/10/2019)

job description


Our school

Founded in 1990, Te Tumu has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the preferred places in New Zealand to learn about Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies. Our multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, students, research and teaching is reflected in our name Te Tumu, a pan-Polynesian term which is often used in Māori in the phrase te tumu herenga waka - a post for tying up canoes. We liken ourselves as a foundation which staff, students and guests can anchor themselves to for the duration of their stay at the University of Otago.

Our School offers undergraduate and postgraduate study to PhD level in three programmes: Māori Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, and Indigenous Development, as well as the Master of Indigenous Studies, tailored especially for distance students. Our staff have established reputations in their areas of expertise and the programme as a whole has an energetic research culture.

The role

Applications are invited for a Lecturer in Pacific Islands Studies position within Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. The position offers an academic career in a well-established and progressive School with a proud teaching and research record. This is a full time, permanent (confirmation path) position.

The successful candidate will teach three papers related to their fields of expertise relevant to Pacific, Māori and Indigenous Studies and develop and maintain a programme of high quality research and publication. You will also be expected to contribute to the administration of the School and to service the School, the University and communities.

Te Tumu has a strong postgraduate research culture, you will also be expected to undertake the supervision of students' research.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • A PhD (or close to completion) in a field relevant to Pacific Islands Studies.
  • Teaching experience, preferably at tertiary level.
  • Fluency in a Pacific Islands language would be an advantage.
  • A strong research record and peer reviewed publications in high quality venues, and ideally be able to provide evidence of successful supervision of research students and experience applying for research grant applications.
  • Evidence of an ability to work with students and staff from differing academic and cultural backgrounds and at all levels of the institution.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A strong commitment to developing collaborative working relationships with colleagues and communities.

We encourage applications from researchers in areas such as indigenous development (environmental, social, cultural and health from an indigenous perspective).

Further details

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and, combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin, provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from art and literature to outdoor activities.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A CV
  • Names and email addresses of at least three referees

Applications quoting reference number 1901852 will close on Wednesday, 9 October 2019.

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