23 Jun 2022

Permanent Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

Situated within The Faculty of Arts/Te Kura Tangata, The School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies/ Te Wānanga o Waipapa, has assumed a pivotal role in realising the University’s unique advantages and special responsibilities as a leading tertiary institution in one of the world’s largest Pacific cities. Its mission is to develop national, regional and global citizens through academic excellence in teaching, research and service, driven by Pacific-infused epistemologies and pedagogical practice. As part of this mission, close attention is given to nurturing, strengthening and sustaining meaningful engagement with students, families, academics, communities, and policymakers.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

We wish to recruit a Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies to undertake teaching in the broadly conceived area of contemporary Pacific Politics and Policy. We expect this will cover issues of significant concern to Pacific people like climate change, ocean governance, geopolitical transformations, decolonial development, gender equality and environmental and social justice.  Our new colleague will also undertake specialist research in their area of expertise. The successful candidate will be able to develop and teach courses in the broadly conceived area of contemporary Pacific politics and policy, at all levels, as well as teach introductory courses in Pacific Studies and graduate courses in Pacific research methodologies and practices

They will also contribute to service and leadership as a member of academic staff of Pacific Studies, the School/Te Wānanga ō Waipapa, and the Faculty/Te Kura Tangata, as well as relevant university-wide research centres, such as the Centre for Public Policy and a Pacific Research entity which will be established in 2022.

Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland is a global leader in research and teaching on the Pacific.  It was established in 1985 to promote scholarship, research, teaching and engagement with the Pacific region, within the University and the nation, it is also an important interface between the University and Pacific communities who make up a significant and rapidly growing proportion of New Zealand, particularly in Auckland.

Pacific Studies has a vibrant research culture and an enviable track record of attracting major research grants and awards. The successful applicant must be able to work in an interdisciplinary environment, be able to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Pacific Studies, and supervise postgraduate students.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

He kōrero mōu | About you

To be considered for this position, you will have the following:

  • A PhD in a field related to Pacific politics
  • Demonstrated experience in excellent teaching at the tertiary level including supervision of doctoral candidates and post-graduate students
  • Demonstrated research experience in a relevant field including success in securing research grants and research team leadership experience
  • Advanced academic leadership roles
  • Experience building and maintaining successful relationships with community(s) and other stakeholders
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues and with diverse student learners
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Information on Pacific Studies may be accessed through the website of the Faculty of Arts: http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

 Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Wednesday, 20th July 2022 and include an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please email Melika Carlson – melika.carlson@auckland.ac.nz

Additional Information

Overseas Applicants

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz


How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Wednesday, 20th July 2022

Job Categories: Lecturer/Tutor. Job Types: Permanent. Job expires in 14 days.

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