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Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor – Pacific Studies

University of Auckland
New Zealand
On site, no remote
Applications close:
Posted 2 weeks ago

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

Our mission and values place a strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

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 with sustained links to the Pacific. 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 decision-makers.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a Senior Lecturer or above in Pacific Studies, to undertake teaching in the broadly conceived area of contemporary Pacific Studies. The successful candidate will have a strong research profile in Pacific Studies or closely related discipline and leadership experience commensurate with taking on the role of co-Head of The School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa.

The research and teaching can cover issues of significance to Pacific peoples, including: media and/or popular culture; diaspora, transnationalism, and contemporary identities; gender and sexuality; digital media, innovative technologies, and/or Pacific data; and Pacific politics. The successful candidate will also undertake specialist research in their area of expertise and have the ability to develop and teach courses in the broadly conceived area of contemporary Pacific societies, at all levels.

The successful candidate will also contribute to service and leadership as a member of the 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 the Pacific Research platform, Fofonga for Pacific Research. They will serve as a co-Head with line management responsibility for academic staff in Pacific Studies and as a member of the Faculty of Arts leadership team as well as relevant university-wide research initiatives noted above.

This is a fulltime (40 hours per week), permanent position.
The remuneration is SL1 $120,752 – SL8 $151,251, AP from $157,822 per annum.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

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 a well-established track record of attracting major research grants and awards.

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


He kōrero mōu | About you

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

  • A PhD in Pacific Studies or a closely related field.
  • 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.

Additional Information

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. 

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, 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 must be submitted online, by the closing date of 8 March 2024 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Elsa Clune, via [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.


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, LGBTQIATakatāpuiMVPFAFF+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other personal circumstances go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

The University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone can thrive. For further information see Te Ara Tautika | the Equity Policy and visit www.equity.auckland.ac.nz