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Associate Professor/Professor – Education Studies (A244-18RZ)

Institute of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Future focused leadership opportunity to help to build our strategic research capacity in Education Studies and lead a diverse group of early and mid-career academics with diverse interests in Education Studies.

Salary:Associate Professor/Professor
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 21 October 2018

Position overview

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining University. Our Institute of Education programmes cover the spectrum of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional pathways in Education.

We are now seeking to appoint an experienced and dynamic academic staff member at Associate Professor/Professor level, with a strong history of socially critical teaching and research in Education Studies. You will have appropriate qualifications, experience and expertise to (i) teach across a range of professional and lifelong education qualifications, (ii) help to build our strategic research capacity in Education Studies; and (iii) lead a diverse group of early and mid-career academics with diverse interests in Education Studies.

You will be able to evidence a collaborative and collegial leadership style. As a senior staff member of the Institute, you will actively contribute to the Institute’s long-term research capability and succession planning initiatives to meet the education needs of a culturally diverse society. You will enhance the Institute’s teaching and research profile nationally and internationally by contributing towards the teaching, research and administrative activities of the Institute as a leader, adviser and mentor.

You will possess a relevant Doctoral degree and a record of international research publications appropriate to the level of appointment. You will have a record of success in attracting third party research funding. A major expectation of the role is that you will lead a world-class programme of research and associated teaching across a range of professional education and lifelong learning qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will be able to provide evidence of the application of cutting edge Education Studies knowledge in your teaching, preferably in both professional and general education programmes. Expertise in the sociology of Education is highly desirable. Experience with blended learning approaches is essential.

It is expected that you will have an appreciation of the New Zealand or a similar education context and a demonstrable empathy towards the needs and aspirations of indigenous peoples.

Enquiries of an academic nature can be directed to Professor John O’Neill, Head of the Institute of Education, email;

Job description

Purpose statement

To lead the Institute's teaching and research programmes in Educational Studies, and to develop world class capability and capacity in these areas.

Responsible to

Head of Institute

Key accountabilities

  1. Teaching / Supervision

• Model exemplary teaching practice in face-to-face and digitally enhanced blended learning environments;

• Undertake teaching in area(s) of expertise at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across a range of professional and general education programmes;

• Coordinate and administer the teaching of subjects and/or programmes;

• Supervise the research activities of graduates and undergraduate students and assist in the supervision of research projects at postgraduate level; and

• Maintain knowledge in areas of expertise and undertake continuing personal professional development

  1. Research

• Develop and lead an active, appropriate and viable research programme and promote bicultural and multicultural team-based research;

• Publish papers in Q1/Q2 academic journals and other scholarly outputs with leading academic publishers;

• Generate and promote the generation of external research funding.

  1. Service to the Community

• Participate in community service and outreach activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University’s Charter and Strategic Plan;

• Assist the Institute to develop an environment which gives practical effect to the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi in teaching, research and outreach;

• Develop and maintain active research networks, nationally and internationally in areas of personal expertise.

  1. University Responsibilities

• Actively mentor and facilitate the career development of junior colleagues;

• Take a leadership, advice and mentoring role in the development of Educational Studies teaching and research capability;

• Serve on University and/or Institute committees;

• Ensure the observance of University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices;

• Contribute to the development of an Institute working environment of teamwork and cooperation; and

• Other duties as required by the Head of Institute.

Person specification


Possess a relevant Doctoral degree and an appropriate record of research and publications in a field relevant to the promotion of Educational Studies teaching and research in education in Aotearoa New Zealand.


• Appreciations of the New Zealand education system and biculturalism are essential;
• Exemplary, recent, relevant teaching experience, within a university or other tertiary teaching environment;
• A research publication record in reputable peer-reviewed academic and/or professional journals, and/or books appropriate for appointment at Associate Professor or Professor level;
• A proven track record of exemplary research supervision up to and including doctoral level; and
• Significant successful experience of generating external research funding.

Personal attributes and behaviours

• Demonstrated exemplary leadership and mentoring abilities;
• Proven exemplary skills in multiple modes and mediums of teaching, including electronic and online;
• Clear, confident and skilled online and face-to-face facilitator of learning;
• Proven record of rapport with students;
• Demonstrated collegiality in an academic teaching and service environment;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• World class research and research leadership skills; and
• Proven record of mentoring of junior staff and postgraduate students.


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