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Lecturer in Linguistics (Palmerston North) (A263-18RZ)

School of Humanities, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We seek to appoint a lecturer in Linguistics at our Palmerston North Campus. You will hold a PhD in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and will be able to demonstrate an active research interest in one or more areas of study, with a preference for expertise in descriptive linguistics and/or applied linguistics.

Location:Palmerston North
Grade:Lecturer / Senior Lecturer
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 7 September 2018

Position overview

The School of Humanities at Massey University wishes to appoint a lecturer in Linguistics at the University’s Palmerston North Campus. You will preferably hold a PhD in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and will be able to demonstrate an active research interest in one or more areas of study, with a preference for expertise in descriptive linguistics and/or applied linguistics. You will be required to teach undergraduate courses in descriptive, historical and forensic linguistics and to contribute to the teaching of our postgraduate courses in applied linguistics.

Duties will include post-graduate supervision and collaborative work with colleagues from across Massey University’s campuses to develop and strengthen the linguistics curriculum in the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Applied Linguistics qualifications.

Experience of distance teaching and familiarity with computer-based teaching technologies will be an advantage, while an ability to work in a collaborative and collegial manner with staff across the university is essential.

Job description

Purpose statement

To undertake an effective programme of teaching, research and supervision of students in the broad field Linguistics. To seek external funding; provide administrative and professional service to the University and broader academic or professional communities.

Responsible to

Head of School

Key accountabilities


  1. Undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  2. Develop and teach major curriculum components of courses.
  3. Coordinate and administer the teaching of subjects.
  4. Supervise the research activities of graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the supervision of students/ research projects at a postgraduate level.
  5. Undertake continuing personal professional development.


  1. Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme or participate in team-based research.
  2. Publish papers or other scholarly works in academic journals and review papers.
  3. Present research and act as a discussant at academic conferences.
  4. Generate research funding.

Service to the Community

  1. Participate in community service activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University’s Charter and Strategic Plan.
  2. Assist the School to develop an environment which gives effect to the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University Responsibilities

  1. Serve on University and/or School committees.
  2. Ensure the observance of University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.
  3. Contribute to the development of a School working environment of teamwork and cooperation.

Any other duties as required by the Head of School.

Person specification


Relevant PhD qualification and demonstrated teaching and research expertise in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics.


Demonstrated ability as a teacher with an awareness of up-to-date teaching methodologies and technological applications to teaching
Some familiarity with computer-assisted and Web-based teaching methods is preferred.
A record of published research in linguistics/applied linguistics.

Personal attributes and behaviours

Willingness to adapt to a variety of teaching demands with enthusiasm, initiative and commitment to help develop a successful Linguistics programme.
Communicate well with students.
Energy and enthusiasm for promoting the study of Linguistics/Applied Linguistics.
A capacity and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues.


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