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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Critical Studies in Contemporary/Popular Music (A250-17CA)

School of Music and Creative Media Production, College of Creative Arts

The School of Music and Creative Media Production is recruiting a full-time Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in contemporary (popular) music studies. The successful candidate will have a post-graduate qualification and show evidence of innovation in research and teaching in at least one area relating to the critical study of contemporary (popular) music.

Term:Fixed Term of 3 Years
Grade:Lecturer / Senior Lecturer (Range 1)
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 23 August 2017

Position overview

The School of Music and Creative Media Production is recruiting a full-time Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in contemporary (popular) music studies. The successful candidate will have a post-graduate qualification and show evidence of vision and innovation in research and teaching. The successful candidate will have expertise in at least one area relating to the critical study of contemporary (popular) music (i.e. political economy of music, music and media), and will ideally have knowledge of critical frameworks and reflexive methodologies transferable to other creative disciplines, including film, games, online or other emerging digital media.

The School of Music and Creative Media Production was recently established to respond to New Zealand’s growth and internationally recognised reputation for innovation and creativity in both music and media production. It is staffed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning practitioners and is in the completion stages of building one of the largest studio complexes in the region.

Together with the School of Design and the School of Art, the School of Music and Creative Media Production is part of the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, Wellington. The School of Design offers majors in Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Spatial Design, Visual Communication Design and Textiles. The School of Art offers majors in Fine Art and Photography.

The School of Music and Creative Media Production delivers two undergraduate degree programmes, the Bachelor of Commercial Music and Bachelor of Creative Media Production. The Bachelor of Commercial Music offers majors in Music Practice, Music Technology and Music Industry. The Bachelor of Creative Media Production offers students pathways in Film & TV, Animation & VFX, Web & Interactive and Games.

Based on our Wellington campus, this fixed term appointment provides an exciting opportunity to shape the learning of the future - if you’re ready to join us in making a difference, apply now.

To learn more about the School of Music and Creative Media Production go to

Job description

Purpose statement

To enhance the learning and qualification outcomes of Massey's students and the scholarly ouputs of the University by undertaking an effective programme of teaching; undertaking research including research supervision of students; engaging in the pursuit of external funding; providing administrative and professional service to the University and broader academic or professional communities.

Responsible to

Head of School

Key accountabilities

Teaching and Learning
1. Undertake undergraduate teaching via all modes of teaching and delivery mediums, including through electronic and on-line technologies. 
2. Design and develop the academic and administrative content of courses and design the appropriate assessment criteria and processes. 
3. Coordinate and administer the teaching delivery and assessment of all papers allocated by the Programme Leader or Head of School.
4. Ensure that all teaching is research-informed and relevant, and that course materials are regularly updated. 
5. Supervise the teaching and marking of tutors/senior tutors, graduate assistants and technical support personnel. 
6. Participate in the peer review of teaching to enhance the quality of course design and delivery. 
7. Arrange for regular student evaluations of teaching for all papers/courses for which paper-coordination responsibilities have been assigned.
8. Be accessible to students by providing consultation time on course-related matters.
9. Assist in the personal development plan (PDP) process for the programme’s students.
10. Undertake teaching on each of Massey University’s campuses as required and through distance education. 

Research and Scholarship
1. Undertake an active and appropriate programme of academic research, including participation in team-based research as appropriate, to the level expected by the University’s Strategic Research Capability Policy.
2. Publish this research through exhibition, performance, books, papers and/or other scholarly works in academic contexts.
3. Review research papers and other scholarly publications.
4. articipate in and present research at academic conferences.
5. Contribute to School/Institute/University seminars and workshops.
6. Seek research funding where there is an opportunity to do so.
7. Submit recent publications data to Research Management Services for entry onto the Research Information Management System (RIMS) and Symplectic as required.
8. Periodically enter updated ‘Peer Esteem’ and ‘Contributions to the Research Environment’ information onto RIMS and Symplectic as required.

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 goals.
2. Assist the School/College to develop and strengthen relationships with professional and stakeholder communities as appropriate.
3. Contribute to the broader community and society through the University’s obligations under the Education Act to fulfill “the role as critic and conscience of society”. 
4. Assist the School/College/University to develop an environment which gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University Responsibilities
1. Serve on University and/or School/College/Department committees.
2. Observe University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.
3. Contribute to the development of a School/College/Department environment that values teamwork, cooperation and collegiality. 
4. Contribute to the administration of the School/College/Department. 
5. Take responsibility for professional self-improvement and development.
6. Assist with auditioning of prospective students across the programme.
7. Assist with the School’s recruitment, marketing and outreach activities.
8. Ensure Health & Safety best practice is upheld.
9. Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Programme Leader or Head of School.

Person specification


Relevant post-graduate degree.


  1. Knowledge of critical perspectives relating to contemporary (popular) music.
  2. Knowledge of theoretical frameworks relating to political economies, free-economy, creative communities, scenes and subcultures.
  3. Critical understanding of music media on multiple platforms such as mobile, web, and television, and the influential role that media, image and identity play in the music industry.
  4. Knowledge of web-based and online platforms relevant to the music industry.
  5. Knowledge of academic texts relating to music media, video, and online environments, as well as creative media practice and industries.
  6. Knowledge of critical perspectives and reflexive methodologies relevant to other creative disciplines, including films, games, online or other emerging digital media.
  7. Ability in effective course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  8. Experience in communicating complex theoretical and conceptual ideas.
  9. Understanding of pedagogical approaches relevant to teaching music in an arts based environment.
  10. Demonstrate a knowledge of practice based research.
  11. Ability in effective course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  12. Experience in supervising postgraduate students to completion is preferred.
  13. Experience in preparing a PBRF or international equivalent research portfolio would be an advantage.
  14. Experience in undertaking in peer review of teaching in order to continually improve own and colleagues’ teaching effectiveness.
  15. Demonstrated track record of research activity and performance appropriate to the level of appointment.
  16. Track record of obtaining research funding is preferred.

Personal attributes and behaviours

  1. Evidence of strong communication skills including spoken and written English is essential.
  2. Vision for the development of creative media education at tertiary level.
  3. The ability to work independently, professionally and meet deadlines.
  4. Clear, confident and skilled classroom presenter.
  5. Willingness to engage in academic leadership roles.
  6. Demonstrated collegiality in an academic teaching, research and service environment.
  7. Willingness to contribute to university service responsibilities.

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