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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Communication (A285-17VP)

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey Business School

We seek an inspirational teacher/researcher who can add to New Zealand’s top communication programme; someone who wants to make a positive difference through teaching, research and professional engagement.

Grade:Lecturer / Senior Lecturer
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 8 October 2017

Position overview

We are seeking a Communication and/or Media scholar who is in touch with the digital milieu, 21st century thinking, and willing to be heavily involved in curriculum rejuvenation.

The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, and show a willingness to experiment in their research and teaching. Candidates must also be able to evidence collaboration (in both teaching and research), an ability to create and sustain thriving relationships (internally and externally), and an appreciation for high-quality teaching and research relevant in the 21st century. Priority will be given to figures whose research and teaching embraces new and emerging themes, methods and areas of inquiry, e.g. critical infrastructure studies, digital field work, game studies, computer mediated communication, media archaeology (and other #trending #hashtags). The position is also open to early-career researchers and those whose approach includes a significant practice dimension.

The position is within the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University (Auckland Campus). The School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing (CJM) is part of the Massey Business School. We are committed to excellent and accessible research, teaching and engagement that connect to practice and enable leadership, contributing to a thriving, prosperous and sustainable future for New Zealand and beyond.

To be considered for this position you must:
• Have a Ph.D in Communication, Media Studies, Rhetoric or an equivalent field (or be within one year of completion).
• Have a track record of publications and conference presentations and be able to evidence a promising research trajectory.
• Be willing to teach in the area(s) of communication and technological change, large, introductory courses, and other core courses such as Introduction to Business Communication.
• Be prepared to teach 3-4 courses per year (current teaching load in the school).
• Be prepared to play an active service role in the life of the School.

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

Associate Head of School (Albany)

Key accountabilities

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

- Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme in Communication
- Publish papers or other scholarly works in academic journals in Communication studies.
- Present research and act as a discussant at academic conferences in Communication
- Generate research funding.

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

University Responsibilities
- Serve on University and/or School 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 a School working environment of teamwork and cooperation.

Any other duties as required by the Head of School.

Person specification


A PhD or nearing completion of a relevant PhD in communication studies. A precursor qualification in business is desirable, but not essential


A track record in research, including the demonstrated ability to write refereed journal articles. Experience in writing and winning grants is desirable, but not essential.

Successful experience in tertiary teaching. Experience with in teaching large classes and distance education is desirable, but not essential.

Personal attributes and behaviours

  • Skills in tertiary teaching and research in public relations, communication management or journalism studies.
  • Knowledge of business.
  • Willingness to assist with administrative functions of the University.
  • Openness to contribute to school level management and/or leadership.
  • Willingness to pursue external research income.
  • A commitment to collegial interactions within the School and University.
  • Knowledge of university accreditation processes is desirable.

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