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Professor / Associate Professor in Critical Health Psychology (A288-17CA)

School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for a permanent position as Professor / Associate Professor in Critical Health Psychology

Location:Albany/Wellington/Palmerston North
Grade:Commensurate with skills and experience
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 1 December 2017

Position overview

Massey University School of Psychology - Te Kura Hinengaro Tangata offers degree programmes to doctoral level in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and in the College of Science, and contributes to degree programmes in the College of Health. The School has a strong international reputation for producing world-leading research in critical health psychology, and an established and successful postgraduate programme in the subject.

Applications are invited for an energetic academic with drive and passion to join the School in a leadership role to play a key role in developing the University’s profile in the field of critical health psychology and furthering our profile in the discipline internationally. As the successful candidate you will be instrumental in achieving our vision to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives.

To be successful in appointment you will be a scholar of distinction with an outstanding record of published research, research leadership, and PhD supervision. You will be passionate about collaborative development and implementation of research strategy, have demonstrated success attracting external research funding and have ability to integrate research perspectives into teaching. You will have proven ability in critical social science methodologies and methods and have demonstrated experience in qualitative research methodologies. Candidates will have a primary research and teaching specialty in critical health psychology. Additional interests and insight into the role of ethno-cultural diversity in individual and population health would be beneficial, as would be aptitude and competence in course pedagogy.

With the flexibility to be based at one of our three campus locations in Wellington, Auckland or Palmerston North this role also offers a supportive self-determinant environment that embraces innovative research. Appointment will be on the Professor or Associate Professor scale at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To learn more about Massey University and how we are making a difference go to

Inquiries can be directed to: Professor Kerry Chamberlain (

Job description

Purpose statement

To provide teaching, research supervision and academic scholarship that will further strengthen the programme in critical health psychology in the School of Psychology.

Responsible to

The Head of School.

Key accountabilities

  1. Teaching:
    • Undertake the teaching and coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as required, with an emphasis in the areas of social and health psychology
    • Undertake the teaching of courses for distance education students, on all campuses as required. You may be required to teach on a campus other than the one where you are situated.
    • Ongoing development of the structure and content of the Masters endorsement in Health Psychology as well as of the course(s) for which you are Coordinator, in collaboration with colleagues who also teach in these areas.
    • Supervising and assessing student work.
    • 'Guest lecturing' for other staff within the School.
    • Supervising Honours, Masters and Doctoral students.
    • Contribute to the development of a supportive atmosphere for Psychology students on the campus, and develop strategies for retention and achievement of Psychology majors from diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with teaching and supervision.
    • Participate in the University’s formal procedures of evaluating teaching and paper delivery.

  2. Research:
    • Initiate and undertake an original programme of research in your own area of expertise, so as to contribute to the School's scholarly outputs in quality assured publications.
    • Disseminate knowledge through scholarly research activities and publications; it would be expected that at least two articles per year would be published in refereed journals, for which you are the sole or co-author.
    • Submission of research funding applications to appropriate bodies.
    • Participate in conferences to advance research interests.
    • Engage fully in the supervision of postgraduate students' research at the Honours, Master's and Doctoral level.
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues.
    • Contribute to one or more research clusters within the School.
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with research.

  3. Administration:
    • Play a major leadership role in managing the Masters in Health Psychology programme.
    • Undertake administration of course(s) to which you are requested to contribute.
    • Participate in School and University Committees. Play a collegial role within the School and the University by serving on committees and taking on administrative tasks of a general nature for the School as would typically be expected of a Professorial level appointment.
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with administration as directed by the Head of School.

  4. Co-operate within the School and share School objectives to advance the knowledge and practice of Psychology.

  5. Adhere to the rules and regulations of the University.

  6. Comply with the University's obligation under its Charter regarding equal employment and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Key Competencies:

  1. Work collaboratively with colleagues
  2. Undertake and publish research
  3. Plan/organise and administer own work.
  4. Supervise and assess students' work.
  5. Evaluate course content and delivery.
  6. Act as a good citizen of the School and University, serving its communities of practice. These include responsiveness to Māori as specified by the Treaty of Waitangi, and to other culturally and economically diverse communities.

Person specification


PhD or equivalent in Psychology or related health discipline.


Considerable teaching experience in a tertiary setting.
Preference will be given to applicants with a record of research and publication with a critical health and social psychology emphasis.
Experience as a team member in externally-funded research projects is highly desirable.

Personal attributes and behaviours

A high level of oral and written communication skills.
Willingness and skill to take on leadership roles and work as a member of a team.
Willingness and skill to work in diverse cultural settings.
Strong skills in preparing grant applications and bids for competitive tenders.
Ability to stimulate student interest in research.


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