Chair in Māori, Moriori and Indigenous Peace Studies and Co-Director

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

Chair in Māori, Moriori and Indigenous Peace Studies and Co-Director-2301483




We are seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to join Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa | National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, in Te Wai Pounamu, the stunning South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa | National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is committed to strengthening its curriculum and research in indigenous peace traditions in support of the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework and te Tiriti o Waitangi. This position affords an exciting opportunity for interested scholars to research and teach from a kaupapa Māori/Moriori, indigenous justice-based perspective and to conduct research that is transformative and beneficial for Māori and Moriori communities and for Aotearoa New Zealand more generally.

We are committed to working closely with iwi and Māori organisations, and mātauraka Māori has become an integral part of teaching and research across the institution. We especially value our relationship with Ngai Tahu, the mana whenua within their takiwā of Te Waipounamu, and the University’s principal Treaty partner.

Te mahi/The role

The Chair and Co-Director will develop Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa’s position as a leading international and national contributor to research and teaching in indigenous peace studies, with a strong focus on Aotearoa / Te Waipounamu and the Pacific region.

In this role you will contribute to the Centre’s excellent teaching and learning culture and to our national and international research profile. You will be responsible for:
•    Teaching postgraduate students in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies, broadly defined.
•    Contributing to the research activities of the Centre, including publishing in impactful peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support and supervising research students.
•    Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with tangata whenua and engaging with mana whenua and with other Māori, Pacific and Indigenous communities locally and internationally.
•    Leading Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa and ensuring the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Otago and the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust is upheld in the Centre’s work.
•    Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the Centre and its responsibilities within the University and wider community.

While the University has a strong preference for making an appointment at the level of Professor, it is open to making an appointment to the level of Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer if that level is appropriate for the most suitable candidate.

Kā pūkeka me kā wheako/Skills and experience

To be considered for appointment to this position, candidates will have:
•    A PhD in an area within or cognate to peace and conflict studies.
•    Research publications in indigenous approaches to peace and conflict studies or in cognate fields of study.
•    Experience in delivering impactful research informed teaching and postgraduate research supervision. 
•    Experience in research and teaching from kaupapa Māori/Moriori and mātauranga Māori/Moriori perspectives.
•    Knowledge of Māori/Moriori and indigenous concepts, values, ideas and practices. 
•    Commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tahu, as mana whenua in the region and broad knowledge of the cultural traditions of other iwi/hapū.
•    Commitment to developing an understanding of the mana whenua history and whakapapa of Ōtākou and Puketeraki, including the histories of peace and conflict in this area.
•    Commitment to developing and maintaining relationships with iwi and rūnaka.
•    Commitment to developing and maintaining relationships with the trustees of the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, other donors and stakeholders.
•    Commitment to rigour and ethics in research and teaching.
•    Ability to supervise and teach in te reo Māori or a Pacific language would be desirable. 

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the Centre, Te Tumu and the Division; we seek colleagues who will both enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment.

Pūroko/Further details

This is a full-time (1 FTE), permanent (confirmation path) position.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Janine Hayward, Head of School of Social Sciences (Acting) via the contact details below.

Application/ Tono 

Candidates are requested to submit the following:
•    CV
•    Cover letter
•    Names and email addresses of at least three referees

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2301483 will close on Sunday, 15 October 2023.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Janine Hayward

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Primary Location
Employment Status
Salary Level and Range
 The University is offering a remuneration level commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.
 National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Job Function
 Academic Leadership

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