Lecturer in Political Science

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Lecturer in Political Science
  • Kelburn
  • Contract
  • Thu Nov 9 04:04:40 2023
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  • Have you got a strong understanding of political science and an interest in growing mātauranga Māori for our teaching and reseach programmes?
  • Are you interested in a fixed-term position where you can contribute to teaching in a research-focused environment?
  • Do you have a strong commitment to effective teaching with a focus on Māori perspectives?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting for a 3-year fixed term Pūkenga-Lecturer in Political Science to join our team in Te Kura Aro Whakamuri, Rapunga Whakaaro, Matai Tōrangapū me te Ao – the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. This role would suit an early-career academic with research interests in New Zealand and Indigenous politics. A focus on Māori perspectives would be advantageous.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to teaching POLS111, Introduction to New Zealand Politics; POLS206, New Zealand Politics; POLS378, Indigenous Politics; or other teaching as appropriate and agreed to with the Head of School.
  • Advance a sustained and disciplinary – relevant research programme.
  • Successfully supervise post-graduate students to completion.
  • Contribute to Hautūtanga/leadership, administrative roles, and outreach to the wider community.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be someone who is knowledgeable about political science and enjoys contributing to teaching and learning in a research-focused environment.

Key requirements:

  • An established track record of, or a substantial potential for, a programme of research in a field of political science.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Māori concepts, values, ideas and practices, and an interest in growing mātauranga Māori for our teaching and research programmes are desirable.
  • A strong commitment to effective teaching and to postgraduate student supervision.
  • Holds a PhD in a relevant field at the time of appointment or is near completion of a PhD.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Te Kura Aro Whakamuri, Rapunga Whakaaro, Matai Tōrangapū me te Ao – the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations is one of the largest Schools in the University. The three disciplines within the School represent important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts and perspectives. Many students take courses in each of them. Graduates develop skills in critical and creative thinking, leadership, communication and research. The School is committed to excellence in research and teaching.

Our Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) Programme is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and oldest department of politics. It is in the top 100 in the world in the QS rankings. The programme has 26 academic staff and is responsible for teaching two majors within the Bachelor of Arts and one major within the Bachelor of Communication. The programme also offers four taught Master’s degrees, and attracts a significant number of research Master’s students and PhD students. Our research and teaching routinely engages with government due to our capital city location, and many of our staff are involved in international research collaborations and are on externally funded research projects. The programme has links to Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies, which also offers courses on politics that students can take towards Political Science majors. The diversity of our Programme’s research, teaching, engagement and leadership activities make it a dynamic and stimulating place to work and study.

Role Description

Whakapā Mai – Close Date for Vacancy: 05 December 2023 - We will be reviewing applications as they are received and may progress with suitable applicants prior to the application closing date.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Simon Keller ([email protected] ). But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form . Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). Click Apply and follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button.

If you are unable to combine your documents or have further supporting documents, please email these to [email protected] stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.


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