Associate Professor in School of Education
University of Waikato, School of Education
New Zealand


The Division of Education constitutes Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research, Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning and Poutama Pounamu. It boasts a richness of research led teaching and professional learning in education in areas including initial teacher education, education and society, counselling, human development, educational leadership and digital learning.
This position is based in Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, and will involve teaching at both our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education offers academic programmes in social sciences in education and initial teacher education at undergraduate level, and a range of programmes from counselling to educational leadership across both taught and research postgraduate. The school caters for approximately 2000 domestic and international students with programmes managed and delivered through high quality academic staff.

An Associate Professor is expected to contribute to academic leadership in the Division/School/Programme and the University as a whole by:

- maintaining high standards of excellence in teaching, research, postgraduate supervision, administration and the undertaking of professional/business/community/iwi service activities relevant to the profession or discipline. - working alongside senior colleagues in demonstrating excellence through example, as well as through persuasion, cooperation and collegial relationships with other staff. - providing advice, encouragement and support to other academic staff in the pursuit of their academic objectives and the development of their professional careers. - undertaking key academic leadership roles, where appropriate, such as chairperson of department or the chairing of an academic committee.

Many of the tasks in the Lecturer to Professor range are common to each level, but as staff members advance in their careers they are expected to perform the tasks at a higher level.  This may be evidenced by an increase in the quality of teaching performance; a greater contribution to the advancement of the discipline through achievements in research and scholarship and/or artistic or professional practice; increased leadership; and a greater contribution to university administration, academic matters more generally and/or external engagement.


The appointee is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor through their Head of School who in turn is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor through the Pro Vice-Chancellor Division of Education.  The appointee is expected to establish effective relationships with the Head of School, other Division/School staff and students. 


Pro Vice-Chancellor Division of Education Head of School Deputy Head of School Director Māori Education Other Division/School/Programme staff Support staff Students Research Institutes and Centres Research Office and external research organisations and funders External Stakeholders


Having regard to the aims, objectives and long-term strategic goals of the Programme, the Division/School and the University, the primary objectives required of an Associate Professor include the following:

5.1 Administration and Academic Leadership

 Carry out key administrative functions including active and constructive participation at Division/School/Programme meetings and undertake administration, planning, policy development and/or committee work, where appropriate.  This may involve chairing or participating in a University committee.

 Initiate and actively encourage successful academic or industry/business/professional contacts outside the University, both nationally and internationally, in consultation with the Division/School/Programme and University.  This may involve representing the University externally from time to time.

 Relationships between an Associate Professor and other staff should be collegial and an Associate Professor should under all circumstances be strongly supportive of the Head of School.  This includes a willingness to act in the role for temporary periods or to undertake specific administrative duties.   

5.2 Research and Scholarship

 Maintain an active research programme.  Conduct high quality research and contribute to knowledge development through scholarship and publication.  This will include involvement in research projects and attendance and presentation at academic conferences, and may include leadership of a research team and/or obtaining internal or external research funding for specific projects.  

 Act as a mentor to other staff and assist with the development of a successful and excellent research culture and research-led teaching programmes.

 Successful involvement in professional/business/community/iwi activities relevant to the discipline.

5.3 Teaching

 Prepare and deliver high quality research-informed lectures and/or seminars and, as appropriate, conduct and/or co-ordinate tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, or workshops.

 Contribute to or be responsible for paper co-ordination and delivery.  This includes: paper administration; initiating and developing teaching material; appraisal, review and evaluation of programmes and papers; development of the curriculum; developing and delivering on-line papers, where appropriate; and updating teaching resources and paper materials.

 Supervise a suitable number of honours, graduate and postgraduate students including as Chief Supervisor.  

 Carry out marking and assessment activities including the setting of examinations.

 Apply information and communication technologies to achieve desired outcomes.

 Be readily available to advise and meet with students including maintaining regular office hours.

5.4 General

 Participate in the maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment for self and others including students.  Comply with and undertake responsibilities set out in the University’s Health and Safety Policy.

 Any other duties as required that are consistent with the position held, other than in exceptional circumstances such as rehabilitation after injury or sickness.

NOTE: Staff have an annual professional goal setting interview with their manager.  New staff normally attend such an interview approximately three months after taking up their appointment.

The Associate Professor will be performing satisfactorily when:

 Teaching and associated duties are fulfilled to a high level of competency at all levels, defined by Division/School/Programme norms and expectations including paper appraisal and teaching evaluation.  This includes contributions to pedagogical and educational developments within the subject area.  Sustained excellence in research-led teaching should be demonstrated at all levels so as to provide academic leadership and set appropriate standards of scholarship.  

 Student learning, at all levels, is appropriately facilitated in accordance with the Division/School/Programme and University’s goals and objectives.

 Personal and/or team research and scholarship activities yield demonstrable outcomes evidenced by both continued publications in books and refereed journals and presentation or publication of conference papers and/or performance/works of art/other non-print media outcomes, where appropriate.  A research and publication record (or the equivalent within the field) of sustained excellence is achieved with a recognised contribution to the academic field, at national and international levels. 

 Regular contributions are made to appropriate professional/business/community/iwi groups and/or in a public service or University or national or international representation capacity.

 A significant contribution is made to Division/School/Programme administration, as appropriate to the Associate Professor level.

 Safe and healthy work practices are followed that comply with University policies and procedures, relevant work standards and statutory obligations.


 A PhD in a relevant discipline.



 Broad and in-depth knowledge of education, social and historical aspects of education, educational policy. Ability to support students to recognise local and global cultural diversity and to work in culturally appropriate ways with diverse others in contexts where educational outcomes are sought.  Ability to provide high levels of academic leadership and act as a mentor to other staff.  A research and scholarship record of sustained excellence and a recognised contribution to the academic field at a national and preferably international level. Demonstrated sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching, including the ability to lecture to large numbers and conduct small group seminars and tutorials effectively.  Demonstrated ability to provide a major contribution to the graduate and postgraduate programme including the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students.  Proven contributions to pedagogical and educational developments in the subject more widely.  Demonstrated commitment to using innovative teaching methods and materials e.g. distance delivery techniques, team teaching, online delivery.  Ability to apply ICT to achieve desired outcomes and to maintain and update those skills.  Broad and in-depth knowledge of education, social and historical aspects of education, educational policy.  Demonstrated success in attracting and supervising high quality postgraduate research students. Demonstrated ability to make a significant contribution to Divisional/School/Programme administration, where appropriate.  Demonstrated success in attracting external research funding and in completing grant applications.  Proven ability to communicate and work effectively with staff and students.


 Understanding of bicultural approaches and knowledge of Māori perspectives.  Understanding and knowledge of Pasifika perspectives.  Demonstrated success in attracting and supervising high quality postgraduate research students.  Demonstrated success in attracting external research funding and in completing grant applications.  An understanding of development as it applies to Pasifika communities.

 Self-motivation and a pro-active approach including a demonstrated commitment to innovation.  Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as a member of a team and, where relevant, to act as a leader of a research team.  Commitment to a culture of openness, flexibility and co-operation to achieve excellence in academic programmes, research and service.  Proven ability to maintain a professional approach while under pressure.  Ability to relate effectively and sensitively to students and staff from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.  Commitment to equal opportunity and to the University’s partnership with Māori as intended by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act, 1995.

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