Senior Lecturer
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.

To contribute to the teaching, postgraduate supervision and administration requirements of the Programme and Division in accordance with workload norms, maintain and develop original scholarship and research, and undertake professional/community/iwi service activities relevant to the profession or discipline. 

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 and academic matters more generally.


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 staff and students. 


Pro Vice-Chancellor Division of Education Head of School Deputy Head of School Other Divisional staff Students Relevant Research Institutes and Centres and external research agencies  External stakeholders and professional bodies


Having regard to the aims, objectives and long-term strategic goals of the Division and the University, the primary objectives required of a Senior Lecturer include the following:

Teaching and Learning

− Prepare and deliver research-informed face to face or online lectures, presentations 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: administration; initiating and developing 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 materials.

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

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


− Be prepared to develop effectively use digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for students. 


− Supervise honours, graduate and postgraduate students. 

− Where appropriate, be Chief Supervisor for PhD students.

− Build and maintain an active research programme in a recognised field or fields relevant to human development and conduct quality research and contribute to 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.

− Build and maintain local, national, and preferably international, research collaborations, which enhance the profile and reputation of the University.

− Where appropriate, seek external research funding for specific projects and submit grant applications.

− Where appropriate, engage in knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities.

Service and Administration

− Participate in professional, community, iwi and outreach activities relevant to the Programme/Division.

− Carry out broad administrative functions including active and constructive participation at Programme and Divisional meetings and undertake administration, planning and committee work where appropriate.

− Participate in University-wide committees and working groups and/or represent the University externally as appropriate.


− 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 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 Senior Lecturer will be performing satisfactorily when:

− Teaching and associated duties are fulfilled to a high level as defined by Programme/Divisional expectations including paper appraisal and teaching evaluation.

− Student learning, at all levels, is appropriately facilitated in accordance with the Programme/Divisional and University goals and objectives.

− Personal and/or team research and scholarship activities yield demonstrable outcomes normally evidenced by continued publications in books and refereed journals, presentation or publication of conference papers and/or performance/works of art/other non-print media outcomes, where appropriate.  An established research and publishing record or the equivalent has emerged and there is evidence of an active programme of scholarship and research.

− Research collaborations are developed.

− Individual or collaborative research grant applications are submitted.  

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

− Regular contributions are made to the Programme/Divisional administration, as appropriate, relative to workload norms and expectations.

− Safe and healthy work practices are followed.  University policies and procedures, relevant work standards and statutory obligations are complied with. 




● A PhD in a relevant discipline.


● A recognised teaching qualification. ● A current practicing certificate or willingness to renew certification.


● 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 others in contexts where educational outcomes are sought. ● Demonstrates a high level of undergraduate teaching skills, including the ability to lecture to large numbers and conduct small group seminars and tutorials effectively. ● Ability to provide a significant contribution to the graduate and postgraduate programme including the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students. ● Demonstrated commitment to using innovative teaching methods and materials e.g. online and distance delivery techniques, team teaching skills. ● An established and high-level record of research and publishing or equivalent at a national and preferably international level and an active programme of scholarship. ● Demonstrated success in attracting and supervising high quality postgraduate research students. ● Ability to apply information and communication technologies to achieve desired outcomes and maintain and update those skills. ● Ability to make a significant contribution to School administration and at Divisional and University level where appropriate. ● A proven ability to communicate and work effectively with staff and students. ● Time management skills.


● Understanding of bicultural approaches and knowledge of Māori perspectives.   ● Understanding and knowledge of Pasifika perspectives and development as it applies to Pasifika communities. ● Demonstrated success in attracting external research funding and in completing grant applications. ● Demonstrated knowledge and experience of evaluative visiting of students on practicum.


● 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 or chairperson. ● 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 a culture of openness, flexibility and cooperation to achieve excellence in academic programmes, research and service. ● Commitment to equal opportunity and to the University’s partnership with Māori as intended by the Treaty of Waitangi.

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