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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Science Communication

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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Albany or Palmerston North

School of English and Media Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We are looking for a permanent full-time faculty member with a track record of quality research and teaching in Science Communication or closely related field(s), in a diverse teaching environment.

Applications are invited for a permanent, full-time Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Science Communication within the School of English and Media Studies. Secondary areas of expertise are open, but demonstrated versatility in one or more of the following areas will be an advantage: digital rhetoric/digital literacies, digital humanities, academic writing, digital media studies, and/or creative writing will be an advantage.

The position will be based either at Massey’s Auckland or Manawatu campus in New Zealand. The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. A start date of mid January 2019 is preferred but alternative start dates will be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to take primary responsibility for current first-year undergraduate writing courses for information sciences, engineering and food technology students, and to teach into one or more courses in technical or professional writing for second- and third-year students. In addition, the successful applicant will support undergraduate writing courses in the sciences and humanities and social sciences, and contribute to the future development of writing and literacy studies within the School at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The School of English and Media Studies has a strong record in teaching excellence and pastoral care in an interactive learning environment with a diverse student body. The School teaches courses in on-campus and distance learning modes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The successful applicant will have a completed PhD at the time of application. University teaching experience, academic publications and other evidence of ongoing research activity will be expected.

Enquiries should be directed to Joanne Ervine, Administrator, School of English and Media Studies, phone: 64-9-213-6906, email:

Job description
Purpose statement
To enhance the learning and qualification outcomes of Massey’s students and the scholarly ouputs of the University by undertaking an effective programme of teaching; undertaking research including research supervision of students; engaging in the pursuit of external funding; providing administrative and professional service to the University and broader academic or professional communities.

Responsible to
Head of School

Key accountabilities

Undertake effective undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Develop and teach major curriculum components of courses.
Coordinate and administer the teaching of subjects.
Supervise the research activities of postgraduate students.
Undertake continuing personal professional development.

Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme or participate in team-based research.
Regularly publish articles or other scholarly works in academic journals and review papers.
Present research and act as a discussant at academic conferences.
Generate research funding.
Service to the Community

Participate in community service activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University’s Charter and Strategic Plan.
Assist the School to develop an environment which gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
University Responsibilities

Serve productively on University and/or School committees.
Ensure the observance of University policy, performance standards and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.
Contribute to the development of a School working environment of teamwork and cooperation.
Any other duties that are consistent with this position, as required by the Head of School.

Person specification
Completed PhD at time of application in Rhetoric & Composition, Communication, Media Studies, or other closely relevant field.

Demonstrable teaching experience at appropriate University levels and research expertise in appropriate subject areas.

Personal attributes and behaviours
Competence in all areas of professional activity.
A strong sense of professionalism.
Suitable skills in time management.
Strong interpersonal skills.
The ability to maintain good collegial relationships, and a willingness to engage in team-work.
The capacity to lead tutors (teaching assistants) in the delivery of courses.

How to apply

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All applications should include a letter of application, a full Curriculum Vitae, and the names of three referees (with full contact details). These should be submitted before the closing date.

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