Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Psychology

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Job description

School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Joint Centre for Disaster Research within the School of Psychology at Massey University are looking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for a Lecturer in Emergency Management within the Joint Centre for Disaster Research on the Wellington campus.

Candidates should have interests in, and demonstrated expertise for, research, supervision and teaching in a) emergency management; b) preparedness and responsiveness to disasters and emergencies. The successful applicant will have a commitment to developing a research programme within the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, as well as having the potential to attract external funding.

Applicants must have a PhD in Social Sciences. We are especially interested to hear from candidates who have established credibility within the Emergency Management or Civil Defence sector, and previous experience in designing and delivering professional training in the area. Experience of advisory roles to Government in relation to emergency management is also required. The appointee will be expected to contribute to a programme of teaching and research at postgraduate levels, and to supervise postgraduate research.

Collaborative teaching and research, involving colleagues working for Massey University, will be a priority. Staff may be required by the Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research or the Head of School of Psychology to teach for short periods on any campus of the University or by negotiation at overseas sites. As part of Massey University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the Joint Centre for Disaster Research and the School of Psychology incorporates a bicultural focus into its programmes.

The School offers degree programmes to doctoral level in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Sciences, and Emergency Management programmes at graduate and postgraduate level.

Appointment will be on either the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer Scale at a level comparative to qualifications and experience.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor David Johnson, Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, telephone +64 4 801-5799 extn 62168, facsimile +64 4 570-4600, e-mail D.M.Johnston@massey.ac.nz. Information about the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, the School of Psychology and the University can be accessed via http://psychology.massey.ac.nz/.

Job description
Purpose statement
To build capacity for emergency preparedness and responsiveness through supporting the Emergency Management programme and the research aspirations of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Responsible to
The head of School, through the Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Key accountabilities
• Undertake the teaching and course coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as required to contribute to, with an emphasis in the areas of emergency management and community resilience.

• Ongoing development of the structure and content of the courses(s) for which you are the Course Coordinator in collaboration with colleagues who also teach in these areas.

• Supervise honours, masters and/or doctoral level research projects.

• Undertake the teaching of courses intended for distance education students, on all campuses as required. To teach on a campus other than the one where you are situated.

• Maintain strong relationships with School of Psychology.

• Guest lecturing’ for other staff within the School.

• Contribute to the development of a supportive atmosphere for emergency management and psychology students on all campuses, and develop strategies for retention and achievement of all students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

• Undertake professional development activities consistent with teaching and supervision.

• Participate in the University’s formal procedures of evaluating teaching and course delivery.


• Initiate and undertake an original programme of research in your own area of expertise, so as to contribute to the School’s scholarly outputs in quality assured publications.

• Disseminate knowledge through scholarly research activities and publications; it would be expected that at least two articles per year would be published in refereed journals.

• Apply for external research funding to appropriate bodies.

• Participate in conferences to advance research interests.

• Engage fully in the supervision of postgraduate students’ research at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral level.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues on research projects.

• Undertake professional development activities to support successful research outcomes.

• Maintain strong relationships with community and CRI partner teams.

• Developing and maintaining an external awareness of the technical, economic, political, regulatory, environmental and social contexts in which the JCDR Team operates.

• To undertake research under the scope of the JCDR, and to initiate and develop opportunities for research in this area. Particular focus should be in vulnerable populations, community resilience and community wellbeing post disaster.

• Undertake continuing personal professional development.

• Contribute to the development of the JCDR and the health psychology environments through teamwork and cooperation.

• Contribute services to the Community, including participating in community activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University Charter and Strategic Plan.

• Co-operate within the School and share School objectives to advance the knowledge and practice of emergency management and community resilience.

• Ensure the observance of University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.

• Adhere to the rules and regulations of the University.

• Comply with the University’s obligations under the University’s Charter regarding equal employment and the Treaty of Waitangi.

• Other duties as required by the Director of JCDR and/or Head of School.

Person specification
PhD in social sciences

• Must have demonstrated research experience in the social sciences applied to emergency management and health psychology
• Experience of research in a tertiary setting
• Experience of research in the context of collaborative and/or stakeholder funded projects
• Must develop relationships with existing CRI partners, including GNS Science.
• Demonstrated ability to develop successful proposals for research funding.

Personal attributes and behaviours
• A publication and presentation record of high quality
• High level of oral and written communication skills
• Willingness and skill to work as a member of a team
• Skills in preparing research grants and executing externally funded research to a high standard
• Plans/organises and administers own work
• Facilitates student learning
• Supervises and assesses students’ work
• Work collaboratively with colleagues

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