Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology (A092-18CA)

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Job description

School of People, Environment and Planning, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Application are invited for a lectureship in Social Anthropology to be located on the Albany Campus in Auckland. The appointee will possess a doctorate in Social or Cultural Anthropology and will have relevant research expertise in the anthropology of religion, and will be expected to contribute to the teaching of core Anthropology papers in the undergraduate major.

The School of People, Environment and Planning is seeking to appoint a lecture/senior lecturer in Social Anthropology to be located on the Albany Campus in Auckland. Social Anthropology is a key social science programme within the School which has a presence on both the Manawatu and Albany campuses.

The appointee will possess a doctorate in Social or Cultural Anthropology and will have relevant research expertise, teaching experience, and significant publications. There is a strong preference for expertise in the anthropology of religion, and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of the core papers in the undergraduate major (Introductory Anthropology, Theory, and Methods).

The appointee will develop and teach (both internally and via distance education) undergraduate and postgraduate students, and provide supervision at Masterate and PhD level. Most teaching will be conducted on the Albany campus, however the School uses video-linked teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute to appropriate teaching at a distance using a variety of technologies.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the Social Anthropology programme’s undergraduate and postgraduate offerings, to its research and publication profile, and to collegial relations within the programme and in the School more broadly. They will also contribute to the strategic development of the College at the Albany campus.

Level of position and salary are commensurate with experience.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Associate Professor Jeff Sluka (j.sluka@massey.ac.nz). Other enquiries may be made to the Head of the School of People, Environment and Planning, Professor Glenn Banks (g.a.banks@massey.ac.nz).

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 undergraduate and postgraduate teaching;
Develop and teach major curriculum components of courses;
Coordinate and administer the teaching of subjects;
Supervise the research activities of graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the supervision of students/research projects at a postgraduate level; and
Undertake continuing personal professional development.


Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme or participate in team-based research;
Publish papers or other scholarly works in academic journals and review papers;
Present research and act as a discussant at academic conferences; and
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; and
Assist the School to develop an environment which gives effect to the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University Responsibilities

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

Person specification
Relevant Masters or PhD qualification and demonstrated teaching and research expertise.

A record of research, publication and teaching that is appropriate to the level of lecturer;
Demonstrated teaching and research experience in a university or other tertiary teaching environment; and
Experienced in the use of electronic and on-line technologies in blended and distance teaching delivery.

Personal attributes and behaviours
Proven competence in multiple modes and mediums of teaching, including electronic and on-line technologies;
Demonstrated ability in effective course design and development, curriculum content, and the presentation and layout of course and study materials;
Ability to link course materials with well-defined learning outcomes;
Proven record of rapport with students;
Clear, confident and skilled classroom presenter;
Proven competence in teaching, research, writing and supervising research projects and theses to completion;
Willingness to participate in peer review of teaching in order to continually improve own and colleagues’ teaching effectiveness;
Demonstrated track record of research activity;
Demonstrated collegiality in an academic teaching, research and service environment; and
Demonstrated contribution to university service responsibilities.

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