Professional Practice Fellow - Primary Education (Art and Māori)

University of Otago

  • Full Time
  • Otago


About us

The University of Otago College of Education is dedicated to the enhancement of educational practice through high quality teaching, scholarship, research, professional leadership, and community service, and to benefit children, other learners, educators, and the wider community (in local, national, and international settings).

The College of Education's enrolment has increased and looks to continue to grow over the next few years. We are particularly interested in enhancing our commitment to Māori educational issues and the University's Māori Strategic Framework.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a permanent full-time Professional Practice Fellow in Primary Education; our hope is to attract candidates who can teach in an integrated curriculum approach, and who would ideally bring special expertise in the Arts and in Māori education. Flexibility in teaching in a variety of areas of the curriculum is highly desirable.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Supporting teaching in the primary education curriculum of the Bachelor of Teaching and Master of Teaching and Learning degrees. This includes preparation, assessment, teaching and paper administration duties under the supervision of the course coordinators and the Programme Coordinator (Primary).
  • Supervising students on professional experience placements.
  • Carrying out administration responsibilities.
  • Contributing to campus whanaungatanga, and the department's academic goals by applying and sharing expert knowledge in the professional discipline of education.
  • Recognising Te Ao o kā hapū o Ōtākou rūnaka - values, tikanga (processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions, and valuing Te Reo Māori in course content.
  • Consulting and working with the College of Education Māori studies coordinator and appropriate staff to ensure courses develop cultural confidence and competence in graduates.

You will be supported through a collegial academic environment, an active and dynamic research culture, and through efficient professional services across the University. The opportunity exists within this position to pursue doctoral study at the College of Education.

Your skills and experience

To be successful in this key role, you will have:

  • New Zealand teacher registration and current full practising certificate.
  • Relevant professional qualification in teaching.
  • A Master's degree.
  • Ability to teach the pedagogical content knowledge in several areas of the New Zealand curriculum with preference given to Art and Māori Studies.
  • Relevant professional experience in a primary school setting.
  • Proficiency in te reo Māori and knowledge of Māori education is desirable.
  • Ability to demonstrate and articulate effective pedagogy and educational theory.
  • Evidence of an ability to work well with students and staff, especially from differing academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • A strong commitment to te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, tangata whenuatanga, and te tiriti o Waitangi partnership in teaching and learning and to equal opportunity.

Further details

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus is ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from art and literature to outdoor activities.

This is a full-time, permanent position available from January 2021.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Jeff Smith, Dean, College of Education via the contact details below.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV.
  • A cover letter.
  • Three referee contact details.

To submit your application please click the apply button  Applications quoting reference number 2001445 will close on Sunday, 27 September 2020.


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