Professional Practice Fellow - Early Childhood/Māori Education

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 significantly over the next few years. The changing demographics including those within the University's Māori enrolment and the deepening commitment of the College of Education to implementing its Māori Strategic Framework objectives has resulted in the establishment of a number of key positions within our team.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a permanent full-time Professional Practice Fellow to teach across the breadth of our Early Childhood Education programme, and who will engage in significant teaching of contextually and professionally relevant early childhood education focused te reo Māori within an English medium ITE programme. This role represents an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to our teacher education students.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Teaching in the Early Childhood Education programme, including preparation, assessment, teaching and paper administration duties under the supervision of the course coordinators and the Programme Coordinator (Early Childhood Education).
  • Supervising students on professional experience placements.
  • Carrying out administration responsibilities.
  • Contributing to campus whanaungatanga, and the College'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.

Your skills and experience

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

  • Current New Zealand teacher registration and Practicing Certificate Full Category 1 or 2.
  • At least a Master's degree.
  • Relevant professional experience in an early childhood setting.
  • Recent experience in teaching Te Whāriki New Zealand Curriculum and knowledge/understanding of tikanga Māori.
  • Ability to demonstrate and articulate effective pedagogy and educational theory.
  • Experience in Māori education is highly desirable.
  • Experience in supporting the learning needs of Māori and Pasifika students.
  • Fluency in te reo Māori.
  • Evidence of an ability to work well with students and staff from differing academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • A strong commitment is demonstrated to te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, tangata whenuatanga and te tiriti o Waitangi partnership in teaching and learning.

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 below. Applications quoting reference number 2001444 will close on Sunday, 27 September 2020.


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