Professional Practice Fellow - Secondary Education (Māori and Pacific)

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. 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 Secondary Education with strengths in secondary English education, the ability to teach a variety of courses in the College curriculum, and background in Māori and/or Pasifika education. This role represents an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to our teacher education students.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Supporting teaching in the secondary English curriculum and professional studies strands of the Master of Teaching and Learning degree. This includes preparation, assessment, teaching, and paper administration duties under the supervision of the course coordinators and the Programme Coordinator (Secondary).
  • 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.

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:

  • Relevant professional qualification in teaching.
  • New Zealand teacher registration and current full practising certificate.
  • A Master's degree.
  • Ability to teach the pedagogical content knowledge related to secondary English and other areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.
  • Relevant professional experience in a secondary school setting.
  • Experience in Māori/Pasifika education desirable.
  • Proficiency in te reo Māori and knowledge of Māori education is desirable.
  • Evidence of an ability to work well with students and staff from differing academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • A strong commitment to te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, 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 2001446 will close on Sunday, 27 September 2020.


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