Lecturer in Indigenous Development/Indigenous Studies - 2001822

University of Otago

  • Permanent
  • Otago


Our School 

Founded in 1990, Te Tumu has rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the preferred places in New Zealand to learn about Māori, Pacific and Indigenous languages, cultures and societies. Our multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, students, research and teaching is reflected in our name Te Tumu, a pan-Polynesian term which is often used in Māori in the phrase te tumu herenga waka - a post for tying up canoes. We liken ourselves as a foundation which staff, students and guests can anchor themselves to for the duration of their stay at the University of Otago.

Our School offers undergraduate and postgraduate study to PhD level in three programmes: Māori Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, and Indigenous Development, as well as the Master of Indigenous Studies, tailored especially for distance students. Our staff have established reputations in their areas of expertise and the programme as a whole has an energetic research culture.

The role

Applications are invited for a Lecturer position in Te Tumu, School of Māori, and Pacific & Indigenous Studies. The position offers an academic career in a well-established and progressive School with a proud teaching and research record. This is a full time, permanent (confirmation path) position.

The successful candidate will teach three papers related to their research expertise in a subject relevant to Indigenous Development/Studies, and develop and maintain a programme of high quality research and publications. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake service roles, including administration, appropriate to the School, the University and wider Indigenous communities.

Te Tumu has a strong postgraduate research culture, and you will also be expected to undertake the supervision of student research.

Your skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will have:

• A PhD (or close to completion) in a field relevant to Indigenous Development or Indigenous Studies.
• Teaching experience at tertiary level.
• Ideally, some peer reviewed research publications and experience of postgraduate supervision.
• Evidence of an ability to work with students and staff from differing academic and cultural backgrounds and at all levels of the institution.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• A strong commitment to developing collaborative working relationships with colleagues. 

Expertise in any of the following areas would be an advantage:

• An indigenous perspective on the environment, climate change, globalisation, well-being or economic development.
• Ngāi Tahu culture.

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 has been 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.

If you are looking for an exciting new opportunity and would like to learn more about joining our team, then please contact Professor Michael Reilly, Dean, Te Tumu, Division of Humanities, via the contact details below.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

• CV
• Cover letter
• Names and email addresses of at least three referees

Applications quoting reference number 2001822 will close on Sunday, 6 December 2020.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=2001822

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy. 

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


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