Professional Practice Fellow - Primary Education

University of Otago

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Otago


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, to benefit learners, educators, and the wider community (in local, national and international settings).

The role/Te mahi

We are seeking to appoint a permanent full-time Professional Practice Fellow in Primary Education; our hope is to attract candidates who can teach from an integrated curriculum perspective. The successful candidate would ideally bring special expertise in the English and Mathematics curriculum areas and in te reo and tikanga Māori in the primary education sector. 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.
  • Contributing to campus whanaungatanga, and the department's academic goals by applying and sharing expert knowledge in the professional discipline of education.
  • Recognising kā hapū o Ōtākou rūnaka - values, tikanga (processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions of our manawhenua and Kāi Tahu iwi, and valuing Te Reo Māori me kā tikaka 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.

Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

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 related to the learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum, with preference given to the English and Mathematics curriculum.
  • Relevant professional experience in a primary school setting.
  • Evidence of an ability to work well with students and staff, especially from differing academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated commitment to te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, tangata whenuatanga, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership and relationships in teaching and learning and to equal opportunity.
  • Proficiency in te reo Māori and knowledge of Māori and/or Pasifika education is desirable.

Further details/ Pūroko

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 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 early January 2022.

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

Application/ Tono

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 2101826 will close on Sunday, 17 October 2021.


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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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