Lecturer, Mātauranga Māori Communication Design

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Wellington
  • Do you have a developing record of scholarly research and creative practice that focuses on Māori visual traditions and languages?
  • Are you able to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds?
  • Do you have good oral and written communication skills?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Lecturer in Mātauranga Māori Communication Design to join the School of Design Innovation. The position calls for a strong professional portfolio, research or writing in communication design with a focus on indigenous knowledge and experience teaching and working within interdisciplinary groups on successful, published projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • On-going research activity
  • Academically rigorous teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Actively engage with industry, government, professions and diverse communities
  • Contribute to the collegial development of the major, School and Faculty in service roles

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be familiar with contemporary discourse in the field of Māori visual languages and traditions and possess a broad understanding of the value diversity brings to communication design.

A specialisation and evidence of success in one or more of the following is preferred:

  • visual communication
  • illustration
  • information design
  • critical writing in design

However, we are open to applications from a wide range of candidates that may contribute to researching and teaching in the area of Communication Design where there is a focus on indigenous knowledge. Strong evidence portfolios of creative work or research and student work is necessary.

A broad appreciation of cultural acumen now considered fundamental to the discipline will help you thrive in this role. Your engagement with Mātauranga Māori ideologies will enable a wider distribution of this knowledge across our Bachelor of Design Innovation. You will encourage a collaborative and supportive environment and a positive impact on the recruitment, retention and successes of Māori students and staff.

Key requirements:

  • A developing record of scholarly research and creative practice that focuses on Māori visual traditions and languages
  • Demonstrated evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated evidence of some successful teaching in a relevant field at tertiary level
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • A completed PhD in a relevant field, or other relevant qualifications commensurate with the role

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Victoria University's Faculty of Architecture and ;Design, Te Wahanga Waihanga-Hoahoa, is a unique and leading centre of design and architecture in New Zealand. The Faculty's facilities are widely acknowledged as some of the best in Australasia. The Faculty is based in a radically remodelled former cargo building, which is an award-winning landmark in central Wellington.

The mission of the School of Design Innovation is to enhance teaching, learning, research and creative activities across the design disciplines whilst enabling each discipline to retain its distinctive focus. Studio-centred, the School engages with a wide range of ideas and issues relating to the understanding, creation and production of material and visual culture, and supports both professional and academic viewpoints as they reflect, embody and contribute to enhancing the quality of life of our communities.

Please go to our careers site to view the role description.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Nan O'Sullivan (nan.osullivan@vuw.ac.nz) but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click the apply now button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Monday, 24 January 2022.

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