Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies)

University of Otago

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Otago


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua to join the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, in Te Wai Pounamu, the stunning South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is committed to to ensuring the equitable inclusion of indigenous knowledge and expertise in all of its scholarly activities. This position intends therefore to further enable the Centre to strengthen its curriculum and research in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi, the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework, indigenous peace traditions and biculturalism. This position affords a kaupapa based opportunity to research and teach matauranga Māori, indigenous peace traditions, social justice, indigenous rights and Treaty based issues of peace and conflict. The appointee will conduct research that is transformative and beneficial for Māori/Moriori communities thus contributing to a multidisciplinary, internationally recognised research, teaching and practice Centre.

The Role

In this role you will contribute uniquely to the Centre's excellent teaching and learning culture and to our national and international research profile.

You will be responsible for:

  • Teaching postgraduate students in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies, broadly defined.
  • Contributing to the research activities of the Centre, including publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support and supervising research students.
  • Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the Division of Humanities and its responsibilities within the University and wider community.

Your Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will ideally hold a Doctorate by the time of appointment.

To be successful in the role, the candidate must also have:

  • Significant experience in matauranga Māori research and in teaching from kaupapa Māori and or Moriori perspectives.
  • Significant experience in developing and contributing to graduate and post-graduate teaching, research and learning environments that enable engagement of students and staff with te ao Māori/Moriori, te reo Māori/ta re Moriori and mātauranga Māori/Moriori.
  • Significant experience of networking with iwi based, faith based and other statutory agencies committed to Māori/Moriori development.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrable competence in upholding nga tikanga a te Māori whanui and or nga tikane a te Moriori.
  • Commitment to and engagement with nga tikanga o mana whenua, Ngai Tahu upon whose land Otago University is located.
  • Commitment to rigour and ethics in research and teaching, as well as attested collegiality.
  • Relevant academic administrative experience.
  • A willingness to participate collegially in the academic life of the Centre and participate in a range of service roles in the Centre/Division/University and professional life.
  • A willingness to participate collegially in University based activities beyond the Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies.

In addition, the successful candidate will be required to uphold the values and aims of the MOU between the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust.

Further Details

This is a full-time confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, based in Dunedin.

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative and committed scholar to make a significant contribution within their chosen discipline while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic Centre and University.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the Person Specification/Personal Attributes.
  • 3-4 Referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

Applications quoting reference number 2001071 will close on Sunday, 13 September 2020.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2001071

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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