Two permanent lecturer positions in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington

My programme is hiring two lecturers in cultural anthropology. These are junior level academic positions, equivalent to an assistant professor in the US. However, these jobs are permanent from the outset.

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School of Social and Cultural Studies

Pūkenga/Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology

Base Salary Range: NZ $80,276- $95,721 per annum

Permanent full-time positions

Reporting to Head of School

We invite applications for two Lecturers in the Cultural Anthropology Programme in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington. The successful applicants must have a completed PhD in Cultural Anthropology or a similar discipline (including, but not limited to, Māori Studies and Pacific Studies), some experience teaching at a tertiary level, and a developing research profile, including evidence of scholarly publications.

Position One: We specifically seek applicants with expertise on human rights, humanitarianism, and/or health in post-conflict or postcolonial settings.

Position Two: Applicants conducting innovative research and teaching in areas that complement our existing areas of expertise are welcome. Expertise in visual/multimodal ethnography is desirable.

Successful candidates will develop new areas of teaching and research while also contributing to the development and delivery of core courses in Cultural Anthropology. A typical teaching load is three 12-week courses per academic year. Supervision of postgraduate research and administrative duties in the programme and school will also be expected. This position will commence from early February 2023, though later start dates can be negotiated.

The permanent positions represent an exciting opportunity for outstanding early-career scholars to join our programme. We are one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most active anthropology programmes, with a focus on socially engaged research and innovative teaching. We have a strongly collegial culture which actively supports early-career academics.

We are committed to greater equity and diversity, and supporting research and teaching that addresses issues relevant to Māori, Pasifika and indigenous peoples, engages mātauranga Māori, and upholds our programme’s responsibilities to te Tiriti o Waitangi. We are interested in working with collaborative scholar-educators who share these goals. We aim to become a leading centre for anthropology in Australasia and beyond, and the successful applicants will be actively involved in shaping the Programme’s future directions.

Further information can be found at:

Key Result Areas

The Key Result Areas of Research, Learning and Teaching, External Engagement and Leadership/Hautūtanga are the basis for the primary duties and responsibilities of the role. Areas of focus will be agreed annually with the Head of School in the Performance Development and Career Plan (PDCP) Process. Other duties may be required from time to time as directed by the Head of the School.


On-going research activity at a level appropriate to the career stage of a Lecturer as evidenced by:

  • A developing record of scholarly research and a research agenda.
  • Some publishing in disciplinary-relevant internationally refereed journals (i.e. where the refereeing process is of international standing) and/or with academically reputable national and/or international presses.
  • Some indicators of the impact and significance, or potential for impact and significance, of research activities.
  • Where appropriate, encouraging, contributing to and producing research outputs in the form of substantial creative works (e.g. creative performance etc.).
  • Where appropriate, contributing to research which provides cultural innovation or socioeconomic benefits), nationally and internationally.
  • Participating in research teams that may include members from other disciplines and institutions and that address national or international priority areas.
  • Where possible, incorporating Māori and Pasifika perspectives and interests into your research.
  • Engaging constructively and productively on research interests with colleagues within and outside the University.
  • Successfully attracting Honours, and Masters and/or PhD students into the discipline, School or Faculty.
  • Commitment to seeking and successfully attracting internal and/or national level funding for research activities.

Learning and Teaching

Commitment to learning and teaching as evidenced by:

  • Commitment to teaching with academic rigour and to promoting students’ learning in the discipline in general and in your specialist area.
  • Successful teaching, as evidenced by peer and student feedback.
  • Developing and maintaining a high standard of learning and teaching through professional development initiatives such as regularly seeking feedback and evaluation of your teaching practice, and using this to review and update your teaching practice.
  • Conducting learning and teaching in accordance with University policy, including assessment, course co-ordination and course materials.
  • Regularly reviewing courses to ensure continuing relevance and incorporation of new research.
  • Where possible, incorporating Māori and Pasifika perspectives in course content and teaching practice.
  • Successfully supervising Honours, and Masters and/or PhD students to completion.
  • Familiarity with innovation in learning and teaching practice and technology and adoption of new technologies and other appropriate innovations in support of teaching development.
  • Contributing to innovations in learning, teaching and assessment within the discipline and more widely across the University, including demonstrating digital fluency.

External Engagement

Commitment to engagement with the wider community as evidenced by some of the following indicators:

  • Engaging effectively with industry, government, professions and diverse communities.
  • Engaging with professional or disciplinary bodies and, where appropriate, contributing effectively to a role in your professional body or disciplinary community.
  • Engaging in external activities that align to and support research
  • Representing the interests of the University in relevant disciplinary and non-disciplinary fora at national and international levels.


Commitment to leadership/hautūtanga as evidenced by some of the following indicators:

  • Contributing to the collegial development of the Programme, School and Faculty through respectful and transparent interactions with colleagues.
  • Contributing to School, Faculty or University administrative or committee roles.
  • Contributing to the University’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi – and equity obligations and/or objectives.

Behavioural Indicators

The University’s core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity and empathy. The person appointed to this role will understand and be committed to the values in the following ways:

  • Student Focus
    • listens to and understands the needs of students and meets those needs through a professional, courteous and empathetic approach o is an active and visible role model for students at all levels, is regularly available and accessible to students and motivates them to succeed in their studies o commits to teaching and supervision of students in ways which ensure and enhance student experience and endeavour
  • Integrity
    • acts ethically and consistently
  • Academic Integrity
    • commits to the discipline and to collegial decision-making
    • maintains high professional and ethical standards
    • has enthusiasm for teaching and research o promotes an inclusive culture for learning
  • Innovation
    • encourages the discussion, free debate and generation of creative ideas and solutions in teaching and research
  • Equity and Diversity
    • considers equity/diversity perspectives (e.g. Māori, Pasifika, international students/staff, gender, disability) and supports the success of colleagues and students in these groups
    • values the diversity of the student population and ensures equity in teaching, supervision and collaborative practices
    • seeks to attract and support students from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pasifika and international students
  • Communication
    • communicates clearly and in a variety of ways to suit the situation and needs of the recipients
  • Collegiality
    • deals with colleagues and others in a respectful and fair way
  • External Relationships
    • builds and maintains productive and beneficial external relationships and networks

Health and Safety/Emergency Management

  • Accepts personal responsibility for own safety and wellbeing
  • Complies with the University’s Health and Safety Policy
  • Demonstrates actions in an emergency situation that are specific to the workplace and promote safety

Staff Conduct Policy

The person appointed to this role will be expected to behave in accordance with the “Standards of Conduct” and the overarching “Values” both of which are outlined in the University’s Staff Conduct Policy.

Person Specification

CriteriaEssential/DesirableMeans of Assessment
Education & QualificationsA completed PhD in a relevant field at time of application, or other relevant qualifications commensurate with the role.EssentialCertificates
Experience & KnowledgeA developing record of scholarly research and publication and/or creative workEssentialApplication
A research agendaEssentialApplication
Demonstrated evidence of some successful teaching in a relevant field at tertiary levelEssentialApplication
Competencies & SkillsDemonstrated evidence of good oral and written communication skillsEssentialApplication
Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgroundsEssentialApplication
Evidence of successfully attracting funding for research activitiesDesirableEvidence of published papers, funding received and roles held
Other Attributes/AbilitiesEvidence of commitment to the use of technology and innovation to enhance teaching and researchDesirableApplication
Essential Criteria = requirements without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full expectations of the role. Applicants who have not clearly demonstrated in their application that they possess the essential requirements will not normally be shortlisted.
Desirable Criteria = requirements which would be useful for the candidate to hold. For the purposes of shortlisting, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.

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