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Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology

Victoria University
Wellington (NZ)
Closing date
Apr 24, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
  • Have you completed a PhD in Cultural Anthropology or similar and interested in being a lecturer starting January 2025?
  • Do you have experience teaching at a tertiary level and have evidence of scholarly publications?
  • Are you a collaborative scholar-educator and committed to providing high-quality teaching?

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 permanent, full-time Pūkenga - Lecturer (equivalent to tenured assistant professor) to join the Cultural Anthropology programme. We specifically seek applicants conducting innovative teaching and research in the Anthropology of Science and Technology Studies. The successful applicant must have a completed PhD in Cultural Anthropology or a similar discipline (including, but not limited to, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Indigenous Studies, or Science and Technology Studies). Additional expertise in mātauranga Māori or Indigenous science is desirable, along with a regional specialization in Aotearoa, Asia, or the Pacific broadly conceived. This position will commence January 2025.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of core courses in the Cultural Anthropology programme.
  • Develop new curricula and research in areas related to the anthropology of Science and Technology Studies.
  • Supervise MA and PhD researchers to completion.
  • Contribute to Hautūtanga/ leadership, administrative roles, and engagement with the wider community.
  • Be part of an active, collegial team committed to equity and diversity, and aspiring to research and teaching that engages mātauranga Māori and upholds our responsibilities to te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a collaborative scholar-educator, committed to high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, who has an innovative independent research agenda in the anthropology of Science and Technology Studies. Māori, Pasifika, and Indigenous scholars are encouraged to apply.

Key requirements:

  • A completed PhD (in hand at time of application) in Cultural Anthropology or a similar discipline (including, but not limited to, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Indigenous Studies, or Science and Technology Studies).
  • Experience in teaching at a tertiary level.
  • A research profile, with evidence of scholarly publications.
  • Capacity to work as part of a collegial team.

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

Cultural Anthropology at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is one of 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 aim to become a leading centre for anthropology in Australasia and beyond, and the successful applicant will be actively involved in shaping the Programme's future directions.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 8 April 2024 - We will be reviewing applications as they are received and may progress with suitable applicants prior to the application closing date.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Dr Lorena Gibson, Cultural Anthropology Programme Director ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form, please include the position title and reference number (Pūkenga - Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, 893).

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). Click Apply and follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the "CV/Resume" button.

If you are unable to combine your documents or have further supporting documents, please email these to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Reference 893.

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