Lecturer / Senior Lecturer position in Media Studies, Massey University, New Zealand

Position overview

Applications are invited for a full-time, ongoing Lectureship or Senior Lectureship (US equivalent Assistant/Associate Professor) in the Media Studies programme of the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University. This position is based at the Manawatu campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The School of English and Media Studies has a strong record in teaching excellence and pastoral care in an interactive learning environment. Courses are taught in internal and distance learning modes (including online delivery), at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School currently offers programmes in English, Media Studies, Creative Writing, Expressive Arts, Public and Professional Writing, and Theatre Studies.

We are looking for a candidate with research and teaching strengths in social and cultural approaches to media. All applications will be carefully considered, but we particularly encourage applicants with additional specialisations in one or more of the following areas: popular culture, critical and cultural theory, digital media, gender studies, critical race studies.
Media Studies is offered as a major in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Communication. The undergraduate programme in both degrees currently includes courses across three major areas of specialisation: digital media production, social/cultural approaches to media, and medium-specific approaches/methodologies, including screen studies. An ability to contribute to more than one area, and to teach into the compulsory course 154.101 Introduction to Media Studies, may be an advantage. The graduate programme is available in the Master of Arts and Master of Communication, and offers a selection of courses in the above areas. Candidates are encouraged to view the full range of courses via our website at ems.massey.ac.nz.

The successful applicant will have a PhD either completed or very near to completion at the time of application. Experience of University-level teaching and academic publication or other evidence of ongoing research activity is essential. The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. It is anticipated that the selected candidate will take up the appointment in January 2018.

Enquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Jenny Lawn (j.m.lawn@massey.ac.nz or +64 9 213 6337), School of English and Media Studies, Massey University.

Applications close on 20 September, 2017 and should be submitted via the Massey Careers website http://www.massey.ac.nz/joinus/. Applications should include a full CV and names and addresses of three referees. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job description

Purpose statement

To enhance the learning and qualification outcomes of Massey’s students and the scholarly ouputs of the University by undertaking an effective programme of teaching; undertaking research including research supervision of students; engaging in the pursuit of external funding; providing administrative and professional service to the University and broader academic or professional communities.

Responsible to
Head of School

Key accountabilities


1. Undertake effective undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
2. Develop and teach major curriculum components of courses.
3. Coordinate and administer the teaching of subjects.
4. Supervise the research activities of postgraduate students.
5. Undertake continuing personal professional development.


1. Undertake an active, appropriate and viable personal research programme or participate in team-based research.
2. Regularly publish articles or other scholarly works in academic journals and review papers.
3. Present research and act as a discussant at academic conferences.
4. Generate research funding.

Service to the Community

1. Participate in community service activities that further advance the profession or field and which are consistent with the University’s Charter and Strategic Plan.
2. Assist the School to develop an environment which gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

University Responsibilities

1. Serve productively on University and/or School committees.
2. Ensure the observance of University policy, performance standards and codes of practice in all teaching, research, community service and administrative practices.
3. Contribute to the development of a School working environment of teamwork and cooperation.

Any other duties that are consistent with this position, as required by the Head of School.
Person specification


Completed PhD at time of application in Media Studies or other closely relevant field.
Demonstrable teaching experience at appropriate University levels and research expertise in appropriate subject areas.
Personal attributes and behaviours
Competence in all areas of professional activity.
A strong sense of professionalism.
Suitable skills in time management.
Strong interpersonal skills.
The ability to maintain good collegial relationships, and a willingness to engage in team-work.
The capacity to lead tutors (teaching assistants) in the delivery of courses.