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Lecturer in Political Communication

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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 tÅ«rangawaewae, 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.

About the role

The Political Science and International Relations programme in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington seeks to appoint a permanent Lecturer in Political Communication (equivalent to tenured assistant professor). The starting date is 11 January 2023 (negotiable).

About you

The Lecturer in Political Communication will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Political Party Communication and Elections; Digital Media and Political Communication; and/or Interest Groups, Social Movements and Civil Society. In addition to teaching courses in one or more of these areas, an ability to teach a course on research methods will be useful but all strong candidates are encouraged to apply. A PhD must be in hand prior to taking up the appointment as Lecturer.

This role will require preparation and delivery of graduate and undergraduate courses in Political Communication; an active research profile; and other teaching or administrative duties as agreed with the Head of School.

Why you should join our team

The Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) Programme in the School is New Zealand’s largest and oldest department of politics. It is in the top 100 in the world in the QS rankings. The programme has 24 academic staff and is responsible for teaching two majors within the Bachelor of Arts and one major within the Bachelor of Communications. The programme also offers four taught Master’s degrees, and attracts a significant number of research Master’s students and PhD students. Many of our staff are involved in international research collaborations and are on externally funded research projects. The diversity of our Programme’s research, teaching, engagement and leadership activities make it a dynamic and stimulating place to work and study.

Role Description

From 31 January 2022, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate will apply to all University staff, students, contractors and visitors. For more information see:

Contact details for vacancy

For further information about the role, please contact Dr Manjeet Pardesi, Head of Programme, Political Science and International Relations: [email protected] or Prof Aeron Davis for information on the Political Communication major: [email protected] 

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:

Download and complete the University Application 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 [email protected] stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

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