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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Anthropology (Pacific Region)

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School of Language, Social and Political Sciences | Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata

College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata

University of Canterbury| Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Located in Christchurch | Ōtautahi, New Zealand | Aotearoa 

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position 

Mōu | Who You Are

We invite applications for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor or Professor in anthropology. Applicants must have a PhD degree and a record of published research. Preference will be given to Maori/Pacific scholars with an understanding of Indigenous knowledge in a Pacific contexts.  

The successful candidate will: 

  • have a geographical focus on the Pacific region
  • have research and teaching strengths in environmental anthropology, particularly in areas of sustainable development, community health and wellbeing or resilience
  • have a strong background or potential for interdisciplinary teaching and research
  • possess demonstrated or emerging potential for successful community-engaged research and interdisciplinary collaboration with indigenous and/or other communities in Aotearoa New Zealand or other parts of the Pacific and a research programme capable of attracting external funding
  • be an outstanding teacher, with a strong commitment to developing excellent courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, not limited to anthropology, to students from diverse backgrounds; will maintain a strong research programme and win external research funding; will supervise postgraduate students; and will participate in departmental and university administration. The appointee will be expected to forge links with and contribute to the wider profession at the local, national and international levels. Applicants at the higher levels (Associate Professor & Professor) will be expected to play a leading role in developing interdisciplinary research clusters and/or programmes/qualifications, and in building international academic networks. 

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The Faculty of Arts is academically vibrant and culturally diverse, comprising of Aotahi: the School of Maori and Indigenous Studies; the School of Humanities and Creative Arts; and the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences. The College has a very broad research base including ten research centres and offers a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Members of the Faculty have won University awards in both research and teaching and have won a number of prestigious international research awards. 

For more information about our team, please visit us @ School of Language, Social & Political Sciences

Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata 

UC has recently developed a new institutional strategy – see

In this context, we encourage applications that demonstrate particular strength in transdisciplinary research, experience in developing effective international research collaborations, and experience in developing pedagogies that support life-long learning. 

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference. 

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 18,000 students. We are located in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: 

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit 

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 12 June 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date. 

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include: 

  • a ‘cover letter’ including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Anthropology team
  • a ‘resume’ which includes a list of relevant research publications. 

We do not accept applications by email; however, we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to [email protected] 

For further information specifically about the role please contact Zhifang Song, [email protected] 

Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website

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