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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Strategic Communication

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Te Tari Mātai Pāpāho | Department of Media and Communication

Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand 

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position
  • Start date: 15 January 2023 

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Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

The Media and Communication department is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Strategic Communication. The role has input across the wider department, with regard to administration, leadership, and developing synergies in teaching. The principal duties of the role will be the coordination and delivery of Media and Communication courses on Strategic Communication, with particular responsibility for teaching onto and leading the Master of Strategic Communication and the Communication Strategy and Practice major in the undergraduate Bachelor of Communication. Present courses that the successful candidate would teach (although these can be redesigned based on the candidate’s expertise) are an undergraduate course, ‘Introduction to Strategic Communication,’ and two postgraduate courses, ‘Strategic Communication Theory’ and ‘Application and Campaign Planning with Social Data Analysis.’ Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, postgraduate thesis supervision, research, administrative tasks, outreach, and supervision of tutors. The University is committed to developing bi-culturally competent, community-engaged and globally aware graduates and teaching which supports students’ ability to understand and interact effectively. Your teaching and professional development will reflect these values.

Mōu | Who You Are

To be successful in this role, you will have, or be currently completing, a PhD in communication, or a related field. You will be proficient in teaching and developing a reflective pedagogical practice, with experience teaching or tutoring at tertiary level. A clear teaching philosophy should be apparent in all applicants. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of recent developments in both research/scholarship and professional practice in this field. You will have an established research portfolio, or be developing a research practice.  Industry experience and a demonstrable passion for building connections within the communication industry will be an advantage. 

The University is committed to building Māori capacity within the field of Media and Communication, and knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with te ao Māori would be an advantage. You will be motivated to promote UC’s values which include whanaungatanga – valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga – extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga – enhancing and nurturing our resources. 

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

Te Tari Mātai Pāpāho, the Department of Media and Communication examines the influence and impact of the media and new information technologies and shows how communication and media work within a broader social context, drawing on both the arts and social sciences. Through its Bachelor of Communication degree, various postgraduate offerings, and the BA major and minor, it aims to produce graduates who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to use their communication skills to make a difference in the world. Our academics are active researchers with international publication records and particular strengths in journalism, international media and politics, and critical analysis of the media from a wide range of perspectives.  

For more information about our team, please visit us at UC Media & Communication

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

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

In 2023 UC is celebrating 150 years of accessible education. The past, the present and the future are intertwined. For more information on our 150th Anniversary visit us here. 

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here.

We are 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.

What we offer

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • relocation support
  • widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • University and Faculty scholarship support for graduate students
  • generous annual leave provisions
  • flexible working arrangements
  • supportive working environment
  • professional development and study opportunities
  • living in revitalised Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • a unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

For more information on our Benefits, please visit

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies:   

The salary range for this position is: Lecturer grade 2.01 ($89,645) to Associate Professor grade 6.04 ($159,640). 

The closing date for this position is: 24 September 2023 (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 and should include the following:

  • a cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals and teaching philosophy (combined)
  • a Resume which includes a list of relevant research publications (combined). 

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at [email protected] 

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Zita Joyce, [email protected].   

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

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