Lecturer, Communication Studies

Otago, New Zealand
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Who we are

The University of Otago is a research-intensive university with a long history of excellence. Ranked within the top 1% of universities in the world, the University of Otago recognises that our staff are the key to our success.

Our Media, Film, and Communication Programme within the School of Social Sciences in the Division of Humanities offers courses leading to the academic degrees of BA, BASc, BA(Hons), Dip Grad, MA and PhD. Research is an integral part of what we do, with staff members and students spending significant time on research activities. Our staff have established reputations in their areas of expertise and the programme as a whole has an energetic research culture.

The role

We are seeking to appoint two outstanding Lecturers to join our Media, Film, and Communication Programme at the University of Otago. These roles are full-time, permanent (confirmation path) positions. Both Lecturers will teach primarily into the Communication Studies area.

The positions provide the opportunity to work within a strong and forward-looking programme dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, as well as a spirit of collegiality. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate level, be involved in postgraduate supervision, and carry out a programme of independent research.

In this role you will be expected to make a strong contribution to several of the following areas of our developing curriculum:

  • Critical communication and cultural theory.
  • News media.
  • Advertising and consumer culture.
  • Intercultural communication.
  • Surveillance studies.
  • Environmental communication.
  • Writing for the media.
  • Indigenous or intersectional approaches.

We particularly welcome applications from Māori and Pasifika scholars with research interests in any area of Communication Studies, in particular Indigenous and/or intersectional approaches. The Media, Film, and Communication Programme is committed to strengthening its curriculum and research in mātauranga Māori and Pasifika and to supporting the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework and Pacific Strategic Framework.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong disciplinary grounding in Critical communication studies and also have:

  • A PhD in Communication Studies or cognate area.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at tertiary level.
  • Relevant research experience and corresponding publication record.
  • A commitment to developing collaborative working relationships with colleagues and to supporting the University's Māori, Pacific, and Sustainability strategic frameworks.

Further details

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and, combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin, provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from art and literature to outdoor activities.


Candidates are required to provide:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the person specification/personal attributes.
  • 3-4 referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

Applications quoting reference number 2100761 will close on Sunday, 23 May 2021.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100761

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago itekaupapawhakaoritewhiwhinga mahi.