Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

  • Join New Zealand's university of opportunity
  • Lead the faculty's learning & teaching strategy, innovation and staff development
  • Play a critical role within the Dean's Faculty Executive team

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is dynamic and vibrant with a hugely diverse body of students, staff and partners. As one of the world's top 50 young universities and New Zealand's newest, AUT is the university of opportunity where all students with talent and potential have the chance to succeed. We are a socially driven university with equity and excellence central to our purpose and actions, and we offer a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to government, business and industry.  AUT has over 29,000 students and around 4,000 staff across our three teaching campuses and is in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland­ - consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities.

Our Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (FHES) makes a critical contribution to addressing the wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Tiriti o Waitangi is at the heart of what we do. We transform minds by questioning the status quo - applying educational excellence in health, climate change, sport and environmental science, for sustainably connected communities. The faculty is committed to enhancing student equity of outcomes across our programs and to lead the transformation of health professional education for the benefit of the health system and communities in Aotearoa. It is AUT's largest faculty with over 6,100 EFTS and approximately 580 (FTE) deeply committed Faculty staff, who are focussed on strengthening and enhancing the student experience and contributing meaningful high-quality knowledge advance and research in health, science and sports science. The faculty has a presence on all AUT campuses within Auckland (City, North and South) as well as in specialist facilities and satellite locations around the country.

The faculty is seeking an innovative and collegial new Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (ADL&T) to become a key member of the Faculty's Executive team. With a new agenda around technology enhanced learning, blended learning and new forms of pedagogical practice, this role requires a visionary leader with a passion for innovation and the advancement of pedagogical practice. We expect cutting edge approaches to technology enhanced learning that will take us to the next level. The role will also be responsible for ensuring that best practices are disseminated and shared both internally and externally to enhance the reputation of the FHES and AUT. The ADL&T will support the quality assurance of Faculty teaching and learning and foster a culture of continuous improvement. This role will be based primarily on our North Shore campus but will include some travel to our City and South campuses when required too.

Key focus areas include:

  • Lead the development of innovative teaching and learning practices that advance personalised learning and the overall quality of our educational offer to students. This will include enhanced access developments as we respond  to the needs of communities and health sector partners.
  • Deliver a new strategy for the faculty's postgraduate programmes.
  • Lead the implementation of advances in learning technologies and digital and multimode practices in teaching and learning including innovations in learning design, along with and the development of rigorous authentic assessment and approaches to course evaluation.
  • Be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of data including sector-wide benchmarking to support continuous improvement
  • Uplift the learning and teaching capability and capacity of our academic community. Foster a positive culture of academic excellence in teaching and learning by leading academic debate relating to research in teaching and learning and by establishing a program of staff development.

You will also work closely with numerous external and internal stakeholders including the Faculty Dean, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning & Teaching, relevant professional bodies and will be an important part of various faculty committees. Four academic advisors currently report to this role.

For further details, please review the position description available for the role on the AUT Careers site.

Applications and Key Selection Criteria

A collegial and positive leadership style is essential. You will be recognised as a highly collaborative and influencing future-focused leader in learning and teaching who listens; whilst enabling innovation and encouraging proactivity to embrace AUT's energy and ideas and make things happen. Visionary and aspirational, you will embody trustworthiness, confidence and kindness. You will value diversity and work inclusively.

We welcome applications from ambitious senior learning and teaching leaders. We request applicants submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including full publication record) and a statement addressing the following

key selection criteria:

  1. Leadership of strategic developments in innovative student-centered teaching and assessment practices, and the use of teaching technologies in delivery. Please highlight successes understanding emerging technologies and how they might be adapted as tools in a higher education pedagogical environment.
  2. Sound practical knowledge in the field of higher education pedagogy. Leadership experience acquired through relevant health or science arenas is desirable.
  3. Experience of data-driven quality assurance models and the ability to evaluate and analyse sector-wide HE benchmarking data.
  4. Relevant experience establishing strategic partnerships within a pan-university or cross faculty context.
  5. A strong research and scholarship record of sustained excellence and a recognised contribution to the academic field in area of expertise.
  6. Values led and a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural issues.
  7. Experience in leading and implementing change within a participatory and consultative framework.
  8. Outstanding interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills, combined with a collaborative, inclusive, coaching and consultative approach to leadership
  9. A post-graduate qualification.

Further Information:

  • Start date: As soon as possible (to be agreed with the successful candidate)
  • Term: The successful candidate will secure a 4-year term to the role of Associate Dean (with potential for further extension of another term as agreed by mutual consent), and preferably also a permanent academic appointment as a Professor or Associate Professor.
  • Referees - Applicants should also provide names, contact details and clarification of relationship for at least three potential referees. Referees will not be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 29 May at 23:55 pm. We expect interviews to take place week commencing 27 June.

Reference: 81362

Please note: The New Zealand Government has announced a 5-step plan for a phased re-opening of Aotearoa's' international border. From 27 February 2022 various off-shore New Zealand Citizens, Residents and other nationalities meeting specific criteria and exemptions have been able to travel to New Zealand. Please visit Immigration New Zealand or the official COVID-19 website for further information. However, this phased reconnection will take time, meaning the degree to which an offshore candidate will be able to participate in the recruitment process for this role may still be impacted. In these instances, remote options will be in place.

At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to inclusivity and the Treaty of Waitangi and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.