Pūkenga / Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Wellington, New Zealand
07 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Pūkenga / Lecturer in Forensic Psychology.

  • Have you got demonstrated evidence of successful teaching in forensic psychology at University-level?
  • Do you have a PhD in psychology and a research agenda in the area of forensic psychology?
  • Are you developing a record of scholarly research and publications?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - 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 tūrangawaewae, 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.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Pūkenga/Lecturer in Forensic Psychology.

The University has an excellent research culture and Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology, is recognised as being within the top echelon of psychology departments in New Zealand. The Forensic Psychology team has an active research culture with a substantial number of postgraduate students and access to extensive networks in the community and research collaborations across Victoria, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world.

Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro hosts research laboratories in many of psychology's specialty areas; cognition, learning, social, cross-cultural, developmental, biological, clinical, and forensic psychology. Importantly, the School of Psychology has a strong commitment to equity and diversity, and specifically to bicultural practice in research and teaching consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Both staff and students at Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro are enthusiastic about building and further developing our new Bachelor of Psychology, which includes a major in Criminal Justice Psychology. Moreover, the School is home to the only MSc programme in Forensic Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The successful applicant will preferentially have a focus on clinical forensic psychology or health and mental health in a forensic context. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, forensic mental health and intellectual disabilities in a forensic context, investigative psychology, eyewitness testimony, offender rehabilitation, and human aggression.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a motivated, student-focused individual who can take the initiative, provide excellent administration and policy compliance. You will thrive in this role with an excellent manner with people and strong attention to detail. You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of performance.

Key requirements:

  • A PhD in psychology
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful teaching in forensic psychology at University-level teaching and learning in the discipline of forensic psychology, with demonstrated quality in the delivery of teaching programmes, and evidence of commitment to the use of different pedagogies and technologies to enhance teaching and research
  • A developing record of scholarly research and publications
  • A research agenda in the area of forensic psychology, preferably with a focus on clinical forensic psychology, or health and mental health in a forensic context
  • Demonstrated evidence of some successful teaching in the area of forensic psychology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal skills and a proven capacity to develop strong relationships with university colleagues, relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusivity, and diversity
  • Evidence of successfully attracting funding for research activities, or distinct potential to do so

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is fast-paced, likes sharing ideas, and working in a collaborative style. We offer you strong professional development programmes and learning and development programmes for te reo Māori. You will also have the opportunity to work with the whānau team at the Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology. Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand's first-ranked university for research, and the Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology has an outstanding record and reputation in its teaching, public engagement, and research.

Role description

Alternatively, if you are interested in a three-year fixed-term role, click here: Pūkenga - Lecturer (Teaching) in Forensic Psychology

Applications close on Monday, 2 October 2023.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Juan J. Canales (juan.j.canales@vuw.ac.nz). But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

Download and complete the university application form.

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV, and the university application form into a single file (preferably in pdf format).

Click 'Apply Now' button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the university application form) using the 'CV/Resume' button.

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

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