Associate Professor and Programme Director in Global Studies, Faculty of Arts

Auckland, New Zealand
22 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

Our mission and values place a strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking an outstanding academic leader at the Associate Professor level to direct our research, teaching, and service activities in Global Studies. We are interested in appointing a leading transdisciplinary scholar whose scholarly activities contribute to any of the four major streams within the degree: global politics and human rights, environment and sustainability, international business, and transnational cultures.

Key responsibilities in the role include:

  • Teaching - Teaching and supervising in person and online as required; development of new courses as required, implementation of innovative pedagogies as appropriate.
  • Supervision - Research-informed supervision of dissertation and thesis students.
  • Mātauranga Māori - A commitment to embedding an understanding of the University’s role as a te Tiriti partner, and our responsibility to engage with Mātauranga Māori in our teaching, research and service. We are especially interested in the expertise of Māori and Indigenous scholars (as well as scholars whose work is aligned to these values), and Indigenous dimensions of Global Studies, particularly in Māori and Pacific contexts.
  • Research - The appointed person will have and maintain a level of research outputs in accordance with the Academic Standards for Associate Professors and develop a strong individual research program in their field of expertise.
  • Service - The appointed person will participate in development and service at the School and Faculty level in accordance with grade. As this is a senior appointment, the role will contribute significantly to the various leadership responsibilities associated with programme operations under the title of Programme Director.

Launched in 2018, Auckland’s Global Studies Programme is the oldest in Aotearoa New Zealand and the largest in terms of enrollments and degree offerings in the Southern Hemisphere. Global Studies at Auckland includes a 650+ undergraduate student community, a rapidly growing Masters degree, a newly launched PhD in Global Studies, and the appointed candidate will contribute to supervision at the doctoral and sub-doctoral levels. Learn more about our Global Studies Programme here.

This is a fulltime (40 hours per week), permanent opportunity.
The remuneration is from $151,752 per annum, dependent on skills and experience.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description. 

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidate will preferably have a research background in the Pacific, Latin America or Europe, alongside language competency in a language other than English in one of these regions.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A PhD in Global Studies or a discipline cognate to Global Studies (e.g., anthropology, international studies, geography, history, sociology, political science, philosophy, comparative literature, area studies, linguistics, religious studies, communication, development studies, Māori studies, Pacific studies).
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, in particular in Global Studies, and capacity to develop both an independent and collaborative research programme.
  • A record of advanced scholarly achievement in publications and grant applications in accordance with the Academic Standards for Associate Professor.
  • Experience in leading transdisciplinary programmes and activities. Track record of coordinating and facilitating relationships across the university.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. 

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

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services. 

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 1 November 2023 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Click here to apply.

Please reach out to Elsa Clune, via, for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information


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