Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Literacy

Christchurch (Territorial authority), Canterbury (NZ)
07 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Teacher Education, College of Education, Health and Human Development
Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Full-time (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Applications are invited from senior academics who have a strong research profile in the area of children’s reading and literacy development and who have expertise to contribute to the teaching of Literacy/English curriculum to students in Primary Teacher Education. Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to lead and develop postgraduate courses related to children's literacy development, demonstrate evidence of effective supervision of Doctoral level students and be developing a track record of research success through externally funded research grants.

The School of Teacher Education offers exciting research and teaching opportunities through its new home in a world class facility, located in the heart of the University of Canterbury Ilam Campus. The building, which will be opened in October this year, will offer state of the art digital technologies and innovative learning and social spaces that encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary ways of working. The discipline of Education at the University of Canterbury is consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS 2017 rankings).

The successful applicant will have opportunities for international conference travel to support their research and teaching activities and will have the opportunity to network with international leaders in Education, Health Sciences and a range of disciplines through the University’s unique Erskine Fellowship and Canterbury Fellowship Scheme (which enables the University to host world leading academics) and through the University’s academic staff exchange programmes with Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK.

Applicants will require a Ph.D. or Ed.D in Education, or a related discipline, have experience working in educational contexts, and be a leader in scholarly and research achievements related to children's reading and literacy development. Research expertise in the area of reading comprehension is highly desirable, and expertise in English language learning, bilingual or mulitlingual language and literacy development would be of interest. A Tertiary Teaching qualification is desirable or the commitment to undertake such a qualification with the support of the School.

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The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

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The closing date for this position is Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume (and any additional attachments) combined into one document and submitted online.

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