Professional Teaching Fellow - School of Biological Sciences

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Biological Sciences
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Number: 55566585

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The University of Auckland/Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau is inviting applications to join our team in the School of Biological Sciences/Te Kura Mātauranga Koiora (SBS) as a permanent academic staff member in the position of Professional Teaching Fellow (1.0 FTE).

In this role, you will:

  • Teach and coordinate courses at undergraduate level and participate in curriculum development, laboratory/tutorial teaching and coordination, assessment and academic pastoral care.  Teaching may be required at international partner institutions including in China for a period of approximately one month at a time.
  • Contribute to service-related activities (University and community).

Professional Teaching Fellows work in a collegial and collaborative teaching environment to deliver excellent student learning experiences, framed by Te Tiriti accountabilities. A key priority is to deliver accessible, equitable, lifelong higher education opportunities. The focus is on student-centric learning that is research informed, transdisciplinary, relevant and with impact for the world. The successful applicant will teach into and lead the coordination of undergraduate courses using pedagogical practices informed by an understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning and engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi . The role includes development and implementation of innovative teaching resources and assessment designed to enhance the student learning experience. The role involves pastoral care, as well as other relevant duties across undergraduate levels.

For more information regarding the role, please see the POSITION DESCRIPTION

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

SBS is a large, lively, and interdisciplinary School delivering excellence in research and teaching, with strong international and community links. We are in the heart of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, a harbourside city with rich cultural diversity, beaches, islands, iconic volcanoes, and lush forests. Auckland is consistently ranked in the top tier in global quality of life surveys.

SBS is home to the University of Auckland’s first and oldest Tuākana programme (est. 1991) which focuses on Māori and Pacific student academic learning success and more than 40% of our academic staff are women. The University of Auckland/Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau is committed to a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential in an inclusive and collaborative community of scholars. We welcome applications that will enhance the diversity of our staff and strengthen our links with diverse communities. Our staff and students can connect with our flagship Tuākana, Women in Science, Parenting and Rainbow networks, and our Waipapa Marae.


He kōrero mōu | About you

A postgraduate tertiary qualification in biology (or a related discipline) and experience in teaching is required. A teaching qualification is preferred but not required. Experience in quantitative biology, statistics and modelling, or related discipline is preferred. A commitment to inclusiveness and experience in teaching students with diverse backgrounds is required, particularly with Māori and Pasifika. Skills and experience in kaupapa Māori pedagogy and mātauranga Māori that foster inclusion of te ao Māori in programmes, teaching and the student experience are highly desirable. Candidates will be engaged with (or interested in contributing to) the scholarship of teaching and learning. Experience with on-line learning spaces, learning management systems and the design of innovative teaching and learning resources is preferred.

Additional Information

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is dedicated to providing an excellent and stimulating environment for its employees which ensures a healthy work-life balance through. 

  • Excellent children-to-teacher ratios
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave
  • A highly competitive salary
  • Competitive superannuation scheme (6.75% of base salary)
  • A variety of other benefits, including discounted parking, life/health insurances and gym membership.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see our Staff Benefits page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Inquiries may be made to Dr Julie McIntosh ([email protected]).

Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Friday January 22nd 2021  to be considered.

Please submit one combined PDF document containing the following items:

1. A cover letter (1-3 pages) which includes the strengths you would bring to the role and your motivation for applying, a brief overview of your teaching experience and your teaching philosophy.

2. Your CV.

3. Contact details, including emails and phone numbers, of three academic referees.

4. Evidence of academic qualifications.

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to

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