Associate Professor/Professor in Science Education

  • Full-time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Campus: Epsom Campus
  • Position Number: 00015705
  • UoA Department Name: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Job Description


Associate Professor/Professor in Science Education

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Nau mai haere mai ki Waipapa Taumata Rau, welcome to the University of Auckland

  • Join our top-ranked Faculty of Education and Social Work Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata (#37 QS World University Rankings by subject Education and Training)

We are delighted to invite applications from scholars in the field of Science Education to join our STeM Education discipline group in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Te Kura o te Marautanga me te Ako.

You will continue to develop your academic career by contributing to research, research-informed teaching, graduate supervision, service and leadership across the Faculty. You will be committed to supporting and mentoring students and early career researchers, which will enable you to create a productive research team.

As a senior academic, you will provide academic leadership in Science Education, contribute to teaching on the Graduate Diploma in teaching programmes, and lead the development of new PG courses in consultation and collaboration with colleagues in STeM Education, that align with existing PG programmes and directions.

We are interested in applicants who are committed to science education curriculum, initial teacher education and who bring research expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mātauranga Māori approaches to science education
  • Pacific and/or indigenous approaches to science education
  • Climate change, biodiversity loss and education
  • Socio-scientific issues and education
  • Critical approaches to science/science teaching
  • Digital learning and science, Mis/disinformation and science knowledge
  • Knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and schools in Aotearoa is an advantage.

The Faculty’s key strategic goals are to expand research capacity and postgraduate research in an environment that fosters and supports strong, inclusive and inspiring graduate and undergraduate teaching. We are fully committed, through our work and our relationships, to Māori intellectual and cultural advancement, the advancement of Pasifika interests, and to the achievement of equity objectives in education and social services.

Candidates who are not already familiar with New Zealand’s bicultural context will be asked to engage with Māori culture and systems of knowledge and to develop a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and New Zealand’s place in the Pacific. The successful candidate will role-model a commitment to equity and inclusion, including in relation to gender diversity.

You will demonstrate personal credibility and interpersonal strengths to contribute to the reputation and profile of both the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau and the Faculty of Education and Social Work Te Kura Akoranga me Te Tauwhiro Tangata.

The appointment will either be at full or Associate Professor level according to University of Auckland Academic Standards.

The University of Auckland occupies a unique position in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. It is New Zealand’s largest university with over 40,000 students and is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. Auckland is a vibrant cosmopolitan and rapidly growing city with a population of 1.6m. It is located in the commercial heart of Aotearoa New Zealand. We have an abundance of natural features including a stunning harbour and accessible coastline, native bush and moderate temperatures, which help us to retain our reputation as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.

We aspire to contribute to a fair, ethical and sustainable society, reflecting our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our foundational relationship with tangata whenua. The University 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.

Applications must be submitted by 16 July 2023 (further detail in the Candidate booklet).

For a confidential discussion and further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, email: [email protected]

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, email: [email protected]

Position Reference: REF19966U


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