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Academic confirmation path

The University of Otago is committed to excellence in teaching and research, and the recruitment of the highest quality academic staff from here in New Zealand and around the world.

Confirmation path process

All new academic staff hired on a confirmation path (or "tenure track" as it may be known elsewhere), must prove they can successfully meet clear performance objectives in three key areas over the 5-year confirmation period.

The three key areas are:

  • Teaching, assessment and curriculum development
  • Establishing a research profile and being an independent researcher
  • Service contributions appropriate to appointment level

New staff will be advised of their performance objectives soon after their appointment; after which they will be given regular feedback in the form of discussions with their Head of Department and/or Dean and written confirmation reports.

Find out more about the confirmation process

Download the full Confirmation Path Policy

Information for newly appointed confirmation path staff

This information sheet provides key information about the Confirmation Path for newly appointed staff.

Download the information for newly appointed confirmation path staff information sheet

College of Education staff

Download the generic confirmation path objectives and COE guidelines for COE staff appointed to confirmation path positions

College of Education staff who were appointed before 1 January 2009 may apply to transfer from their professional role to a confirmation path position at any time. The timing of transfers may be affected by workload issues within the College.

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Confirmation information seminars

Human Resources holds information sessions during the year to provide important information to new confirmation staff. These sessions support new academic staff by informing them of HR policies and processes that directly impact their role.

The major focus of these sessions is on the confirmation and academic promotion processes, but staff will also receive information on:

  • essential health and safety information
  • staff benefits
  • research resources available
  • conflicts of interest
  • the Otago Teaching Profile
  • services offered by the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC)

2017 seminars

Seminars are scheduled as follows:

Thursday 16 March 9 am - 12 noon
Tuesday 30 May 9 am - 12 noon
Wednesday 30 August 9 am - 12 noon
Monday 16 October 9 am - 12 noon

For further information about the sessions please phone 03 479 9263 or email

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Confirmation path video

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