Information for hiring managers
Appointments to this title must use the role description provided (see downloadable file in the 'Related info' section). If you need to define specific duties, functions or appointment requirements, then these can be appended to the role description as a separate schedule.
Senior Teaching Fellows design and deliver high quality teaching (including administrative aspects) that is informed by significant experience gained via practice, research/study and teaching experience.
Senior Teaching Fellows make a significant contribution to teaching or training. They contribute to reinforcing and promoting interdependence between teaching and research.
Senior Teaching Fellows undertake significant management and leadership roles within the Department or School or Division such as course advising, course coordination, student pastoral care or carrying out a University-wide role in innovation or outreach.
Depending on their role, discipline and qualifications, Senior Teaching Fellows may be expected or given the opportunity to undertake research relevant to their discipline.
Teaching, assessment and curriculum development
- Conduct discipline- and research-informed teaching across a range of levels and courses, both online and in person, in accordance with their share of the Department or School’s teaching programme by presenting lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratories, and workshops
- Teach to a standard that extends beyond the quality standards expected in the Department/School/Division and discipline
- Convene papers, modules and courses
- Prepare and develop course plans, programme design, outlines and materials for delivery of classes, in consultation with other senior colleagues
- Design, implement and evaluate course material and participate in the curriculum development, taking a lead in parts of this activity
- Implement and evaluate assessment tools and criteria, mark assessments, ensure adequate moderation, and provide appropriate feedback, which may include preparing reports on student outcomes
- Advise staff on the development of appropriate assessment material
- Foster the development of individual student talent
- May provide course advice to students as a recognised and trained adviser
- Contribute disciplinary pedagogic expertise and experience, working collaboratively to foster University-wide developments and innovation in the design and delivery of teaching
- Influence teaching practice within the University and/or at other tertiary providers and share teaching expertise within the Department, School or Division
- Advance learning theory through classroom research
- Facilitate and support the use of appropriate tools and technology in the delivery of teaching, including for on-line learning
- Maintain own teaching practice to a high standard, evidenced by the ability to demonstrate knowledge of developments including technical or discipline changes
- Maintain, as appropriate, involvement or memberships of discipline-related organisations or groups
- Demonstrate knowledge of technical developments and involvement with discipline organisations relating to teaching practice
- Maintain an awareness of and where appropriate participate in research developments in the discipline
- Advance best practice and achieve excellence in teaching
Research and scholarship activities
The opportunity to undertake research is subject to Department, School or Divisional requirements. Senior Teaching Fellows may undertake research for personal development, or to inform their teaching practice. Expectations may include the following:
- Maintain a current knowledge of research within the discipline for personal development and to inform teaching
- Contribute to the development of academic research programmes by bringing a discipline-based and teaching practice perspective, appropriate involvement in research projects, and active participation in departmental research meetings
- Provide professional expertise to postgraduate students or their supervisors. May be a co-supervisor in some disciplines
- Deliver at conferences or publish on teaching practice related to their discipline
- Share knowledge with the community outside the University and contribute to local and national communities through involvement in the development of policy, practice, and cultural activities (e.g. iwi/Māori development)
- Actively contribute to the academic goals of the Department, School and Division by applying and sharing expert knowledge in their discipline
- Undertake leadership roles within the University and the broader community
- Make a significant contribution to administration in their Department, School or Division and contribute to University planning and/or governance
- Take an active interest in the activities relating to the Department
- Meet all compliance and reporting requirements
- Work collegially with staff and students in the Department, School and Division
- May supervise Professional Practice Fellows, Teaching Fellows, Tutors, Demonstrators
- Hold a relevant postgraduate qualification
- Extensive teaching experience
- Hold, or be studying towards, a higher degree or tertiary teaching qualification
- Where required, have membership of relevant teaching- or discipline-related body
Authority to appoint
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Dean in Health Sciences)
- Senior Teaching Fellows scale (Non Medical/Dental) (Bands 3 and 4)
- Senior Teaching Fellows scale (Medical/Dental) (Bands 3 and 4)
Annual Performance Appraisal for Academic Staff.
One step annually on salary band through to the top of the Band, subject to satisfactory performance.
For further information, see the Remuneration section of the Academic Staff Employment Agreement.
Senior Teaching Fellows (Band 3) may apply for promotion to Senior Teaching Fellow (Band 4).
Senior Teaching Fellows (Band 4) are not eligible to apply for promotion.
Research and study leave
Senior Teaching Fellows are usually covered by one of the following:
- Academic Staff Individual Employment Agreement or
- Academic Staff Collective Employment Agreement.
Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)
Evidence portfolio not required.