Pūkenga Matua/Pūkeka Matua


Senior Lecturers (College of Education, COE) are persons of high standing in the education profession who make significant contributions to teaching within Departments. Senior Lecturers (COE) typically teach across a range of courses to postgraduate level. This includes assessment and course administration duties, and having a leadership role in the administration of a programme including curriculum design.

Senior Lecturers (COE) play a major role in professional activities relevant to their profession or discipline and/or scholarship and research.

Senior Lecturers (COE) contribute to University planning and/or governance and serve the profession and/or academic discipline and contribute to the wider community.

It is expected that academic staff will be routinely at work on campus so they are available to assist students and for students to see the University as a place of active scholarship.


Teaching, assessment and curriculum development

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE):

  1. conduct research-informed teaching across a range and level of courses in accordance with their share of the Department or School's teaching programme
  2. teach to a standard which meets the quality standards expected in the Department/School and profession/discipline.

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE) may be:

  1. preparing course plans, outlines and materials for delivery of classes assigned, in consultation with other senior colleagues
  2. facilitating learning by presenting lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and papers
  3. developing assessment material related to courses taught
  4. providing assessment and feedback to students on their progress towards learning outcomes
  5. fostering the development of individual student talent
  6. implementing innovations in teaching, assessment and curriculum development
  7. providing course advice
  8. acting as the convenor of one or more papers
  9. carrying out practical teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching workshops either in small groups or one-on-one to facilitate the learning of practical/technical skills
  10. providing practical professional supervision in classrooms in schools
  11. guiding and mentoring other staff in development of appropriate assessment material
  12. successfully supervising postgraduate students
  13. demonstrating an ability to inspire high academic endeavour and original thought with respect to teaching.

Research and/or advancing professional practice and scholarship activities

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE):

advance knowledge and professional practice and/or produce quality assured publications within their field or discipline either individually or as part of a group.

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE) may be:

  1. contributing to professional practice which includes taking a leadership role in professional subject associations, chairing relevant professional committees or undertaking professional consultancies;
  2. advancing or influencing professional practice;
  3. contributing to the education sector, and/or requests to run information or training sessions for the government or the education profession, etc which have influenced or changed professional practice or advanced or expanded knowledge in the profession;
  4. receiving peer recognition for contributions to work in the profession, both nationally and internationally;
  5. undertaking productive consultancies with outside groups, resulting in practical outcomes including acceptance by the profession of resources or techniques developed;
  6. successfully supervising postgraduate students;
  7. obtaining research funding;
  8. attending and presenting papers at professional conferences both nationally and internationally;
  9. forming effective research collaborations within the Department, School, Division, or researchers outside the University. Collaborations outside the University may be within the community, regional, national and/or international.

Service to the University and the community

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE):

  1. make a significant contribution to the administration of the College of Eduation and are contributing to University planning and/or governance
  2. develop a leadership role in the College of Education

It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE) may be:

  1. fostering collegiality within the Department/School
  2. sharing knowledge with the community outside the University and contributing to local and national communities through involvement in the development of policy, practice, and cultural activities (eg: iwi/Māori development)
  3. representing the Department through contributions to committees, working parties etc within the Division, or the wider University (including the Māori Strategic Framework)
  4. contributing to the profession/discipline
  5. having service contributions of significance and distinction that are recognised as such by the University, if they have been in the role for several years.


It is expected that Senior Lecturers (COE):

  1. take an active interest in the activities relating to the Department
  2. meet all compliance and reporting requirements
  3. work collegially with staff and students in the College, Division and the University.

Employment conditions


  • Teaching qualification.
  • Extensive teaching experience including curriculum design.

Authority to appoint


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Confirmation path

May be eligible to transfer to a confirmation path position.

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Salary scale

Teacher Education Fellow scale (Non Medical/Dental, Range 1, steps 1 to 7)

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Performance and salary review

Annual review of performance required. Senior Lecturers progress one step on salary scale through to the top of the scale, subject to being assessed as performing at a satisfactory level.

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Senior Lecturers (COE) may apply for the following promotions:

  • Additional salary step(s) within the Teacher Education Fellow (range 2) salary scale.

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Research and Study Leave

Not eligible.

Employment Agreements

Lecturers usually are covered by the:

  • Academic Staff (Non Medical/Dental) Collective Employment Agreement or
  • Academic Staff (Non Medical/Dental) Individual Agreement

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Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

Evidence Portfolio required.

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Useful information

Key contacts

Dan Wilson
HR Manager - Promotions & Remuneration
64 3 479 8092

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