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Dean/Manutaki, College of Education/Te Kura Akau Taitoka

University of Otago
New Zealand
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jun 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education
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Full Time
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Tēnā koutou rau rakatira mā, E rere ana ki kā hau e whā tēnei karaka mai i Te Manukura o te Kete Aronui i te Whare Wānaka o Otākou. E pōwhiri ana mātou ki kā tono mō te mahi o te Manutaki o Te Kura Ākau Taitoka.

Talofa lava, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Kia orana and warm Pacific greetings to you all.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Humanities invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Education.

The University of Otago College of Education is dedicated to the enhancement of educational practice through high quality teaching, scholarship, research, professional leadership, and community service, to benefit learners, educators, and the wider community (in local, national and international settings).

This position provides an excellent opportunity for an internationally-respected senior academic to take on the leadership of the University of Otago's College of Education. The College has a strong focus on providing excellence and leadership in research and teaching across a range of Initial Teacher Education and Education Studies programmes, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Role/Te mahi

The Dean provides leadership in a collaborative academic environment, advancing the College's commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and enriching student experience. As a member of the Division's leadership team, the Dean also contributes to the Division's strategy and to the wider University.

It is expected that the appointment will be made at the level of Professor or Associate Professor.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Promoting the College's efforts to understand and realise the letter and the spirit of the University's Māori Strategic Framework, and te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Providing leadership and advocacy for the College within the University, local rūnanga, Ngāi Tahu, and in the wider community.
  • Executive responsibility for financial, academic and administrative matters of the College, reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
  • Maintaining research productivity.

The Dean will be supported by a collegial academic environment, an active and dynamic research culture, and by efficient professional services across the University.

Skills and Experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

To be considered for appointment to this position, candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tahu, who are mana whenua in the region.
  • A distinguished and sustained record of research publication in education.
  • Experience of teaching in an area of initial teacher education and/or education studies in a tertiary setting.
  • Experience of supervising postgraduate research students.
  • Evidence of international standing in the applicant's field of expertise.

Strong candidates for the position will also have a demonstrated record of academic leadership, display strong interpersonal skills, a genuine interest in others, an open communication style, clear decision-making ability, and a collegial leadership style.

Further details/Pūroko

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality, and, combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin, provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from art and literature to outdoor activities.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter.
  • Names and email addresses of at least three referees.

Applications quoting reference number 2101246 will close on Sunday, 18 July 2021.



To see a full job description and to apply online go to:

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


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