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Dean/Manutaki, Te Tumu: School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

University of Otago
New Zealand
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2021

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

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Humanities invites applications for the position of Dean/Manutakiof Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

Established in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first university and is home to over 20,000 students. As New Zealand's most research-intensive university, Otago fosters a vigorous research culture and excellence in teaching. Otago's researchers and scholars contribute to leading international discoveries and knowledge, to new commercial developments, and to the health, social and cultural well-being of New Zealand and the wider world.

Te Tumu's vision is to be a world-leading teaching and research centre of indigenous knowledge.

Te Tumu is a progressive School at the University of Otago that has been offering a major in Māori Studies since 1990. Over the last decade the School has expanded its curriculum to include majors in Pacific Islands Studies and He Kura Matanui/Indigenous Development. It also offers postgraduate options at BA(Hons), MA and PhD levels, as well as its own Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS) degree (by coursework or thesis).

The Role/Te mahi

The Dean reports directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Division of Humanities, and provides leadership in a collaborative academic environment, while advancing the School's commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and the provision of an enriching student experience. As a member of the Division's leadership team, the Deanalso contributes to the Division's strategy and to the wider University.

We welcome applications from suitably-qualified candidates who will be appointed at a level on the University of Otago academic scale that is commensurate with their academic achievement, skills and experience.

This role will build on Te Tumu's position as a leading international and national contributor to research and teaching in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. The Deanwill take responsibility for leading and developing Te Tumu by fostering collegiality and indigenous cultural values that respect the mana of persons within Te Tumu and the wider University.

The successful candidate will also teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, foster postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level and pursue original research in the area of his or her speciality.

Skills and Experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

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

  • A distinguished record of research publication in an area relevant to Māori, Pacific and/or Indigenous Studies.
  • Experience of teaching in an area relevant to Māori, Pacific and/or Indigenous Studies in a tertiary setting.
  • Experience of supervising postgraduate research students.
  • Evidence of national and/or international standing in the applicant's field of particular expertise.
  • Experience of management in a tertiary setting.
  • Indigenous cultural competency, which may include proficiency in an Indigenous language.
  • 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 excellent schools and a great array of activities, ranging from art and literature to outdoor activities.

    Specific enquiries about the position may be directed to Farai Madambi, Senior Recruitment Consultant, via the contact details below.


    Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Names and email addresses of at least three referees.
  • To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2102498 will close on Sunday, 23 January 2022.


    To view all current vacancies 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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