Lecturer in Social Work, Canterbury

Department of Social Work
School of Language, Social and Political Sciences
College of Arts, University of Canterbury

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do
The University of Canterbury is seeking applications for a continuing (permanent) position commencing in mid-2021 in Social Work with potential contributions to Aotahi, School of Maori and Indigenous Studies. Applications will be considered at either the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level. This role will have particular responsibilities for teaching social work practice with Māori and ideally significantly contribute to the development of the Social Work curriculum at undergraduate and post-graduate level.

The Department of Social Work includes a dynamic team responsible for the delivery of Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work (Applied), and the supervision of postgraduate studies. These qualifications are recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board. Key initiatives embedded in the Department’s strategy include: bicultural context; engagement with the Canterbury context; transformative practice and research; academic excellence; and, interdisciplinarity. The Department is in the process of implementing its strategic initiatives throughout the curriculum and in our engagement with community. In making this appointment we are seeking a candidate who shares our commitment to fostering transformative learning with Maori and diverse groups of students.

Who You Are

Applicants with the experience and skills commensurate with this position are invited to apply. To be successful applicants will have proven experience in social work practice with Māori, experience in teaching at the tertiary level, and have a passion and desire to help students realise their potential. They will contribute to recognition requirements required by the NZ Social Work Registration Board, and will be a registered social worker. Thesis supervision and research experience is desirable, as is the ability and willingness to contribute to Social Work curriculum development and Māori and Indigenous Studies.

Successful applicants will be expected to take on leadership roles in the Department in either teaching, research or school administration.

Staff provide leadership in a range of professional fields and are active in the community. There is a strong emphasis on developing students as critical thinkers and responsible members of society.

Who You Will Work With

The Department of Social Work is part of the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences. The successful applicant will be closely connected with the Social Work Team and will have connections with staff from the School and Aotahi – School of Maori and Indigenous Studies. As part of the College of Arts they will also be involved in wider committees and collaborations.

For more information about our team, please visit us at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/schools-and-departments/social-work/

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 15,000 students across five colleges. We are located in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 18 April 2021 (midnight NZ time)

How to Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include:

  • a ‘cover letter’ including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Aotahi, School of Maori and Indigenous Studies, and
  • a ‘resume’ which includes a list of relevant research publications.

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Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email; however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Professor Jane Maidment, jane.maidment@canterbury.ac.nz

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.