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About our team/Mō te tīma

The University of Otago is the oldest university in New Zealand. The Classics Programme was one of the University's foundation subjects and is known for its collegiality as well as its excellence in teaching and research. Our academic staff members are involved in a number of collaborative teaching, research, and outreach projects.

Classics offers a range of undergraduate papers in Classical Studies, as well as both Greek and Latin (from the introductory level for beginners).

Our students are progressively taught aspects of the ancient cultures that existed in the Mediterranean area from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire.

Research-informed courses focus on studying the cultural importance of artistic, archaeological, literary and historical sources, while also linking this material to cross-cultural perspectives, cross-disciplinary approaches, and modern reception studies.

The role - Te mahi

The Classics Programme, University of Otago (New Zealand), invites applications for a permanent, confirmation-path position, as a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system), beginning 1 February 2023.

Classics seeks a candidate with experience and proven excellence in engaging teaching and an innovative research program, with the aim of expanding and diversifying our curriculum.

While the area of teaching and research specialisation is open, we particularly encourage applications from candidates who focus on new avenues in Classics, such as comparative and connective frameworks, cross-disciplinary projects, or engagement with indigenous pedagogies and knowledge creation.

We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to fostering collaborative teaching and research relationships with Māori and/or Pasifika communities, according to principles of Kaupapa Māori; Teu le vā; or similar relevant framework.

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD with an established research focus in Classics, and to be able to demonstrate a record of high-quality research and teaching.

They will teach a large first-year lecture course on either Greek Mythology or Roman Social History, develop a combined 3rd year/Honours level paper in their area of research expertise, and will also contribute to Ancient Greek and/or Latin language teaching at all levels and our team-taught papers.

They will also be expected to supervise research at Honours, MA and PhD levels; to develop and maintain a strong research profile, including a willingness to seek external research funds; and to undertake administrative roles and community/professional service activities that contribute to the overall effectiveness and standing of the Programme.

Your skills and experience - Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • A PhD in a field relevant.
  • An excellent research profile along with a commitment to and/or established connections with international and/or national researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to teaching a first-year paper in either Roman Social History or Greek Mythology as well as Ancient Greek and/or Latin language papers at all levels.
  • A commitment to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with te ao Māori, te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori.

Further details - Pūroko

This is permanent, full-time, confirmation path position.

Application - Tono

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application outlining how you fit the research and teaching role.
  • Names and email addresses of at least three referees.

To submit your application (including CV and cover letter), please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2200437 will close on Sunday, 10 April 2022.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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