Eke Tangaroa – AUT’s Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

AUT aspires to be the university of opportunity for Māori and Pacific people and is proactively engaged in growing the number of Māori and Pacific academics at AUT. We are determined to increase the participation and success of Māori and Pacific peoples across all academic disciplines and in 2014 AUT initiated Eke Tangaroa - AUT’s Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme.

Eke Tangaroa enables new Māori and Pacific scholars who have completed their doctoral studies (or submitted a completed thesis for examination prior to starting) to receive permanent appointments as research-active lecturers. Now in its sixth year, AUT is proud that 24 outstanding Māori and Pacific academics have previously been appointed through this programme’s initiative and we’re excited to now be recruiting for 2021.

Watch the videos below to hear from some of our fantastic current early career academics.

Recruiting lecturers now

As a permanent research-active lecturer you’ll provide high quality teaching and supervision, undertake research in your field(s) of expertise and contribute in service roles. AUT lecturers play a key role in undertaking effective teaching, supervision and research and are a critical part of our academic community.

Click the links below for role information, eligibility criteria and how to apply:

Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

Eke Tangaroa’s dedicated support programme

In your first three years of employment, you will be part of Eke Tangaroa’s support programme. The head of school/department is the person ultimately responsible for an appointee’s academic development and success and will be your key contact. A dedicated senior academic mentor for the three years of the programme will also be assigned to you.

Eke Tangaroa’s development programme and support network will provide opportunities to develop your teaching skills, extend research capability and advance professional skills in supervision and graduate mentoring. Forums are organised for networking and cultural discussions, and informal catch-ups are encouraged.

The intention also is for a kaiurungi (navigator) to provide a clear point of contact and liaison for all stakeholders in Eke Tangaroa. There are targeted professional development programmes, development funding and discussion about your teaching load to help ensure you're not overwhelmed.

Programme eligibility criteria

  • A PhD/doctorate is required. Graduation must have been within three years of application to this programme. Alternatively, applicants will have submitted a completed thesis for examination prior to starting.
  • This must be your first full-time, permanent academic position in either a university or other tertiary education provider. You will have no more than 5 years’ fixed-term contract academic experience (in total) in a university or other tertiary education provider.
  • Programme is open only to applicants of Māori or Pacific genealogical descent
  • Candidates must ideally be able to start by 28 June 2021 (this allows two weeks to settle in prior to the start of Semester 2)
  • Specific criteria may vary slightly depending on discipline, as listed within each individual advertisement

We are already a community of over 30,000 comprising teachers, researchers and students who are inspired to test boundaries, challenge established theories, break new ground and discover what is possible! We welcome your application to join us.

Candidate info pack

Please download the candidate information handbook for more details about Eke Tangaroa, including background to the programme, position description and recruitment process/application details.

Download info pack

Recruitment timeline

  • Applications open 23 April 2021
  • Interviews will take place late May/early June
  • Offers to preferred candidates mid-June 2021
  • Appointed candidates to begin roles on or prior to  28 June 2021
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