Vacancy for Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Heidi Quinn heidi.quinn at CANTERBURY.AC.NZ
Sun Aug 3 02:57:31 UTC 2014

Hi everybody,

Please forward this message to people in your Pacific Studies network who might be interested in this position.
This is a reminder that applications for the position close on Friday 8 August.

We are hoping for many applications from Pacific scholars, so that there is a chance to find the ideal person to really strengthen the Macmillan Brown Centre and Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Many thanks,

From: Liz Keneti
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:27 PM
Subject: Job Opportunity: Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Halo olaketa,

UC is currently advertising the Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies position on our UC Vacancies webpage (

Applications close Friday 8th August. Please see below for more information.

Please share this as widely as possible to your national and international networks.

Job Description

Job Title:

Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (Associate Professor/Professor)

Job ID:



College of Arts

Full/Part Time:




Position Overview

Director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies
(Associate Professor/Professor)
College of Arts

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies was founded through a bequest from the late Professor John Macmillan Brown (1846-1935). A founding Professor of the University of Canterbury and a former Vice Chancellor of the University of New Zealand, he spent a considerable amount of time travelling and studying the countries of the Pacific. Under the terms of Professor Macmillan Brown's will, the Centre was established in 1988 at the University of Canterbury to facilitate the 'investigation and research of the history, traditions, customs, laws, and ideas of the peoples of the Pacific generally.' The Macmillan Brown Centre has links with the Macmillan Brown Library, and also Canterbury Museum which houses part of the John Macmillan Brown Collection.

The University of Canterbury is looking for an established researcher to lead the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, and drive research excellence in Pacific studies, at or equivalent to the academic level of Associate Professor or Professor.

Hours of work are negotiable with the preferred applicant, ranging from a 0.3 FTE (nominally 11.25 hours per week) to full-time, 1.0 FTE (37.5 hours per week). The position is continuing, however secondment or a fixed term appointment may be negotiated.

As Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing academic leadership and strategic direction to the Centre in accordance with the University’s strategic objectives and the terms of John Macmillan Brown’s legacy, including support for thesis students.

The successful candidate will have an established record of distinction in research and scholarship (commensurate with the academic grade of Associate Professor or Professor), and leadership experience overseeing an academic unit or units at a Research University. The ability to develop and sustain effective relationships with University Staff and research institutions is also essential for this role.  A position at or approaching a full-time role is also likely to reflect the capacity to maintain an outstanding personal research profile, to generate significant external research income, and may include some teaching into undergraduate programmes through relevant University departments.

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The closing date for this position is: Friday 8 August 2014.
The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

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Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.

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