Lecturer in Psychology: Research Methods and Methodology Massey University, School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences New Zealand

Lecturer in Psychology: Research Methods and Methodology (A257-17CA)


School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for a Lectureship in Psychology in research methods and methodology.


Location: Albany or Palmerston North

Term: Permanent

Grade: Lecturer/Research Officer

Salary: $68,945 - $87,990 pa

Applications close: 11 p.m. on 30 September 2017


Position overview


Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for a Lectureship in Psychology in research methods and methodology. The successful candidate will play a part in developing the School of Psychology’s vision to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives. The appointee will have an interest in and expertise suitable for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychological research methods and methodology. He or she will be skilled in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and be able to demonstrate imagination and expertise in the use of a wide range of research methods and in applying these to make a difference in individual and collective lives. Knowledge and ability to teach and use software packages for data analysis are central. The successful applicant should demonstrate the ability to contribute to a team research and teaching environment where research is applied to address important issues facing individuals and society. A sound understanding of the philosophy of science and how it relates to knowledge production in psychology would be an advantage and knowledge of mixed methods, and/or experience in evaluations would be an asset.


The appointee will have a commitment to developing a research programme that is compatible with the research strengths of the School and manageable within the resources available, as well as having the potential to attract external funding. It is strongly advised that applicants familiarize themselves with the School by examining its online profile. Applicants should be aware that teaching in the School importantly includes both online and face to face delivery modes.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Psychology, and experience in tertiary teaching, research and publication would be an advantage. The appointee will be expected to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to supervise Honours projects, Masters theses and Doctorates.


Collaborative teaching and research on School of Psychology programmes offered across our campuses will be a priority. Staff may be required by the Head of School to teach for short periods on any campus of the University.


As part of Massey University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the School of Psychology incorporates a bicultural focus into its programmes. We especially welcome applications from Māori scholars.


The School offers degree programmes to doctoral level in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and in the College of Science. BA students can major in Psychology, Business Psychology or Educational Psychology and a four-year BA/BBS is also offered.


It is expected that this position will be available from 2018. Appointment will be on the Lecturer scale at a competitive level relative to qualifications and experience. An outstanding application may be considered for appointment at Senior Lecturer level - location for appointment is flexible to either our Turitea or Albany campus.


Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor James Liu, Head of School, School of Psychology, telephone +64 9 414 0800 ext 43279, e-mail j.h.liu@massey.ac.nz. Information about the School of Psychology and the University can be accessed via the World Wide Web, http://psychology.massey.ac.nz/.


Job description


Purpose statement


To provide teaching, research supervision and academic scholarship that will further strengthen the School of Psychology’s offerings in research methods and methodologies.


Responsible to

Head of School


Key accountabilities

  1. Teaching: 
    • Undertake the teaching and course coordination of undergraduate courses you are requested to contribute to, with an emphasis in the areas of research methodologies research methods.
    • Undertake the teaching and course coordination of postgraduate courses you are requested to contribute to, with an emphasis on quantitative research methodologies.
    • Undertake the teaching of courses intended for distance education students, on all campuses as required. You may be required to teach on a campus other than the one where you are situated.
    • Ongoing development of the structure and content of the course(s) for which you are the Course Coordinator. 
    • Supervise and assess student work. 
    • Guest lecturing for other courses within the School.
    • Contribute to the development of a supportive atmosphere for Psychology students on one of Massey University’s campuses, and develop strategies for retention and achievement of Psychology majors from diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with teaching and supervision. 
    • Participate in the University’s formal procedures of evaluating teaching and course delivery.

  2. Research: 
    • Initiate and undertake an original programme of research in your own area of expertise, so as to contribute to the School's scholarly outputs in quality assured publications. 
    • Disseminate knowledge through scholarly research activities and publications; it would be expected that at least 2-3 articles per year would be published in refereed journals, for which you are the sole or co-author. 
    • Submit research funding applications to appropriate bodies.
    • Participate in conferences to advance research interests. 
    • Engage fully in the supervision of postgraduate students' research at the Honours, Master's and Doctoral level. 
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues. 
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with research. 
    • Participate in activities related to the University’s Institutional Review of Research.

  3. Administration: 
    • Undertake administration of course(s) to which you are requested to contribute. 
    • Participate in School and University Committees. Playing a leadership role within the School and the University by serving on committees and taking on administrative tasks of a general nature for the School, as would typically be expected of a Lecturer.
    • Undertake professional development activities consistent with administration as directed by the Head of School.

  4. Co-operate within the School and share School objectives to advance the knowledge and practice of Psychology.

  5. Adhere to the rules and regulations of the University.

  6. Comply with the University's obligation under its Charter regarding equal employment and the Treaty of Waitangi.


Key Competencies: 

1. Plan/organise and administer own work. 
2. Facilitate student learning. 
3. Supervise and assess students' work. 
4. Evaluate course content and delivery. 
5. Work collaboratively with colleagues. 
6. Undertake and publish research.


Person specification



PhD in Psychology.



Preference will be given to applicants with tertiary teaching experience and a record of research and publication with demonstrated expertise in methods and methodology.


Personal attributes and behaviours


A high level of oral and written communication skills are required.
Works as a member of a team. 
Can stimulate student interest in quantitative research methods.

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