Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Creative Writing
Massey University
Palmerston North
2d ago

Ngā kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

The Creative Writing programme within the School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication is currently recruiting two ongoing academic staff positions at the lecturer / senior lecturer level.

At least one appointment will have expertise in Māori Literature.

Applications are sought from candidates with writing specialisations in poetry, fiction, and / or creative non-fiction, but the ability to teach and supervise across multiple genres is a plus.

Duties include contributing to the teaching of the first-year introductory creative writing course, an Oceanic Literatures course, and upper-level courses in creative writing as well as supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

Massey University is the leading tertiary institution for distance learning, so candidates should expect to teach both distance (online) as well as internal (face to face) courses.

The programme is spread across the Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses; campus locations for these two positions will be determined based on the pool of candidates and specialisations.

Ō pūmanawa About you

Our ideal candidate will have :

  • An advanced degree in Creative Writing or related field, preferably a PhD.
  • A publishing record in creative work.
  • Tertiary teaching experience in a relevant field
  • An interest in online teaching as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work collegially and collaboratively as part of a vibrant and closely-knit, cross-campus team.
  • Ngā korero mo te tuhituhi auaha i Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa - About creative writing at Massey University

    Join our engaged, collaborative teaching team in Creative Writing at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa Massey University. Award-winning teachers and creative writers, our staff teach from first-hand experience, shaping a creative writing curriculum that is both inspirational and practical.

    We frequently work together in course design, co-teaching and programme development.

    The Creative Writing programme offers a Creative Writing Major / Minor with the Bachelor of Arts, a distance Master of Creative Writing, and provides distance supervision to a wide cohort of Creative PhD theses.

    Courses are offered in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children, ecofiction and nonfiction, travel writing, creative processes, scriptwriting and playwriting, creativity in the community and a publishing project.

    These courses also feed into our multi-disciplinary Expressive Arts Major within the Bachelor of Communication, which is a particular focus on the Wellington campus.

  • Courses are run by distance and across three campuses (Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington). The programme sponsors a long-running literary reading series, Off the Page;
  • a writer’s residency; and an undergraduate literary journal, Headland. Academic staff are active in publishing, editing and reviewing.

    Graduates of the programme have published books in New Zealand and overseas, have won or been shortlisted for many literary awards, and have gone on to be writers of various sorts in diverse fields.

    The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. It is anticipated that the selected candidates will take up the appointments in July 2022.

    Enquiries should be directed to Professor Bryan Walpert ( or +64 9 212 7074), School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication, Massey University.

    Applications close on Sunday 14 November 2021, 11.30 pm and should be submitted via the Massey Careers website

    Applications should include a full CV and names and addresses of three referees and a creative writing sample. In your cover letter please indicate your preferred campus location.

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