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Pūkenga | Lecturer (Teaching) in Forensic Psychology

Pūkenga | Lecturer (Teaching) in Forensic Psychology (73) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have demonstrated evidence of successful teaching in forensic psychology at University-level?
  • Have you completed a PhD in psychology and are looking for a 3-year, full-time position?
  • Are you committed to equity, inclusivity, and diversity?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Pūkenga / Lecturer (Teaching) in Forensic Psychology for a 3-year, fixed-term position.

The University has an excellent research culture and Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology, is recognised as being within the top echelon of psychology departments in New Zealand. The Forensic psychology team has an active research culture with a substantial number of postgraduate students and access to extensive networks in the community and research collaborations across Victoria, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world.

Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro hosts research laboratories in many of psychology’s specialty areas: cognition, learning, social, cross-cultural, developmental, biological, clinical, and forensic psychology. Importantly, the School of Psychology has a strong commitment to equity and diversity, and specifically to bicultural practice in research and teaching consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Both staff and students at Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro are enthusiastic about building and further developing our new Bachelor of Psychology, which includes a major in Criminal Justice Psychology. Moreover, the School is home to the only MSc programme in Forensic Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The successful applicant will be an expert on forensic psychology in an area such as, but not limited to, clinical forensic psychology, forensic mental health and intellectual disabilities in a forensic context, investigative psychology, eyewitness testimony, offender rehabilitation, and human aggression.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a motivated, student-focused individual who can take the initiative, provide excellent administration and policy compliance. You will thrive in this role with an excellent manner with people and strong attention to detail. You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of performance.

Key Requirements:


  • A PhD in psychology.
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful teaching in Forensic psychology at University-level teaching and learning in the discipline of Forensic Psychology, with demonstrated quality in the delivery of teaching programmes, and evidence of commitment to the use of different pedagogies and technologies to enhance teaching and research.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal skills and a proven capacity to develop strong relationships with University colleagues, relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusivity, and diversity.


  • Postgraduate qualification in Learning and Teaching or completion of accredited professional development programme in Higher Education e.g., Te Arawai Ako fellowship.
  • Evidence of successful course development and evidence of developing course materials, including online resources.
  • Evidence of effective postgraduate student supervision.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is fast-paced, likes sharing ideas, and working in a collaborative style. We offer you strong professional development programmes and learning and development programmes for te reo Māori. You will also have the opportunity to work with the whānau team at the Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology. Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s first-ranked university for research, and the Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro, School of Psychology has an outstanding record and reputation in its teaching, public engagement, and research.

Role Description

Alternatively, if you are interested in a permanent role, click here: Pūkenga | Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Close Date for Vacancy: 16 October 2023

Unfortunately, applications from those without the right to work in New Zealand cannot be considered.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Juan J. Canales ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Then, please combine your cover letter addressing the key requirements for the role, your CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format).

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button.

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.