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  • Dean, Te Piringa Faculty of Law
    Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences
    University of Waikato

    We are seeking an outstanding leader for Te Piringa Faculty of Law. The Dean is the senior strategic and academic leader of the Faculty, responsible for shaping its intellectual, professional and operational culture and direction. This also includes the effective stewardship of its resources.

    There is a responsibility to lead programme developments that will increase student numbers, advance the quality of teaching and research in the Faculty, and increase the visibility and impact of the Faculty with local and national stakeholders. Founded in 1991 Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is a modern faculty that is built on three core principles; professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context. These principles guide the provision of an excellent contemporary legal education with a strong commitment to integrating professional skills while studying the law in its social context, notably addressing the Treaty of Waitangi obligations as part of its commitment to biculturalism. Its mission is to provide critical research for the public good and liberal legal education.

    Te Piringa Faculty of Law offers academic programmes leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (including an Honours programme) and a range of combined degrees, Diploma in Law, Master of Laws, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy. Graduates from these programmes are equipped with skills, insight and knowledge that enable them to succeed in a variety of roles in the community and the workplace, in private legal practice as a barrister and solicitor, in legal practice in public sector agencies or private sector companies, in business management, or in policy analysis. The Faculty's teaching in the Bachelor of Laws is subject to the oversight of the Council of Legal Education for the purpose of maintaining academic requirements for admission to the practice of law in New Zealand. In 2019, the Faculty commenced teaching a major in Law within the BA degree.

    The Faculty is located administratively within the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences, and the appointee will be an important member of the Division's executive leadership team, reporting to the Pro-Vice Chancellor. The position is full time and it is expected that approximately half of the time will be assigned to teaching and research activities. To succeed in this role you will be appropriately qualified, have an internationally recognised research profile and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and graduate supervision. You will have demonstrated exceptional leadership and communication skills; enjoy strategic engagement; and show evidence of success in a senior academic leadership role.

    The appointment will be for a fixed term of three years with the possibility of extension for a further two years.

    Closing date: 13 September 2019 (NZ time) Vacancy number: 390314

    For more information and to apply, visit


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