University of Canterbury

Professor and Head of School - School of Health Sciences

University of Canterbury

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Applications Close - End of Day: 04-02-2018

$100,000 - $150,000

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Professor and Head of School - School of Health Sciences

University of Canterbury

Professor and Head of School

School of Health Sciences

College of Education, Health and Human Development

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

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: tangata tū, tangata ora”.

If you share this vision then we would welcome your application for the continuing (permanent) position of Professor within the School of Health Sciences, which includes teaching and research programmes relating to health and sport. The successful candidate will also be appointed as Head of the School of Health Sciences for a five year renewable term.

As the Head of School the successful candidate will be a member of the College of Education, Health and Human Development Executive Committee and will play an active part in the future direction of the College as it aims to advance the international reputation in the areas of Health and Sport.

We are looking for a strong leader in the Health and/or Sport sector, with a teaching and research focus in the key strategic areas of Child and Adolescent Health, Wellbeing or Health Leadership. Who can motivate and inspire others, with an understanding of Organisational Culture. You will have a minimum of five years significant administrative and leadership experience overseeing an academic unit or units at a Research University. Significant international professional standing in your area of specialties and a record of distinction in research and scholarship are also key criteria for this role. Applicants will require a Ph.D. in a related discipline.

The School of Health Sciences has a total of 37 continuing staff members which include Professorial, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Senior Tutors, Technicians, Clinical staff and Administration support. The School offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Health Science and the Bachelor of Sport Coaching. In addition to postgraduate degrees in Health Sciences, Sport Coaching, Counselling, Child and Family Psychology, Nursing and Specialist Teaching. In 2018 the School will introduce a new postgraduate subject, Sport Science.

The School of Health Sciences offers exciting research and teaching opportunities through its new home in a world class facility, located in the heart of the University of Canterbury Ilam Campus. The Rehua building will be opened at the end of 2017 and will offer state of the art digital technologies and innovative learning and social spaces that encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary ways of working.

The University of Canterbury has a strong profile in health and sport research and teaching, it has partnered with tertiary and other institutions to play a major role in the establishment of leading edge, fully-integrated facilities including a 21st Century Health Research Education Facility (HREF) within the Health Precinct. In addition the University of Canterbury has a strong relationship with professional sport teams and has the opportunity to take a lead role in developing world-class facilities as part of the Christchurch rebuild. These Health and Sport opportunities will bring together a network of world class researchers, students and clinicians all contributing to a vibrant and stimulating environment.

The successful applicant will have opportunities for international conference travel to support their research and teaching activities and will have the opportunity to network with international leaders in Health Sciences/Sport and a range of disciplines through the University’s unique Erskine Fellowship and Canterbury Fellowship Scheme (which enables the University to host world leading academics) and through the University’s academic staff exchange programmes with Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 4 February 2018

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The recruitment process for this position is being managed exclusively by EQI Global. Confidential enquiries can be made to Graeme Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 3777793. Applications should be made at or via email to All applications will be acknowledged by email. Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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