Tertiary Lecturer Pūkenga Whare Wānanga
Tertiary lecturers teach at universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, wānanga and other post-secondary education providers. They also carry out research and do administrative tasks.
Tertiary lecturers may do some or all of the following:
- prepare and give lectures, workshops and tutorials to students
- prepare and mark assignments, essays and exams
- give academic advice to students and supervise their research
- do research, write reports and publish articles on their subject area
- attend and present at conferences on their subject area.
Useful experience for tertiary lecturers includes:
- work in your field of subject expertise
- teaching or tutoring experience.
Tertiary lecturers need to be:
- excellent at communicating, including being able to network effectively with other academics and professionals
- good at planning and organising
- able to understand different cultures
- skilled at analysing information
- skilled at using problem-solving skills
- approachable and open-minded
- enquiring and accurate when carrying out research.
Tertiary lecturers need to have:
- up-to-date knowledge of their subject area
- teaching and lecturing skills
- research skills, and up-to-date knowledge of research methods
- skills in different styles of writing, such as writing courses, lectures and research
- knowledge of assessment methods and regulations.
- usually work regular business hours
- work in lecture theatres, classrooms, workshops, libraries, offices and laboratories
- may teach students at work placements, such as boats, farms and kitchens
- may travel within New Zealand and overseas to conferences and meetings, and to do research.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training.
Tertiary lecturers may move into more senior academic roles such as senior lecturer, associate professor or professor.
Years Of Training1-8 years of training usually required.
Entry requirements for tertiary lecturers vary depending on what and where you want to teach.
To lecture at a university you need to be studying towards or have completed a Master's degree, or have a Doctorate degree. You also need experience in teaching and research. Having published research is an advantage.
Polytechnics and institutes of technology
To lecture at a polytechnic or institute of technology you usually need a minimum of a diploma and work experience in the subject you teach.