Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor - Tourism

Academic Lincoln, Canterbury


As the longest-running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with agriculture but it certainly does not end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres and a range of corporate service units, Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 700 staff.

The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design (ESD) has major teaching and research programmes across a wide range of associated disciplines, and currently seeks a suitably qualified Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism to join the Department of Tourism, Sport and Society. 

We examine how people, individually and collectively, live well, flourish and succeed in the places they inhabit and visit, in the activities and pursuits they value, and through the land that supports what they do. We achieve this through application of integrated theoretical and practical expertise, drawn from multiple disciplines, to critical inquiry into the issues and problems that our national and international colleagues and our partners in iwi and hapū, communities, agencies, and sectors see as significant and current. Our approach to education and research is collegial, inclusive and supportive both within and beyond the Department. We carry out all our efforts with awareness of and responsiveness to te tangata whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Lincoln University has an international reputation in tourism founded upon its focus on the interface between the tourism industry, its social and environmental contexts, and the management and development issues and challenges that flow from that interface. This appointment will make a significant contribution to that focus and reputation by adding to, and complementing, our current areas of tourism expertise in teaching, supervision, research, and stakeholder engagement.

In keeping with our role as New Zealand’s specialist land based university, Lincoln has a particular interest in sustainable tourism policy and planning and destination management. Within this global set of concerns, we are seeking someone who can pursue, and communicate, research that addresses New Zealand’s particular geography and aspirations for sustainable tourism. The successful candidate will be well-positioned to contribute to meeting sector-wide policy and business needs for effective indicators, policy and practice in sustainable tourism. This will be achieved by developing an advanced evidence base that can sit alongside traditional policy and planning instruments. Such research directions will be of interest to those with a strong interest and capacity in multi-disciplinary research that incorporates relevant expertise from, for example, disciplines such as environmental economics or accounting .

Currently, the Department has 15 full time academic staff and includes specialisations in tourism, parks, outdoor recreation, events, heritage, sport, recreation, the social sciences and humanities. The successful candidate will contribute to, and reinforce, the Department’s mission, work collegially with Faculty staff and other staff within the University, including across specialisations, and will enhance its competence and expertise in tourism. 

The qualifications and skills we are ideally seeking for this role are:

  • Demonstrated evidence of academic leadership (or potential for academic leadership) in teaching and research 
  • A highly developed record of scholarly research including publication in leading refereed national and international journals or with leading academically reputable presses
  • A well-established research agenda
  • Evidence of successful disciplinary tertiary teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Evidence of attracting and successfully supervising students at Masters and PhD level to completion
  • Demonstrated mastery of diverse teaching methodologies and practices in response to diverse student populations
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with, mentor and lead colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Evidence of an effective contribution to the administration or interests of an organisation, to the wider community and, where appropriate, to the profession
  • Evidence of effective tourism sector engagement
  • Evidence of successfully attracting competitive national or international level funding for research (including conference) activities in addition to internal level funding

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter. 

For further information please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312. Informal enquiries may be made to the Heads of Department, Tourism, Sport and Society at or

Applications close on Thursday 27/02/2020 at 9am.

Lincoln University is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.