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Senior Lecturer in Fijian Studies

Laucala Campus

Position Number: LLL008Senior Lecturer in Fijian Studies

The School

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE) which houses the disciplines of Literature, Academic English, Pacific Studies, Linguistics, Education and Journalism. SPACE also offers programmes in the vernacular languages of the Pacific and is host to the Confucius Institute and the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies. SPACE encourages collegiality and is invested in the cultivation of a dynamic scholarly community.  It is one of the more research-focused schools in the university, a trend SPACE invites the successful applicant to continue.

The Opportunity

SPACE is seeking to appoint a motivated, experienced and talented individual who can make a significant contribution to research and teaching within the field of Fijian Studies, with preferred expertise in Linguistics

The successful applicant will be an active member of the school’s vibrant research culture, and will contribute to teaching, course development and supervision at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The applicant will also be able to undertake administrative duties commensurate with their position. The successful applicant will be located at the Laucala Campus in Fiji, although there may be opportunities to deliver short-term flexi-schools at other campuses in the region.

The Person we Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in Linguistics, ideally with a background in Pacific Languages and Cultural/Heritage theoretical application with relevant tertiary teaching experience and/or research experience; or
  • In exceptional cases, a Master’s degree or professional qualification with relevant teaching experience or relevant industry/professional experience or a significant research profile;
  • Excellent record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals and books and evidence of participation in seminars and conferences;
  • Ability to teach and conduct research through the medium of both Fijian and English;
  • A record of demonstrable scholarly and professional achievement and leadership in the relevant discipline;
  • Record of work undertaken on Fijian Language, culture and heritage with iTaukei Fijian Institutions and communities;
  • Experience and knowledge relating to one or more of the following areas of specialty: Fijian and Austronesian languages, descriptive linguistics, or critical ethnography;
  • Experience of course development; and
  • Experience in online platforms such as Moodle, or distance mode of delivery.

Enquiries and further information: Dr. Matthew Hayward, Acting Head School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE), Email:

The position is available for a term of five (5) years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range

  • FJ$104,010 to FJ$120,011 per annum; 

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 09 April 2023

How to Apply

Click the Apply button to apply for this position online.

The advertisement criteria is available on our University website ( under Employment Opportunities.

Please include the following documents in your application: Certified Academic Credentials/Transcripts, Cover letter clearly addressing key Selection Criteria and Resume with names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor. Referees will only be contacted if you are selected.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

USP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. USP encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.