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Teaching Assistant in Fijian Studies

Laucala Campus

Position Number: LLL009 - Teaching Assistant in Fijian Studies

The Opportunity

The University of the South Pacific is the premier tertiary institution in the Pacific region. Established in 1968, it is committed to international standards of research and teaching excellence, with an emphasis on key regional issues. USP is jointly owned by 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Courses are offered face-to-face at our main campuses (predominantly at Laucala Campus where this position is based), as well as by online and blended modes, in order to cater for students spread across 33 million square kilometres of ocean, on both sides of the international dateline. This location at the heart of the world’s most linguistically diverse region makes USP a fascinating institution in which to work.

The position will be based at Laucala Campus.

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 appointee will be expected to: provide academic teaching support, prepare and deliver tutorials, mark assignments, provide consultations to students and be involved in a range of administrative functions, the majority of which are connected to the subject taught.

The Person we Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • For appointment at Band 1: Completed four years of tertiary study, including at the postgraduate level, in Fijian Studies/Applied Linguistics/Literature or relevant discipline, and/or have equivalent qualifications and/or professional experience. Professional experience may include teaching experience, experience in research, experience outside tertiary education, creative achievement, professional contribution, and/or contributions to technical achievement.
  • For appointment at Band 2: A Master’s degree in Fijian Studies/Applied Linguistics/Literature or another relevant discipline;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisation skills;
  • Ability to work as a team player through collaboration and compatibility with a large number of staff and students; and
  • Citizenship of a USP member country.

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 three (3) years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range

  • FJ$29,500 to FJ$35,859 per annum;
  • FJ$37,113 to FJ$41,148 per annum;

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 26 March 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.