Professor of Education

University of the South Pacific



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At USP we believe in Shaping Pacific Futures. Our legacy is a testament to the resilience and determination of our Pacific communities and is built upon a bedrock of regionalism. Our exceptional student experience, rigorous academic programmes and outstanding research have lifted us into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and Impact Rankings for two consecutive years.

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We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated individual to the role of Professor in the discipline of Education.


About the Role


The appointee will be able to demonstrate international academic excellence, and an outstanding contribution to teaching, research, and scholarship. They will lead the design and development of the curriculum, teaching undergraduate courses across the Education curriculum, and will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of online courses. The incumbent will contribute to the school’s postgraduate, masters and PhD programmes, supervise research students, and will undertake world-class research in their area of expertise, publishing in reputable journals. The appointee will be expected to successfully attract research grants (from internal and external sources) in the thematic area of research and support the University’s mission and goals as set out in the latest University’s Strategic Plan. The incumbent will also oversee the accreditation of existing programmes by international accreditation agencies, and help lead the administrative functions of the school.


The Appointee shall:


  • provide academic leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and scholarly activities in the discipline;
  • assume the role of substantive Head of School and participate in School and University services;
  • develop and administer programmes in the discipline;
  • undertake course planning, development, coordination and delivery (including online and face-to-face teaching);
  • lead academic counselling and consultation with students;
  • supervise research students to the successful completion of postgraduate programmes; and
  • conduct and publish individual and/or collaborative research.


The Person We Seek


To be considered for Professor position, applicants will have:

  • PhD in Education or a cognate discipline and be a leading, international authority in this area;
  • a robust research plan, with demonstrable relevance to the Pacific Island Countries and beyond;
  • extensive teaching experience;
  • a distinguished record of research and publication in relevant fields;
  • a successful record in Masters and PhD level thesis supervision;
  • substantial teaching experience and a strong research background with publications in high-impact journals;
  • the ability to mentor and develop senior and junior academic staff;
  • the ability to work within a collegial environment and effectively represent the Discipline within the University and among external stakeholders;
  • made a sustained and excellent contribution at an international level to academic research and leadership within the relevant discipline;
  • demonstrated sustained distinction in their interdisciplinary contributions;
  • championed academic standards and freedom;
  • demonstrated excellent communication skills, and the ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff.
  • an outstanding track record in research, with outcomes of high quality and impact (including peer-reviewed publications, e.g. journal articles, book chapters, monographs), evidence of attracting external funding and/or of principal investigation in international research projects; and
  • proven experience in successfully recruiting and supervising research students to completion.

Professor should also:


-       demonstrate excellence in teaching in a multicultural environment;

-       excellent written and oral communication skills;

-       experienced with distance and flexible learning.

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


Salary Range: FJ $153,416 to $165,855 per annum.

The University may offer an attractive market loading to exceptional candidates.


Enquiries: Dr Matthew Hayward – Acting Head of School (SPACE), School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education; ph: (679) 323 2940 email:


Closing date for applications: 28 July 2024



How to Apply


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The advertisement criteria are available on our University website (  under the Employment



Please include the following documents in your application: 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.


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