Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded!

17 August 2004

By Assoc Prof. Frank Sligo

A Postdoctoral Fellowship has been awarded by the University to the Department of Communication and Journalism for 2005-2006. This is a prestigious award which recognises the quality of the Literacy and Employment research programme being undertaken there in partnership with the Wanganui District Library and in association with other Wanganui organisations including Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui), Whanganui Community Foundation, and Te Puna Matauranga O Whanganui. The Postdoctoral Fellow will join the FRST-funded team researching adult literacy and employment in Wanganui and Districts, and will create a complementary stream of research within small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) to explore literacy-related impediments to enterprise development. This will help to build theory in adult literacy and employment in the important but under-researched area of SME growth. The place of persons of low literacy in pluralistic employment environments is underproblematised, and a theoretical basis for the literacy-employment nexus insufficiently developed, enabling Massey to add a new research direction in this programme.


The University will soon advertise this position on the Department's behalf worldwide. If you have recently completed your doctorate, or know of someone who may be interested in this possibility, please do not hesitate to contact Frank Sligo, Niki Culligan, or any other person associated with this programme for more details. The Postdoctoral award is remunerated at steps one and two on the University's Lecturer scale, and the position will be based in the Dept in Wellington, but there will be regular visits to PN and to Wanganui. It is intended that the especial focus of the Postdoc will be working in the area of business and literacy.


Well done to Associate Professor Margie Comrie, Elspeth Tilley and Dale Pfeifer in particular who all gave excellent advice and support in creating the case for this award!




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