Department of Mathematics teaching fellowship

Each year the Department offers an annual Mathematics teaching fellowship for secondary school teachers.

Applications for the 2020 fellowship closed at 5 pm on Friday 9th August.

The fellowship aims to help secondary school mathematics teachers develop new skills and gain research experience while at the same time strengthening the links between schools and the University.

As a Mathematics teaching fellow, you will spend one year in the University environment teaching mathematics courses and running outreach activities. You will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and university study, to upskill in mathematics and gain valuable research experience.

2020 Teaching Fellow

The Department of Mathematics 2020 Teaching Fellow is Annie Mathew, a teacher from Southern Cross Campus College. Annie teaches Calculus and Statistics at NCEA level 2 and 3 and is also the cross curricular and impact project teacher.

She has a BSc majoring in Mathematics and Statistics and also a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics and Statistics. In 2015, she completed a Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education at the University of Auckland.

Annie has over 30 years of hands-on, successful teaching experience, and hopes to use her fellowship year to pursue the use of technology in teaching mathematics. She has observed that technology has an important role in the teaching and learning of mathematics this century and believes that if we are able to use technology while teaching students will be more interested in learning and will improve their understanding of, and proficiency in, mathematics.

Annie takes up her position in January 2020 and will be teaching stage one mathematics courses during her year-long fellowship.

Fellowship details

To preserve school teaching salary and conditions of service we generally expect the fellow to take a period of leave from their employer.  The Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland will negotiate details of salary payment with the school of the successful applicant.

The department will provide salary payment (as described above), desk space, computing facilities and access to the university libraries. In turn, you will be required to:

  • Assist in the teaching of appropriate stage one mathematics courses
  • Participate in appropriate outreach activities on behalf of the Department of Mathematics
  • Contribute to other activities in the Department of Mathematics and the Mathematics Education Unit, such as seminars and discussions.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should:

  • Have a degree with a major in mathematics, or equivalent
  • Have at least four years of recent experience teaching secondary school mathematics in New Zealand
  • Be teaching mathematics in a New Zealand school currently
  • Hold New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship
  • Have a proven record of success as a teacher of senior mathematics

For more information download our list of frequently asked questions below.

How to apply

Please email the following documents to Rachel Passmore before the closing date. 

  • The completed application form (download below)
  • Current CV

Note: The application form requires contact details for two referees. At least one referee should be able to provide a detailed reference on your teaching ability. 


Informal enquiries about the Fellowship may be directed to:
Head of the Mathematics Education Unit
Dr Igor’ Kontorovich

General enquiries about the Department may be made to:
Head of Department
Professor Steven Galbraith