Leadership on Employability, 2015 onwards


Convenor of the University of Auckland Community of Interest in Employability 2019 onwards

University of Auckland Representative on the Universities NZ Work Integrated Learning Working Group, 2019 onwards

Employability Advocate, School of Social Sciences, 2017 onwards

Lead, Embedding Employability, Faculty of Arts BA Renewal, 2016-17


Internal activity

Student Employability workshops co-designed, created and delivered with Careers staff, 2018

  • Workshop 1: Prioritising your Arts career: Getting started
  • Workshop 2: Possibilities for your Arts career
  • Workshop 3: Pathway to your Arts career
  • Workshop 4: Practicalities of starting your Arts career

Online resources created for students and staff, 2017-8

Internal discussion document ‘Embedding Employability in the Arts BA: Recommendations and Options’ Discussion Document, Faculty of Arts, BA Renewal, October 2016: https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/arts/documents/embedding-employability.pdf

Internal presentations ‘Embedding Employability in the ARTS BA’, Presentation to the Faculty of Arts, October 12 2016; ‘The employability work stream as part of the BA Renewal Project’ talk to the Faculty of Arts senior professional staff managers, December 2016; and Cleland Alison and J Lees-Marshment (2015) and I presented ‘Fixing the hole in your programme: real world teaching,’ presentation to the University Teaching and Learning Showcase, University of Auckland


External activity

Member of the Future Ready Grads project https://www.futurereadygrads.ac.nz/about-us/, 2018-2019

Teaching The Practice of Politics: a free online library of teaching resources to teach employability in politics & IR www.coursesites.com/s/_TeachingPracticeofPolitics

  • Has power-point slides, workshop handouts, workshop preparation, group exercises, assessment ideas; sample syllabi; teaching tips; and resources including adverts for jobs in politics and IR, links to media and practitioner articles and videos and relevant academic literature
  • Evaluation comments include
    • ‘An amazing resource…will finally allow us to start to bridge the practitioner/academic gap that has so destroyed political science in the eyes of our funders in government’ (Dr Lindsay MacDonald, Canterbury University, New Zealand);
    • ‘A phenomenal pedagogical support service to a community of scholars, practitioners and students around the world.’(Alex Marland, Newfoundland University, Canada);
    • ‘The world of PoliSci teaching owes you a tremendous debt for curating this fabulous collection…the substantive content of the site is really useful. It’s a nice blend of course-specific information and student testimonial with a sprinkling of generic SoTL insights (e.g. on applied/authentic assessment).’ (Associate Professor Laura J Sheppard, UNSW, Australia)

Lees-Marshment, J (2017) ‘Teaching politics and employability’ presentation to the Public Policy Network annual conference, Flinders University, 31 January, invited international presentation by skype

Lees-Marshment, J (2016) ‘Teaching the Practice of Politics: what, how and why we can teach employability in political sciences’, New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, University of Waikato

Organiser, Teaching Politics Panel at the 2014 NZPSA (NZ Political studies association) conference Connecting study to work: The importance and ease of teaching practical politics in political science degrees; included presentations from myself, Annette Keogh (Library and Learning services): Catherine Stephens (Careers): Jennifer Curtin (Politics): and Julie MacArthur (Politics).


Teaching publications

Cleland, Alison and Jennifer Lees-Marshment (2015) ‘Applied academic teaching and learning: How and why you should introduce real world teaching’ in Insights into practice: Teaching cases for student engagement and achievement, edited by Gunn and Ramsay, CLeaR  https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/clear/documents/fellows/fellows_pub_2015.pdf

Wyman, Matthew, Jennifer Lees-Marshment and Jon Herbert (2012) ‘From Politics Past to Politics Future: Addressing the Employability Agenda Through A Professional Politics Curriculum’ Chapter 17 in Teaching Politics and International Relations C Gormley-Heenan and S Lightfoot (eds), Palgrave Macmillan pp. 236-254