Associate Professor Terry Locke teaches English/Language Education in the Arts and Language Education Department. He also teaches in the Professional Studies Department in the course, Adolescence: Aspects of learning.
He lectured in the English Department at Auckland University from 1970 to 1976 and then again from 1980 to 1983, where he taught in a number of areas including: American Poetry, Modern Poetry, New Zealand Literature, Nineteenth-Century American Fiction, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism. His PhD is in American poetry. In 1971-2 he was a visiting Research Fellow at Yale University.
At Auckand University, he developed an interest in the dynamics of literacy development encompassing such things as reader-response theory (Ă la Louise Rosenblatt), post-modern theories of resistant reading and reader positioning, genre-based theories of teaching and writing, and rhetorical theories for developing a rationale for English as a subject.
After a total of 12 years secondary school teaching, which included roles as both a HOD English and HOD Drama, he joined the staff of Waikato University in 1997.