We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic lecturer to join the Institute of Humanities to play a key role in the delivery of our Media & Culture courses.
Media & Culture is an established course in the Institute of Humanities at the University of Worcester in which students get a solid grounding in analysing how media and culture operate, including the cultural and historical contexts. It currently offers both Single Honours and Joint Honours programme which students study in combination with a range of other subjects (Journalism, Sociology, English, Film, Literature, Creative & Digital Media). The Institute has growing community of PhD students and an MRes programme in Green Media and is developing other media and culture related postgraduate opportunities. All curricula are informed by active research, and Media & Culture staff have strong reputations and publication profiles. The Institute is committed to the employability and personal development of its students.
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic lecturer to join the Institute of Humanities to play a key role in the delivery of our Media & Culture courses. The new Lecturer will have an emerging specialism in digital and social media, and also an ability to teach research methods and media and culture theory. S/he will be expected to contribute to BA teaching across all BA levels, playing a significant role in the delivery of existing modules on the Media & Culture curriculum. Candidates should be committed to student success and innovation in Learning, Teaching and Assessment, and be reflective practitioners of HE teaching. The successful candidate will have the potential to produce published work suitable for submission to the Research Excellence Framework, and play an active role within the collaborative research and enterprise culture of the Institute.
Worcester’s Institute of Humanities encompasses a broad range of disciplines and the successful candidate will play an active role in development of its increasingly interdisciplinary approach.
Short-listed candidates invited to interview will be asked to deliver a 15-minute teaching session (followed by 5 minutes of questions). The session should cover an aspect of the candidate’s research specialism based within a putative Level 5 module of 12-week duration. The session should clearly illustrate the kind of student-centred activities which would be used to deliver this topic; there should also be a clear indication as to how this session would be introduced and concluded. The session will be delivered to a small panel of academics and students. The Chair of this group will provide feedback on the presentation to the interview panel.
Closing date: Wednesday 15 Nov 2017
Reference number: IE1711 - 3424
- Job details
- AC2 - £32,547 - £36,613
- Full time
- 8th January
- One year temporary contract: Jan 2018 - end Jan 2019
- Responsible to
- Head of English, Media&Culture
- Interview date
- To be confirmed
The Institute of Humanities has access to a good range of high-quality teaching facilities, which have grown and developed as part of the University’s expansion in recent years. The University’s new library, The Hive, is widely acknowledged to be groundbreaking in its scope and approach, as the first purpose-built joint University / community library in Europe.
The new Lecturer will join a creative and vibrant academic community, where research and teaching are fully integrated; staff members in the Institute played a significant role in the University’s REF 2014 submission and have ambitious work in progress for REF 2021. The Institute has a dynamic approach to making regional, national, and international connections in both academic and professional contexts, and this is reflected in the aspirations and approach of the Media & Culture team. Key foci for continuous development within the Institute are: postgraduate course portfolio (with new MRes. programmes now recruiting well); international research achievement and continuing development of research culture; and innovative development of professional / industry engagement and knowledge transfer work.
- Main duties
1. To lead, teach, and assess Media & Culture modules across the BA curriculum, specialising in social and digital media, as well as media & culture theories and research methods.
2. To design and develop innovative and inspiring learning materials and assessments, in relevant modules.
3. To supervise students undertaking Independent Research Project at level 6.
4. To act as a Personal Academic Tutor to undergraduate students
5. To assist with marketing and recruitment activities such as admissions, open days, widening participation, and outreach activities, as agreed with line manager.
6. To participate in curriculum development work including planning, development and evaluation of programmes
7. To contribute to the development of work placement opportunities for students and the development of industry links and professional networks to support student employability.
8. To carry out academic administrative work and participate in relevant committees within the Institute and University.
9. To participate in annual staff development and review processes.
10. To actively engage in scholarship in ways which contribute to the University and Institute objectives and contribute to ensuring up-to-date, leading-edge teaching.
11. To participate fully in the life of the Institute and University, by engaging in representational and ambassadorial activities in support of the Institute’s activities and carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Head of Institute or her/his nominee.
*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.
*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.
*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.
- Person specification
Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.
1. A good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline
2. A higher degree on a media & culture related topic: a completed or near completion PhD
3. Experience of effective teaching of digital and social media, as well as research methods and media & culture theory at HE level
4. Experience of module leadership at HE level
5. An emerging profile of published research suitable for submission to the Research Excellence Framework
6. Ability to support the diverse academic and personal needs of individual students
7. The ability to use Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
8. Excellent organisational, communication, and interpersonal skills and a commitment to teamwork
9. Professional links and networks able to be deployed to the benefit of Media & Culture students at Worcester
1. Experience of admissions and recruitment in a university context
2. Capability to contribute to the development of work placement opportunities for students
3. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship*
* As part of their CPD, early-career academics or those relatively new to HE will have the opportunity to embark on relevant training components of the HEA professional recognition scheme at Worcester and would receive support, developmental teaching observations, and subject-specific mentoring.
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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-over:s
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In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.
This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.