Senior lecturer in Philosophy of Religion - School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

University of Birmingham

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Bristol


Position type:

Full time


Salary:

Competitive

24 Feb 2020
15 Apr 2020

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Reference number: BIR-2000015B

Position Details

School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, College of Arts and Law

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time Grade 9

Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £51,034 to £59,135. With potential progression once in post to £77,108

Closing date: April 15, 2020

 

Background

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a permanent position of a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion (grade 9). The new Senior Lecturer will join an internationally well-regarded philosophy department and also the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion. They will also be able to co-operate with the staff at the Department of Theology and Religion.

 

Summary of the Role

We are seeking to appoint a person, who can contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to the whole range of research, teaching leadership and administration.

 

Research is likely to involve an established national and developing international reputation in philosophy of religion through significant original research work published in leading journals. The Senior Lecturer is also expected to successfully solicit significant research grants and to do impactful research.

 

The role-holder is expected to teach a range of modules in philosophy of religion at different levels and also to supervise students at UG, Masters and PhD levels. The teaching element of the role will also include development and leadership of major teaching programmes or equivalent in philosophy of religion and enhancement off the student experience or employability that is of manifest benefit to the College and University. The Senior Lecturer will also be expected to contribute to the management and administration and the Departmental and School level in roles appropriate to the career stage and also to the management activities at the University level too when opportunities arise. They will also promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
 

Main Duties

Research

  • To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice. This may include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:
  • Make a major contribution to the management of research activities
  • Lead successful funding bids which develop and sustain research in philosophy of religion
  • Publish leading research that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality in the subject area and/or designing and developing innovative underpinning technologies
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Provide leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline
  • Referee and peer review articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies

In addition, research responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 listed below:Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externallyManage research activities and/or supervise other research staff

 

Learning and Teaching

  • To contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis in learning and teaching. This may include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:
  • Lead the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching. This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems.
  • Act as adviser for teaching and learning methods through excellent practice and mentoring other colleagues
  • Lead the design and/or co-ordination of programmes or equivalent activities across the School
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning policy, methods and standards
  • Lead the development and management of assessment strategies within the School/Department
  • Enhance the student experience and/or employability and to take part in activities that are of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University.

In addition, the learning and teaching responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 level listed below:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels especially in philosophy of religion
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods

 

Management/administration

To chair and/or lead activities in the Department/ School and representation on University committees or working groups. This is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.

  • Make an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment and/or on research
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • Contribute to the management of the Templeton-funded Global Philosophy of Religion Project http://www.glboal-philosophy.org which will commence in September 2020.
  • Make important contributions to the development of the Department/School/PAU’s research strategy and/or learning and teaching strategy
  • Develop and implement a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes Equality and values diversity and inclusion.

In addition, the management/administration responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 listed below:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead/project manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of staff and students
  • Make a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline
  • Contribute to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities

 

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications

Demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas.Research requirements

 

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by
    • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
    • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University

 

Learning and teaching requirements

An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:

  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning; the development of learning resources
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning

 

Management and administration-related requirements

Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings

  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues
  • Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues

 

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Jussi Suikkanen at j.v.suikkanen@bham.ac.uk We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’

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