Assistant Professor, Distance Learning Mental Health – College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Details

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £45,585 to £54,395 with potential progression once in post to £61,198

Grade: 8

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 21st July 2024

 

Academic Development Programme – new Assistant Professors will undertake a 5-year development programme, at the end of which they are expected to be promoted to Associate Professor. The programme consists of a variety of development opportunities and the time to reflect and develop.

Background

We are seeking a creative, thoughtful and collaborative colleague who will support the development and delivery of a new Distance Learning Postgraduate Mental Health Programme. Once the programme is established you would also support and develop your leadership skills in other education activities in the School of Psychology. We run a successful campus-based MSc in Programme in Mental Health, and we are adding a complementary distance-learning programme to our course portfolio.

We will consider applicants with the skills necessary to support implementing and developing distance learning programmes and a demonstrable understanding of how effective distance learning programmed can be run. Experience supporting and teaching on distance learning programmes is preferred but not essential.

You will also have discipline-specific knowledge in any area of mental health, although some alignment with one or more of our Institute for Mental Health (IMH) research themes is preferable.

Our themes are: suicide and self-harm; early intervention and prevention; innovation in policy, systems, and services; justice, equalities, and capabilities; mental health data science and epidemiology; multidisciplinary approaches to the neuroscience of mental health.

Role Summary

You will contribute to a range of education-related activities. In addition you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others carry out theirs.

You will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of digital content in online programmes as well as on other campus-based programmes.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development and delivery of teaching and assessment at all levels; and (b) enhancement of the student experience and employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

You will be expected to advance teaching and learning practice within the school, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic and pastoral support. You will deliver excellent teaching that inspires students and is informed by discipline-based research.

Management and administration is likely to include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level.

Main Duties

Education

You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:

  • contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal;
  • adopt and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best practice in the subject area or institution;
  • advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment;
  • deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes;
  • advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support;
  • inform your teaching practice by discipline based research;
  • frequently update your subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes;
  • you may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students

You will use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):

  • using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;
  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
  • designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content;
  • working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment;
  • developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
  • where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
  • developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;
  • devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.

Management/Administration

To contribute to Departmental /School administration. This may include:

  • contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School;
  • where appropriate, leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g., new programme or a recruitment drive);
  • advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
  • making a contribution to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
  • managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach;
  • promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Citizenship

Contributing to an inclusive working environment:

  • pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their activities effectively and efficiently;
  • demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);
  • demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice;
  • willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);
  • positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;
  • proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Appropriate teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.

Teaching

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Ability to produce high-quality accessible digital content to support postgraduate distance-learning programmes.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Experience of supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area.
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.

 

Informal enquiries to Dr Sally Adams (s.adams.2@bham.ac.uk) or Dr Roxana Baiasu (r.baiasu@bham.ac.uk)

 

We believe there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ member of University of Birmingham staff and that diversity in its many forms is a strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of University life. We are committed to proactively addressing the barriers experienced by some groups in our community and are proud to hold Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter and Disability Confident accreditations. We have an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre that focuses on continuously improving the University as a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. We are also committed to sustainability, which is a key part of our strategyYou can find out more about our work to create a fairer university for everyone on our website.

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