Assistant Professor of Public Religion

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Job Description

Assistant Professor of Public Religion (Education) – Grade 8 – 100075  (220001GY)




Position Details

College of Arts and Law

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587

Full time

Grade 8

Fixed term contract for up to 36 months

Closing Date: 24th August 2024

Interview Date: Friday, 23rd September 2022

The University has introduced a revised Academic Career Framework and new Assistant Professors joining us will participate in a 5 year Academic Development Programme which will provide mentorship and development opportunities to support their progression to Associate Professor at the end of the programme.

Summary of Role

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.

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 in your modules 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 are 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 or further within the University.

Main Duties / Responsibilities


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

  • contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal.
  • develop 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; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.

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

  • 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.
  • using digital resources/environments effectively to support 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.


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.
  • contributing 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.


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) close to completion or equivalent qualifications.
  • Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess, and revise teaching programmes.
  • Extensive 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 championing 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.

For informal enquiries or if you have any questions about this post, please contact the   MPA Programme Lead, Prof Andrew Davies at


Valuing excellence, sustaining investment 

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 





Primary Location



 Academic Non-clinical


 Philosophy, Theology and Religion




Job Posting

 20.07.2022, 12:00:00 AM

Grade (for job description) Grade 8

Salary (Pay Basis)


Maximum Salary


Advert Close Date

 24.08.2022, 11:59:00 PM

Fixed Term Contract End Date 01.01.2026

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