Associate Professor (Education) – Birmingham Business School

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Position Details

Birmingham Business School

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £56,021 to £64,914 with potential progression once in post to £84,644

Grade: 9

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 31st July 2024



Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham is a world-leading institution and global thought leader in responsible business. Our vision is to inspire curiosity within our students and drive positive change within all fields of business, locally and globally. We are committed to producing forward-thinking leaders. We hold triple-crown accreditation with EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

As a result of our recent success and expansion in some of our programmes, the Department of Strategy and International Business at the University of Birmingham is seeking to appoint a Teaching Focused Associate Professor in Strategy/International Business. This is an opportunity to develop and evidence teaching and learning skills at Associate Professor level in a research-led, TEF 2023 Gold awarded in student outcomes, Russell Group university. In addition, 10% of workload will be dedicated to scholarship/personal research.

The Department of Strategy and International Business is well-respected and a prominent player in the international business and global strategy field nationally and internationally. Its members produce high-calibre research in several areas including Organisations and Sustainable Development in the World Economy, Innovation and Collaboration in Global Value Chains and Multinational Strategies, SMEs and International Entrepreneurship, and Living in a World of Global Organizations. The department’s teaching portfolio is mainly international, covering both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings in Edgbaston, Singapore and Dubai. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the delivery of our portfolio with colleagues across the department on our Business Management undergraduate suite, MSc International Business programmes, and MBA/EMBA programmes.

The successful candidate will deliver an outstanding student experience to our internationally diverse undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts, leading modules, delivering lectures and delivering and co-ordinating assessment, seminars, marking and supervision in areas relevant to their expertise. Successful applicant may also undertake leadership and service activities in line with the Department, School and College’s strategic objectives.

Role Summary

Contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to the whole range of teaching leadership and administration. In addition you will be expected to contribute to academic citizenship, likely to be demonstrated through generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students.

Teaching is likely to include: (a) development and leadership of major teaching programmes or equivalent; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability, that are of manifest benefit to the College and the University. It is expected that you will demonstrate a significant contribution to the advancement of teaching (policy, practice, standards) of the subject, provide leadership in teaching and learning that is innovative to the subject area or institution, with a significant contribution to the debate nationally about teaching.

Management and administration is likely to include Departmental/School leadership and management activity with University wide involvement – for example through sustained high value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar activities.

Main Duties


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

  • making a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based research;
  • leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches and supporting colleagues to use them in the subject area or institution;
  • leading on curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
  • actively engaging students in curriculum design;
  • making an impactful, high quality contribution to debates about education policy, methods and practices through internal and external publications, subject societies and conference activity;
  • developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, eg. external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
  • where appropriate, playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
  • co-supervising doctoral students to completion;
  • leading the development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;
  • acting as an education mentor to colleagues in the School/Department/College or more widely;
  • leading the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching;
  • leading sustained high value impact in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or or employability, and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University;
  • undertaking own teaching, which will include teaching and examining courses at a range of levels, planning and reviewing own teaching approaches, developing programme proposals, supervision, marking and examining. You will ensure that your teaching practice is informed by discipline based research, through participating in the research culture of the School.


Lead activities in the Department/ School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups. Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.

  • making an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment;
  • leading a successful international engagement at School or College level;
  • developing and managing staff and resources in support of major teaching activities;
  • making important contributions to the development of the Department’s (and the University) learning and teaching strategy;
  • contributing significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University in a teaching/education context;
  • develops and implements a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes Equality and values diversity and inclusion;
  • leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/Department, e.g., Senate, Council, University Education or Research Committee etc.;
  • leading external committees, e.g., those associated with public/professional bodies or delivery of activities for an external body at an appropriate level, e.g., chairing sub committees associated with large elements of work;
  • leading/project managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
  • making a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline;.
  • contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).


  • identifying wellbeing issues within the School/College/University and developing appropriate solutions to address these;
  • taking collective ownership of challenges faced by the School or College and working with colleagues to develop solutions;
  • mentoring and coaching of colleagues, particularly those in the early stages of their career.

Person Specification

  • A PhD/DBA relevant to the discipline area
  • Relevant teaching experience and scholarship within international business and strategy
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication, interpersonal and presentation skills across a range of relevant contexts
  • Able to demonstrate awareness of the academic needs of all kinds of students and use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching support
  • Able to demonstrate excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Management and administration

Learning and teaching requirements

An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. 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
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University

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 enquiries to Head of the Department of Strategy and International Business, Professor Linda Hsieh, email:


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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