Lecturer in TESOL (Teaching Focused) – School of English, Drama and Creative Studies – Grade 8 – 97351
School of English, Drama and Creative Studies
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553
Fixed Term Contract from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2023
Closing date – 13 June 2021
The University of Birmingham wishes to appoint an education-focused Lecturer in Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) with effect from 1st September 2021 until 31st August 2023. The post holder will support delivery of existing growth on the Department’s MA TESOL, and lead development of programme expansion across campus and DL modes, enhancing already-strong OS recruitment.
We seek an early career academic with a completed and successfully examined PhD, or close to completion, and a strong teaching record who will contribute to the teaching management and development activities in the Department of English Language and Linguistics.
The successful candidate will be expected to advance the practice of teaching within the department and take a role in leading curriculum development whilst also taking an important role in student academic support. Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at departmental and school level. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, public engagement and widening participation. The post holder should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students, and is informed by discipline-based research.
(The responsibilities are likely to include some but not all of the activities outlined below. In addition, the responsibilities will be as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
Education-focused Lecturer role-holders will:
Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal; and
Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area or institution; and
Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
Deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes; and
Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
Inform their teaching practice by discipline based research; and
Frequently update their own 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; and
Typically carry a higher teaching load than those staff who carry out both teaching and research; and
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.
In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research focused or research and teaching focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion.
Learning and Teaching
To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:
Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting 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
Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays dissertations or presentations)
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.
Devise & supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University
To contribute to Departmental /School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:
Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School
Lead and 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 colleagues and students
Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
Develop and make substantial contributions e to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
Skills and Experience (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
A PhD in a related field, or close to completion
Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at all levels.
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
Experience of both distance and classroom / face-to-face / campus-based learning, teaching, and curriculum design
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.
Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels
The Department of English Language and Linguistics
The Department of English Language and Linguistics is a world-leading centre of excellence for both teaching and research in English Language and Linguistics, with students based in Birmingham as well as in over thirty different countries. It forms a central part of the School of English, Drama, and Creative Studies, within the College of Arts and Law. The Department has an excellent track record in teaching and an active research culture with productive collaboration within and beyond the University, and wide-ranging public engagement. Staff in the department research and teach across the full range of English Language and Applied Linguistics, including Corpus Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Stylistics, Discourse Analysis, New Media and English Language Teaching.
The School of English, Drama and Creative Studies (EDACS)
This is a vibrant and thriving school, situated within the College of Arts and Law. It hosts a community of academics and students researching and learning in all areas of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Drama and Theatre Arts and Creative Studies. It has particular strengths in the study of Shakespeare both on campus and at our Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon. Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to combine academic scholarship with creative practice through performance, film and creative writing. EDACS aims to promote inter-disciplinarily and intellectual collaboration both in teaching and research.
The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunities employer. The School of English, Drama and Creative Studies recognises that strength and success comes from diversity and strives to maintain a flexible and supportive environment that enables all staff and students to flourish.
For further information please contact Dr Joe Spencer-Bennett, Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend for interview and do a presentation.
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