Teaching Fellow in English Literature – School of English, Drama and Creative Studies – 97510 – Grade 7
School of English, Drama and Creative Studies
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.
Part Time – 70% FTE (26.25 hours per week)
Fixed Term Contract from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022
Closing date – 20 June 2021
As a 0.7 fte Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Literature, the post holder will be expected to undertake approximately 12 hours of timetabled teaching per week at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level and participate in the department’s overall contribution to the School, College, and University. The post holder will also undertake personal academic tutoring and supervise UG and PGT dissertations. The post will include organisation, management and leadership duties. The successful candidate will have considerable relevant teaching and assessment experience in the field of English Literature, across a range of periods, and be committed to providing an excellent student learning experience. Experience of teaching widely across different levels and disciplinary areas would be an advantage, as would experience in the teaching of literature written for children. This is a part-time, fixed-term appointment and is available from 1st September 2021 until 31st August 2022.
Teach and mark modules at a range of levels to undergraduate and postgraduate students, predominantly through allocated lectures and seminars, so that the School’s teaching objectives are met.
Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work.
Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as a credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.)
Frequently update own subject expertise.
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.
Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
Undertake management/administration arising from teaching.
Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and undertake organisation, management and leadership duties.
Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
Scope of the Role
Teaching within an established teaching programme
Contribute to enhancement of the student experience and/or employability
Skills and Experience
A PhD in English Literature, or close to completion
High level analytical capability
Considerable experience of teaching undergraduate students and co-ordinating modules
Considerable experience of marking and co-ordinating the assessment of undergraduate work in English Literature
Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
The Department of English Literature
The Department of English Literature is a central part of the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies within the College of Arts and Law; our partner department within the School is the Shakespeare Institute, based in Stratford upon Avon. The Department has an excellent track record in teaching and an active research culture that emphasises excellent publications, productive collaboration within and beyond the University, and wide-ranging public engagement. Staff in the department research, publish and teach across the full chronological range of English Literature from Old English to the present day and are committed to a rich diversity of theoretical, historical and intellectual approaches to their subjects.
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 and American literature, Language and Linguistics, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and Drama and Theatre Arts. 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 Dave Gunning, Head of the Department of English Literature, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Telephone: 0121 414 2763, Email: D.R.Gunning@bham.ac.uk.
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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.