F.D. Maurice Chair in Moral and Social Theology

Theology & Religious Studies

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 01st Feb 2021
  • Salary: £83,767 and £89,308 including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 014505
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

King’s College London is delighted to advertise the F.D. Maurice Chair in Moral and Social Theology at the Department of Theology & Religious Studies (TRS).

Frederick Denison Maurice (1805 – 1872) joined King’s in 1840 as a professor. He was a social thinker, commentator, and public moralist renowned for his concern for social justice and equality. This highly prestigious post has a particular historical and contemporary significance, related to moral and social concerns, and developments in the wider society.

You must have institutional leadership experience and are expected to take on the role of Head of Department for an initial period of four years, renewable. You will be expected to develop a long-term strategy to ensure the continued development and success of TRS.

You will contribute to teaching at all levels (BA, PGT, and PGR) and to the Department’s thriving research environment. We seek applicants to develop the themes of religious, ethnic and social diversity; as well as global perspectives on issues of equality, social justice, social ethics, and morality in politics. You will develop collaborations on these themes, across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and King’s more generally, and show a keen interest in engaging in public debates on moral and social issues. Applications from across disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences are welcome.

We encourage applications from all parts of the world and from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time – 100% full time equivalent.
Key responsibilities

  • Taking on the role of Head of Department for an initial period of four years.
  • Teaching and supervision of dissertations at UG (in particular within the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme), MA and PhD levels.
  • Making a considerable contribution to the TRS and King’s research culture through developing grant applications for cutting-edge research projects, and engaging in academic collaborations across the university and beyond.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD in Theology or relevant areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Excellent ability to engage students in insightful, empathetic, and intellectually rigorous thinking about ethical and moral issues in contemporary society and its politics.
  • Deep insight into ethical and moral issues in contemporary society and the ability to conceptualise and explore them through intellectually rigorous and socially engaged research.
  • Proven record of academic leadership relevant to the Head of Department’s role, including management of staff, budgets, working with senior management and professional services, and the development of long-term research and education strategies.
  • High awareness of and the ability to accommodate the diversity of identities and protected characteristics in academic environments.
  • Proven record of delivering teaching modules on social and moral issues with special reference to religion from a variety of academic perspectives.
  • Proven record of high-quality research and publications in relevant academic areas.
  • Qualities of a public intellectual, capable of and highly motivated to contribute to public debates on moral and social issues of our time, especially those related to diversity and inclusion in contemporary society.

Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of community engagement and service
  • Knowledge of non-European languages and cultures
  • Evidence of direct involvement in pedagogical activities related to the diversification and decolonisation of the curriculum
  • Demonstrable understanding of change management and supporting colleagues through change

Further information

All candidates should include with their application a statement (of no longer than 2 pages) of their institutional leadership experience and interest in leading institutional change for the TRS department at King’s.
Please also include a short statement describing past experience that promotes diversity and inclusion; and any plans to make future contributions to more inclusive representation of racialised and other minorities in the applicant’s core discipline or in the academy more broadly.

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