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Lecturer in Cultural Competency (Academic Education Pathway)

English Language & Literature

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 16th Aug 2021
  • Salary: £38,304-£45,026 per annum, including £3,500 London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 030007
  • Closes: 05th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

King’s College London wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Cultural Competency (Academic Education Pathway), tenable for three years, from September 2021. The successful candidate will be based in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and join colleagues in the Cultural Competency Institute, which oversees the cross-Faculty development and implementation of Cultural Competency at King’s. The successful candidate will play a key role in the collaborative envisioning, planning, and organisation of this Institute. In particular, they will help develop, convene, teach, and assess a range of intellectually vibrant cross-Faculty undergraduate modules in topics relating to Cultural Competency. These modules will draw on the latest research and pedagogy, articulating the significant interface between culture(s), language(s), and identity/identities, exploring both the theorisation of Cultural Competency across disciplines, and its application in diverse social, community, and professional contexts.

The successful candidate will have a strong teaching and research record to complement existing strengths in the Arts & Humanities, with an interest in applying Cultural Studies or related disciplines to improving policy, procedure, and/or practice. We particularly welcome candidates who specialise in cross-cultural questions and who have a good understanding of concepts around (in)equality and diversity, marginalisation, colonialism, decolonisation, and/or social (in)justice. Applications may come from a diverse range of fields, which might include (but is not limited to): Black Studies, Clinical Humanities, Culture, Media & the Creative Industries, Critical & Cultural Studies/Theory, Digital Humanities, Disability Studies, Ethnography, Gender Studies, Global Cultures, Global Health, Colonial History, Intercultural Communication, Medical Humanities, Modern Languages & Linguistics, Postcolonial Studies, Queer & Trans Studies, Race & Ethnicity Studies, and/or World Cultures & Literatures.

At King’s, we are committed to ensuring that applicants from under-represented backgrounds, and/or those with protected characteristics, feel confident applying to work with us. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics, and/or that have been marginalised on any grounds, so that we better reflect the community we serve.

The postholder will be responsible to the Co-Directors of Cultural Competency, Dr Shuangyu Li and Dr Benedict Schofield.

To find out more about the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s, see: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums

At King’s, we understand Cultural Competency as “the ability to view the world through the lens of others”, in all their diversity, including people from different nations and regions, socio-economic backgrounds, races, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities. This entails developing institution-wide understanding of concepts including positionality, intersectionality, and interdisciplinarity. To find out more, see: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/culturalcompetency

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

The appointment is to the Academic Education Pathway (AEP), which is focused on the delivery of education, including leadership in education. Indicatively, 80% of a staff member’s activities will be accounted for by a combination of teaching, supervision, student support, educational leadership and innovation, and administration; the remaining 20% will be dedicated to scholarship.

Key responsibilities

  • To collaborate with academics, professional services colleagues, and students on the institutional development of the Cultural Competency programme, including the planning, organisation and delivery of Cultural Competency to students and staff across all Faculties and Departments
  • To contribute to the design and delivery of institution-wide undergraduate teaching in the field of Cultural Competency, including curriculum development, quality assurance, module approval, convening, teaching, and assessment/feedback
  • To contribute, as appropriate, to the development of new modules on MA programmes in Cultural Competency, and the development of research training modules for PhD students
  • To contribute, as appropriate, to the development of Continuing Professional Development modules and Executive Education modules in Cultural Competency
  • To support the promotion of Cultural Competency at King’s, and disseminate and apply the results of teaching and scholarship within King’s, and to communities beyond King’s
  • To support the development of the education and research profile of the Cultural Competency Institute
  • To develop an area of interest in educational research/scholarship on Cultural Competency (e.g. evaluation studies, actional research of innovative pedagogy, etc.)
  • To undertake administrative duties at Institute, Faculty, and College level, as required

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

1. PhD in relevant discipline (completed or submitted by time of application)

2. Knowledge of concepts relating to Cultural Competency, including current research and teaching methodologies

3. Teaching experience at undergraduate level, including the design of teaching material

4. Ability to communicate difficult concepts and material to students and staff of all levels; to inspire; to enable learners to develop their individual intellectual and personal potential

5. Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and with people from diverse backgrounds

6. Ability to work independently, showing initiative

7. Ability to communicate in written and oral forms to a variety of levels respectfully, sensitively, and effectively

8. Good administrative skills

9. Ability to support the organisational aspects of teaching, learning, and research

Desirable criteria

1. Experience of interdisciplinary curriculum design

2. Experience of innovative methods of teaching delivery, including online teaching delivery

3. Experience of teaching Cultural Competency, or teaching that works across disciplinary and cultural boundaries

Teaching experience at postgraduate level (MA)

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