Lecturer in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic

English Language & Literature

London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 29th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £38,304-£45,026 per annum including £3,500 London Weighting
  • REF: 014444
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Department of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic whose research specialism falls within the period from the abolition of slavery to Black Lives Matter. The appointment will run from 1 September 2021. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research with potential for future grant capture. We are particularly interested in candidates with specialisms in African-American, black British or Caribbean writing. In the first year of the post, teaching is likely to include the following modules: ‘Reading Poetry’, ‘US Slavery and the Literary Imagination’, ‘Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic’ and other teaching in American and modern literature. Hereafter, the postholder will be encouraged to develop Undergraduate and MA modules relating to their own areas of specialism. The postholder will also play a full part in pastoral care as a personal tutor, in administration and dissertation supervision. They will be responsible to the Head of Department.

Our ambition is to work together to create a more inclusive environment at King’s and in the English Department. We particularly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.

About the Faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums

About the Department of English: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/english

About the Department of English: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/english

This post will be offered on an open-ended contract.

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

  • Participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice
  • Produce research of international quality and contribute to the research culture of the Department and Faculty
  • Attend and contribute to appropriate research seminars/conferences
  • Serve as module convenor for Undergraduate and MA modules
  • Act as personal tutor to students as agreed with the Head of Department and assist with difficulties, e.g. learning support/problems
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations
  • •Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their leaning
  • Contribute to the administration of the Department
  • Engage in professional development as appropriate
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department

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 Literature or related fields
  • Ability to teach in the area of Literatures & Cultures of the Black Atlantic at BA and MA level
  • High quality teaching skills: ability to communicate difficult concepts and material to students of all levels; ability to inspire students; ability to enable students to develop their individual intellectual and personal potential
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate students
  • Knowledge of Black Atlantic literatures and cultures, their context, and critical traditions.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research with the potential for future grant capture
  • Excellent presentation skills: ability to present information and concepts in written and oral form to a variety of levels.
  • Excellent administrative skills: ability to support the organisational aspects of teaching, learning and research
  • Experience of working with virtual learning environments
  • Ability to be innovative in teaching and in curriculum design
  • Engagement in professional organisations (conference papers, workshops, memberships)
  • Team player, ability to work with others and to support others when necessary.
  • Willingness to contribute to the pastoral care of students.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of postgraduate research supervision
  • Experience of teaching MA students

Further information

The selection process will consist of an interview, a presentation and the submission of a writing sample and module outline.

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