The Department of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature for a fixed-term period of 11 months, to cover maternity leave. The appointment will run from 1 May 2021. The successful candidate will have a strong teaching and research record to complement our current strengths in the field. They will be able to teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. This is likely to include ‘George Eliot’, ‘The Grotesque: From Dickens to Dahl’, ‘Raw Victorians: Race, Environment and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Literature’, ‘Reading Poetry’ and ‘Man, Woman and Machine in Victorian Fiction’. The postholder will also contribute to the pastoral care of students as a Personal Tutor and will supervise Undergraduate and MA dissertations. They will be responsible to the Head of Department and are likely to undertake at least one administrative role in the department.
Our ambition is to work together to create a more inclusive environment at King’s and in the English Department. We encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.
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This is a par-time post (70% FTE), a fixed-term contract for 11 months to cover maternity leave.
- Participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice.
- 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. •
- 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
- PhD in Literature or related field
- Ability to teach Nineteenth-Century Literature at BA and MA level and to work closely with doctoral students in a non-supervisory capacity
- 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
- Excellent presentational 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
- Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Knowledge of Nineteenth-Century Literature, its contexts, and its critical traditions
- Engagement in professional organisations (conference papers, workshops, memberships)
- Record of innovation in teaching and curriculum design
- Team player, ability to work with others and to support others when necessary
- Willingness to contribute to the pastoral care of students