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Assistant Professor in Performance and Creative Practices (Education-focused)

School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, College of Arts and Law

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 17th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £42,149 to £50,296 with potential progression once in post to £56,587
  • REF: 98922
  • Closes: 17th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Summary of Role

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 Literature, Language and Linguistics, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Drama and Theatre Arts and Creative Studies. 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 Department of Drama and Theatre Arts wishes to appoint an education-focused Assistant Professor in Performance and Creative Practices with effect from 1st September 2022 until 31st August 2025. You will be part of a committed and dynamic community of academics and dedicated production team, working on the Selly Oak campus in Birmingham, with its bespoke theatre facilities. Your role will be mainly focused on leading our new MA Performance Practices programme, through your understanding of and engagement with innovative and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. We particularly seek to appoint a practitioner-researcher with specialisms in applied and/or community theatre practice.

The post holder will offer leadership in developing the curriculum, and in teaching and assessment, with support from the wider Department, enabling our students to thrive. The successful candidate will convene modules; make and sustain effective links with external partners for the purposes of enhancing student experience and employability; supervise student assessments; undertake personal academic tutoring; supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects; and actively contribute to the work of the Department.

The MA Performance Practices will launch in September 2022 and will have specialist pathways in Wellbeing and Social Change. The post holder will deliver excellent teaching that inspires students and is informed by discipline-based research. As a practitioner-researcher in applied theatre, you will have expertise in socially engaged practices and experience of working with students with a range of groups and communities. The successful candidate will be expected to teach across theory and practice, advancing teaching practice within the department and take a role in leading new curriculum development, particularly at postgraduate level. Management and administration are likely to involve contributions at departmental and school level. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, public engagement and widening participation.

You will join a collective of internationally renowned scholars, theatre-makers and creative researchers committed to providing the next generation of artists and critical thinkers with the tools to challenge the status quo and innovate creatively within current cultural, social and political landscapes. Your annual workload will include an allowance for scholarship, and we will welcome you to our research community. You will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, ensuring the way they carry out their role impacts positively on how others carry out theirs.

We particularly welcome applicants from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector.

Main Duties/Responsibilities


1. You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:
• contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal;
• develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best practice in the subject area or institution;
• advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment;
• deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes;
• advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support;
• inform your teaching practice by discipline based research;
• frequently update your subject expertise, and 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;
• you may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.

2. Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):

• teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
• planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
• designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content;
• working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment;
• using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;
• developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
• where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
• developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
• developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;
• devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.


To contribute to Departmental /School administration. This may include:

• contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School;
• where appropriate, leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
• advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
• making a contribution to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
• managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
• developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach;
• promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.


Contributing to an inclusive working environment:

• pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their activities effectively and efficiently;
• demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);
• demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice;
• willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);
• positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;
• proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

Person Specification

• A higher degree relevant to the discipline area.
• Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
• Familiarity with documentary, video essays and/or other practice-based methodologies.
• Experience in the film, television, digital or wider creative industries.
• Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
• Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.


• Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
• Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.

Management Administration

• Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
• Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area.
• Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
• Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.

For further information please contact Dr Gianna Bouchard, Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. Email: G.M.Bouchard@bham.ac.uk.

Equal Opportunities

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.

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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.

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