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Teaching Fellow in Political Philosophy and Ethics

College of Arts and Law

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 21st Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927. With potential progression once in post to £43,434 a year
  • REF: 98979
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time


To teach and advise undergraduate, postgraduate or CPD students within the subject area of political philosophy and ethics within an established teaching programme. Ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme will lie with an experienced member of staff.

To give lectures and seminars on the following modules: Human Rights (Master’s level), Social Justice (Upper Level Undergraduate), Bodies and Beauty (Upper Level Undergraduate), and Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy (First Year Undergraduate).

To carry out other teaching and administrative duties as determined by the Head of Department.

Summary of Role
• Teaching within own subject area within an established teaching programme (under the supervision of an experienced academic member of staff)
• Contribute to enhancement of the student experience and employability

Main Duties / Responsibilities
• Teach courses at a range of levels within specified subject area and within own area of subject specialism to undergraduates, postgraduates and CPD students, predominantly through allocated lectures and seminars, so that the School’s teaching objectives are met.
• Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
• Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
• Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
• Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as a credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.)
• Frequently update own subject expertise.
• 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.
• Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
• Undertake management/administration arising from teaching.
• Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration.
• Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification
• Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications
• High level analytical capability
• Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Please note – Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. For informal enquiries about this post, please contact the Head of Department, Dr Michael Rush on m.d.rush@bham.ac.uk

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