NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Philosophy

Location
Singapore
Posted
Thursday, 18 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Ref
3660444
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Description

The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to hire a team of dedicated educators to help implement its interdisciplinary offerings in three new core modules: Integrated Humanities, Social Sciences, and Asian Studies. FASS will hire multiple positions at the rank of Teaching Assistant and Instructor to support these modules. Candidates from any discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Asian Studies may apply. Interdisciplinary research expertise and/or experience teaching in an interdisciplinary environment will be advantageous.

Responsibilities

Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting tutorials (discussion groups), providing administrative support for the module, and supporting other aspects of the day-to-day running of the module. They will be academically housed in one of the Departments or Programmes in FASS. Candidates will be expected to teach up to 240 contact hours per academic year. Additional responsibilities will depend on rank (see below) and may include administrative service. The anticipated start date is 1 July 2021 prior to the beginning of the new academic year commencing in August 2021. The appointment is for a period of one or two years with the possibility of extension.

Successful candidates will be hired on the Educator Track. The Educator Track at NUS aims to attract, nurture, and retain suitably qualified and highly effective faculty members who approach teaching as a scholarly practice, and who therefore focus on and are passionate about excellence in teaching as a means of supporting student learning. The Educator Track offers a path for career progression (up to Full Professor), and it rewards effective, innovative, and thoughtful pedagogical practices that demonstrate student learning.

Context

Beginning in August 2021, the National University of Singapore will launch the College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS), an enhanced undergraduate experience for students of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) and the Faculty of Science (FOS). For more information about CHS, please visit https://chs.nus.edu.sg. CHS includes a Common Curriculum of 13 modules that provide foundational skills in literacy, numeracy and critical thinking, as well as broad exposure to Integrated Humanities, Social Sciences, and Asian Studies.

FASS seeks the following:

  • 4 Full-Time Teaching Assistant/Instructor (Integrated Humanities)
  • 3 Full-Time Teaching Assistant/Instructor (Integrated Social Sciences)
  • 2 Full-Time Teaching Assistant/Instructor (Integrated Asian Studies)

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct tutorials (discussion groups) and support students via email, office hours.
  • Provide administrative support and assist in the day to day running of the module.
  • Prepare educational resources and course materials.
  • Evaluate module assessment components.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or Masters’ degree, or recent PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal, reading, and written skills, and be able to explain difficult concepts clearly.
  • Be able to work well independently, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team with diverse interests and opinions.
  • Strong interest in continued engagement with a variety of humanities and non-humanities disciplines, as well as pedagogical improvement.
  • Strong ability to facilitate discussions for undergraduate students.
  • Past teaching and facilitation experience (especially at the university level) with good student feedback will put candidates in a strong standing.

Application

  1. Completed, signed copies of the NUS Personal Data Consent Form and Personal Particulars Form – available here and here.
  2. CV: An abridged CV (5-page maximum), including details on education, employment history, past experience of teaching and supervision, research activities (including publications) and achievements, honours and awards, and service accomplishments.
  3. Qualifications: Include scanned copies of academic degrees.
  4. Teaching Portfolio:
    • Teaching Statement that commences with a preface (maximum 300 words) that makes the case for appointment. This should be a highly distilled summary of key contributions to student learning and, if applicable, educational leadership, guided by key points from the candidate’s teaching philosophy. The rest of the Statement should focus on outlining the teaching philosophy, providing evidence of a strong commitment to education and learning and, if applicable, innovation and leadership in teaching, and on future pedagogical plans.
    • Teaching evaluations and peer review reports, if available. Other evidence of teaching excellence and/or other contributions to education, e.g., curriculum development, pedagogical innovation etc., should also be provided.
  5. Research Statement, if applicable, highlighting how a candidate plans to advance pedagogical and/or disciplinary knowledge through inquiry.
  6. THREE referees’ letters (one of whom must be the applicant’s PhD supervisor, if applicable).

Note that the Teaching and Research statements combined should be no more than a maximum of 2000 words.

For full consideration, please submit a complete application. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to for interviews.