Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Digital Education

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Aug 11, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 21, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking an interdisciplinary educator with interests in and experience of digital education, working with the digital both as intellectual content and as a mode of learning within, about, and between the disciplines. The King’s Liberal Arts BA is an interdisciplinary undergraduate programme spanning the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Our twenty-first century Liberal Education seeks to enable graduates to develop a flexible, interdisciplinary skillset and thus equip them to address complex, multi-faceted problems in the modern world: interdisciplinary engagement with the digital world is an increasingly crucial aspect of this learning. We seek applicants who can contribute to our goals to deliver innovative, inclusive, and socially-engaged education and to diversify our curriculum. Our approach to learning in the Liberal Arts programme is student-centred, research-based, co-creative, and highly interdisciplinary.

Education, leadership, and administration (80%)

The lecturer will contribute to teaching, administration, and pastoral support for the Liberal Arts BA programme. The postholder will develop and deliver face-to-face and online learning opportunities that enable Liberal Arts students to develop their digital literacy and engage critically with the digital world from multiple perspectives. Building on the Liberal Arts programme’s experience with technology- enhanced learning, they will work with fellow teachers in the Liberal Arts core team and in the wider Faculty of Arts and Humanities to support the development of online, blended, and technology-enhanced learning across the Liberal Arts programme. When appropriate, they will take leadership for new digital/online education initiatives in Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, including the development and delivery of new modules and programmes.

Working in multidisciplinary teaching teams, the postholder will contribute teaching on interdisciplinary topics on the following modules on the Liberal Arts BA:

4ABLLIB1 Lives of London

4ABLLIB2 Writing Liberal Arts

5ABLLIB2 Space, Power, Agency

6ABLLIB3 Translation Across Disciplines

The lecturer will provide pastoral support and academic advice for personal tutees in Liberal Arts, including curricular advice across the full breadth of the degree (from Music to Geography). Commitment to and experience of pastoral care and supporting student wellbeing is highly desirable. As part of the Liberal Arts team, the lecturer will contribute to fostering an active culture of engagement with the programme, including organizing and attending extra-curricular activities. The lecturer will also be asked to serve in academic administration/leadership roles as required.

Scholarship (20%)

The AEP will pursue independent scholarship relating to their field of expertise. A strong commitment to and experience of interdisciplinary scholarship is highly desirable.

Key Responsibilities

  • To take a role in the planning, organisation, and delivery of teaching and assessment activities within the Liberal Arts BA programme, including contributing to team-teaching on the Liberal Arts core modules 
  • To develop and use innovative and effective teaching and learning techniques and resources that support the development of appropriate knowledge and skills as part of the diverse and flexible educational pathways of the Liberal Arts programme 
  • To contribute to the ongoing development, design, and enhancement of the whole Liberal Arts curriculum, in a manner that supports an interdisciplinary approach to student learning and the overall student experience
  • To undertake academic-administrative role(s) in Liberal Arts, as required
  • To serve as a personal tutor for Liberal Arts students, offering pastoral care and academic advice. The postholder will need to develop knowledge across the full breadth of the Liberal Arts programme in order to provide students with appropriate advice.
  • To contribute to departmental events and activities, including attendance at departmental meetings and, on occasion, to support the Admissions Tutor in staffing Open Days
  • Supported by the Director of Liberal Arts, to develop a strong working knowledge of the Liberal Arts programme in order to advise students and colleagues appropriately 
  • To undertake other reasonable duties at the request of the Director of Liberal Arts
  • To engage in scholarship, to enhance teaching and support professional development
  • To work with the Vice-Dean (Education) on education-related activity, contributing expertise on digital education to Faculty projects and initiatives

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.

Essential criteria

  • PhD awarded or near to completion in a relevant field of expertise
  • A developing record of high-quality scholarship, in an academic discipline and/or educational inquiry/scholarship of teaching and learning, appropriate to career stage
  • Completion of appropriate training in equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion or willingness to undertake it in post
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the digital world and the ability to connect this material to a range of disciplines
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Experience of teaching relevant subjects at undergraduate level, with evidence of innovative, inclusive, and effective teaching, and ability to engage and inspire all students
  • Experience of designing and delivering digital (technology-enhanced and/or online) teaching, and ability to select and use relevant tools effectively and accessibly, and adopt appropriate pedagogies
  • Experience of assessment procedures in UK Higher Education and providing excellent feedback

Desirable criteria

  • Completion of appropriate training in Higher Education teaching and learning/academic practice
  • Experience of UK Liberal Arts Education
  • Experience of academic administration
  • Experience of providing academic advice and pastoral support to students

This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.

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