Associate Lecturer, Education Focused in Writing Studies

Sydney, Australia
18 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Education-focused opportunity for a digital writing specialist
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in writing and Wikipedia studies, including textual, digital, visual, social and networked communication
  • Continuing, full time, Academic Level A: $109,681 to $117,087 p.a. (which includes salary, leave loading and 17% super)

About the opportunity 

Our Department of Writing Studies academics hold qualifications in a range of disciplinary fields and teach our students to practice and critically reflect on all forms of communication.

Writing remains central to communication and, despite our increasing reliance on digital technologies, we are writing more now than ever before. As writing implicitly shapes or underscores most visual and aural communicative forms, our interdisciplinary minor draws from a range of fields. We teach students to apply principles of rhetoric, audience analysis, and information design, to analyse various forms of communication including digital, oral and visual.

As an academic with an understanding of rhetoric, and studies in writing and Wikipedia (reporting to the Chair of Department), you will contribute primarily to undergraduate teaching in Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and in the Writing Studies Minor. You will engage students in participatory writing on digital writing platforms and teach them to design effective textual, visual and oral communication.

You will also:

  • Maintain Excellent Teaching Performance – this includes conducting appropriate unit planning and design, setting clear goals, making effective presentations utilising appropriate instructional techniques and online learning, conducting appropriate assessment and feedback processes. Evidenced by: positive results of student feedback evaluations and engagement with unit of study review mechanisms, appropriate utilisation of e-learning tools.
  • Conduct Research-led teaching – through encouraging imaginative student inquiry, sharing insights from personal practice and scholarship with students and the use of primary sources and recent discoveries as part of teaching. Evidenced by: results of student feedback evaluations.
  • Ensure Student-focused teaching practice – that places emphasis on students' perceptions and experiences and on the relationship between students and their subject matter. Evidenced by: Reflective application of student evaluation results to re-design units of study
  • Utilise Scholarship in teaching – through the systematic use of the best available evidence, including research evidence, collaboration with colleagues on curriculum design and innovation, and by selecting and using teaching and assessment strategies that include experiences from the individual’s own visual arts practice. Evidenced by: Participation in relevant national and international conferences, seminars and workshops on learning and teaching and developing texts or techniques, which are widely acknowledged.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values. We are looking for an Associate Lecturer in Writing Studies who possesses/is:

  • A PhD in literary studies or who is nearing completion of a higher degree, or who possesses the equivalent of four years’ tertiary study in a closely related field
  • Working towards Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Experience in conducting original research and/or engaging in scholarly activity
  • Experience in teaching and learning, as evidenced by participation in team teaching and teaching in a variety of settings
  • A developing knowledge and understanding of contemporary pedagogical practice and design
  • Experience teaching digital writing using both a visual editor and html code
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to teach copyright laws and licenses that govern open online information resources, including Wikimedia projects
  • Experience engaging students in editing and creating content for Wikipedia and interconnected Wikimedia projects.
  • Knowledge of rhetorical theory
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • The ablity to work within a complex and challenging environment, and in a collegial and effective manner with colleagues in the Department as well as in the Faculty, University, and with external partners.

About us

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific region and is regularly ranked in the top 20 faculties of its kind.

The School of Literature, Art and Media (SLAM) is a vibrant school whose pedagogic practice, research profile and external engagements are shaped by lively synergies between traditional disciplines such as Art History, English and Linguistics and new formations such as Media and Communications, Film and Museum Studies and Writing Studies.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 136/0119C to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, 12 March 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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