Lecturer, Education, Sociology

Cairns, Australia
15 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University is currently seeking to appoint a Lecturer at our Cairns campus to teach in its Education undergraduate and postgraduate programs and to conduct research. The appointee will teach in the area of sociology of education, including Indigenous education and/or English as an Additional Language. The ability to teach in early childhood, primary and/or secondary curriculum areas will also be viewed favourably. The successful applicant will have established – or be expected to develop upon appointment – a research profile in these areas as well as in areas relevant to schools and their communities, and to undertake the supervision of Higher Degree Research students. The appointee will support community engagement and work collaboratively with schools in the region and support the University’s Strategic Intent.

Organisational Charts

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Principal Accountabilities

  1. Create, establish and facilitate learning experiences and strategies that support and encourage the provision of inclusive and engaging student-centred learning environments.
  2. Design, develop and coordinate subject curriculum and assessment activities that reflect scholarly learning and teaching practices, and comply with core principles in JCU’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment policy.
  3. Use blended learning strategies, learning technologies, and a range of contemporary pedagogies to prepare and deliver lectures, workshops/tutorials and online learning experiences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  4. Supervise and/or co-supervise Higher Degree candidates to completion; mentor Higher Degree candidates in publication and dissemination of research.
  5. Generate and/or collaborate on publications; develop and/or lead and apply for research funding proposals internally and externally on an individual basis, and as a member of a team.
  6. Evaluate personal and professional practices to enhance and improve learning and teaching and student outcomes; contribute to ethical professional practices in team and in teaching contexts; participate in professional development relative to discipline/course roles including peer review.
  7. Contribute to discipline and cross-discipline governance and co-operation at Academic Group and College level through participation in committees appropriate to the level of appointment.
  8. Conduct and participate in professional and community engagement activities, with a view to sustain positive professional and academic partnerships in pursuit of JCU’s strategic intent. 
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Lecturer - Education is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Lecturer - Education is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Lecturer - Education is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Possess a PhD in Education; possess a teaching qualification, eligibility for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers 
  2. Demonstrated successful teaching experience in school settings. 
  3. Ability to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in the area of sociology of education, which may include Indigenous education, English as an Additional Language and specific curriculum areas in early childhood, primary and/or secondary.
  4. A track record of research, publications, grants and consultancies relevant to opportunity and level of appointment. 
  5. Demonstrated successful experience working collaboratively in teams, as well as, engagement with schools and community agencies and professional bodies.
  6. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collegial manner, and demonstrated organisational and administrative skills.


  1. Experience in teaching in higher education sector, including online or blended delivery mode.
  2. Publications in the fields of: education for sustainability; Indigenous education; regional, rural and remote education