UNIVERSITY OF KURDISTAN HEWLER

Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Economics and Finance

Location
Erbil, Iraq
Posted
06 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2019
Ref
120919
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Vacancy Available:        Two
School/Department:       Economics and Finance
Job Family:        Academic
Type of Contract:        FTE 1.0
Hours of Work:        40 Hours/Week (Normally 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM, Sunday – Thursday)
Place of Work:        University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
Reporting To:        Chair
Appointment Duration:        3 Years (subject to renewal based on performance, need and mutual agreement)
Probation Period:        6 Months
Application Deadline:        Application is open until the position is filled

The Economics and Finance Department is making significant investment in new academic positions to support its strategic development within the next five years to enable the School to be a key player in Business, Management, Economics and Finance Sciences, nationally, and internationally.The post-holder will contribute to the success and the growth of the Department, especially in the areas of specialisation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Economics and Finance, will:

  • Plan, develop, and deliver Undergraduate and Postgraduate lectures in Economics/Finance. Specifically, be able to teach the following courses: Introductory and intermediate economic/finance theory (Micro economic, macroeconomics), History of economic thought, public/development economics, financial economics: financial market and organizational finance, industrial economics, and research methods.
  • UKH has two 14-week teaching terms. It is required to lecture in each term and to give at least 84 hours of lectures in each academic year.
  • Assess students and stimulate them to have the opportunity to be engaged and challenged.
  • Design appropriate assessment methods and ensure established standards are maintained and timescales adhered to.
  • Supervise Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations and/or projects relating to Economics/Finance, especially in the areas of specialization.
  • Develop new, and revise existing, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and modules to reflect latest developments in the subject areas.
  • Carry out research and scholarly activities in Economics/Finance and to publish at least two scientific papers in Economics/Finance per annum in well-known journals with impact factor.
  • Ensure research outcomes are relevant and applicable to key areas of teaching and benefit the students, University and the Kurdistan Region.
  • Enhance School’s international reputation through research publications of appropriate quantity and quality, and contribute to worldwide debate at national and international conferences.
  • Win research earnings through carefully prepared and successful grant applications as well as identifying potential income-generating programmes and collaborative partnerships.
  • Supervise research projects, managing any dedicated research staff and postgraduate research students, and provide the mentorship to enable staff and students to develop their skills and academic careers.
  • Communicate effectively with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, and other relevant external institutions.
  • Build strong collaborative relationships with industries, academics, research centres, and/or government institutions.
  • Participate in the daily life of the School and the Department by being involved in different pedagogic tasks and creating synergy between teaching, research and learning.
  • Contribute to the management tasks in the Department.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and others in relation to student recruitment and marketing initiatives.
  • Participate in meetings, activities, and boards.
  • Assist the Chair of the Department in developing internal and external communities that promote the major field of study and the University.
  • Receive, understand and convey complex conceptual ideas or complex information. Examples include:
    • Giving a presentation to a group with diverse levels of understanding on a subject (e.g. lectures, conference paper);
    • Presenting academic papers at workshops (internally or externally) or conferences;
    • Contributing to research group discussions regarding analysis of research, discussions with team members regarding scientific issues and problem solving;
    • Writing journal articles and material for publications;
    • Writing complex reports, letters or other documents dealing with complex, contentious and sensitive situations (e.g. writing a project plan for a committee, writing reports to grant awarding bodies on progress of research projects, preparing written analysis of research data);
    • Writing research grant applications.
  • Contribute to the Department’s co-ordination of programmes/modules through, for example, Module Co-ordinator responsibilities and/or to the management and administration of programmes.
  • Support the School in achieving consistency of performance by being an effective team member contributing to appropriate committees as part of the programme and quality assurance and enhancement processes.
  • Plan, prioritise and organise own work or resources to achieve agreed objectives.
  • Monitor progress against agreed action plans.
  • Contribute to the planning of continuous professional development (CPD) activity in an appropriate area and all related aspects.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the nature of the post and as requested by the line manager.

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Economics and Finance should have the following qualifications, skills and competencies:

Professor:

  • A candidate can be employed directly as a Professor by UKH provided that he/she is a holder of a PhD degree from a recognised university and has the credentials, research record and teaching experience that qualify for the post.
  • Minimum of 12 years of teaching experience in Higher Education and carrying out research. A Higher Education Teaching Certificate is required.
  • Minimum of 15 peer-reviewed articles published in either of Thomson Reuters,
  • Published book(s) or book chapter(s) is an advantage.

Associate Professor:

  • A candidate can be employed directly as an Associate Professor by UKH provided that, he/she is a holder of a PhD from a recognised university and has the credentials, research record and teaching experience that qualify him/her for that post. In this case, the candidate must have held the post of Assistant Professor or equivalent in their previous post.
  • Minimum of 8 years of teaching experience in Higher Education and carrying out research. A Higher Education Teaching Certificate is required.
  • Minimum of 10 peer-reviewed articles published in Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS or
  • Published book(s) or book chapter(s) is an advantage.

Assistant Professor:

  • A candidate can be employed directly as an Assistant Professor by UKH provided that he/she is a holder of a PhD from an accredited university and has the credentials that qualify him/her for that post provided that the candidate has held the title of Lecturer or equivalent in an academic institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in Higher Education and carrying out research. A Higher Education Teaching Certificate is required.
  • Minimum of 5 peer-reviewed articles published in Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS or
  • Published book(s) or book chapter(s) is an advantage.

Lecturer:

  • All candidates in teaching capacity who are fresh PhD holders, are appointed as Lecturers. Candidates from Kurdistan Region and Iraq with no teaching certificate, will be offered a three-month training to obtain such a certificate while other candidates will be required to present a recognized teaching certificate as part of their employment documents.
  • Fresh PhD holders must have 2-3 publications in standard journals relating to their degrees.

General Requirements:

  • A substantial international reputation in scholarship and research in Economics/Finance.
  • An excellent publication record in international journals in Economics/Finance.
  • The potential to produce further work of high significance to the study of Economics/Finance.
  • The ability to initiate, maintain and lead a programme of research and teaching at the highest level in an area of expertise in Economics/Finance (the extent to which candidates’ particular areas of expertise contribute to the balance of teaching and research activity in the department will be a consideration).
  • The ability to contribute effectively to ensuring the long-term development of Economics/Finance in the Department and in the wider academic community.
  • Knowledge acquired from research translates to teaching.
  • Students are challenged but also tutored and supported with individual care.
  • Teaching and learning techniques are innovative and inspiring.
  • Students are supervised appropriately.
  • Assessment criteria are appropriate, and fairly applied with results fed back to students appropriately.
  • Module content is continuously reviewed to identify areas for improvement.
  • Fluency in English Language - Reading, Writing and Speaking (ability to teach in English).
  • Sufficient knowledge in econometrics to develop teaching and research programmes.
  • Teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members.
  • An active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally with other educational bodies, professional institutions and employers.
  • The attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development.
  • The aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information with discretion and to maintain confidentiality at all times.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested applicants are requested to email their Application Form, CV, and Personal Statement to jobs@ukh.edu.krd by indicating the Vacancy Title: Lecturer/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor in Economics and Finance and inserting the most recent passport size photo in the area provided on the application form.
  • Only complete applications: Application Form (with the most recent photo), Personal Statement and CV will be considered.
  • Size of the photo must be 45mm x 35mm with no less than 150 pixels for the quality.
  • Any application that does not specify the vacancy applied for will not be considered.
  • An Application Form is available at Vacancies section on the University website (http://www.ukh.edu.krd).

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.