Lecturer in Politics/Political Analysis, Education Focused

Sydney, Australia
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Social and Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Opportunity to work in a collaborative and supportive environment in a leading Social Sciences School
  • Located at Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  • Full time, 2-year fixed term, base salary $106,343 - $126,279 p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Department of Government and International Relations is seeking to appoint a two-year fixed term education-focused Lecturer (Level B, 1.0 FTE) in politics/political analysis. Applicants with expertise in any area of politics/political analysis are welcome; however, it would be a plus if you have relevant experiences in coordinating large first- and second-year units in politics, political analysis, and popular culture and politics. A Lecturer (EFR) is expected to dedicate the majority of their contribution to education (up to 70% - or 80%).

As the successful applicant you will:

  • engage in high-quality teaching and learning experiences at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels
  • undertake independent teaching in the discipline, area of expertise and/or related area
  • contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs of the department, with a particular focus on politics and political analysis, including policymaking in political context, Australian politics, popular culture and politics
  • supervise honours and postgraduate students.
  • evaluate teaching and learning and apply learnings to improve practice and outcomes in the units coordinated
  • contribute to the design and delivery of multidisciplinary work-integrated learning units and content
  • work collaboratively where coordination of units involves across school/faculty cooperation with professionalism
  • develop and evaluate assessment materials which align with best practice under the supervision of more senior academic staff within the school/faculty

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 and are looking for a Lecturer in Politics/Political Analysis who has:

  • a PhD (awarded) in politics, public administration, policy analysis or relevant fields
  • demonstrated teaching ability and experience in politics, public policy, Australian politics, political analysis, popular culture and politics and evidence of teaching effectiveness such as student evaluations
  • the potential to contribute to advanced level interdisciplinary programs
  • demonstrated experience in supervising honours and postgraduate students
  • evidence of contributing to a positive workplace culture in which diversity of thought, contribution, collaboration, excellence and achieving outcomes are valued and enabled
  • demonstrated success in designing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives in multidisciplinary work-related units such as micro-credential and professional education
  • ability to develop and evaluate assessment materials which align with best practice under the supervision of more senior academic staff within the school/faculty
  • ability to work collaboratively across school/faculty and with industry/public sector

About us

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse ranges 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 Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Policy. It offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract the very best students from Australia and overseas. SSPS is the focus for the strategic development of the social sciences at Sydney with a view to us becoming Australia’s leading centre for research and teaching in the area.

The Department of Government and International Relations was the first politics department at an Australian university. Its teaching covers public policy, international relations, area studies, political theory, comparative politics, and Australian politics. In public policy, its teaching covers mainstream public policy, international policy making and public sector management. In the most recent national research assessment exercise (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2019), Political Science at the University of Sydney was awarded the highest possible 5 rating, indicating “well above world standard.” The department also has considerable success in attracting external research funding. In addition, we are engaged in a series of interdisciplinary networks and projects, including with the Sydney Policy Lab, the Sydney Environment Institute and the Centre for International Security 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.  

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 2671/1219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm (Sydney Time) Wednesday 18 December 2019

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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