DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Teaching Fellow, Department of Sociology

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£33,797 - £40,322 per annum ( pro rata)
Posted
23 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2021
Ref
21000651
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Part Time

Department of Sociology

Grade 7: - £33,797 - £40,322 per annum ( pro rata)
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contract Duration: 1 year
Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2021, 6:59:00 AM

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global universities with our students and our world-leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy, we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

About Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference in people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. If you’d like to find out more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

The Department

The Department of Sociology is a supportive, exciting place to work and study Sociology, Criminology and Social Work. We are committed to producing the highest quality theoretically informed research that makes a difference. Currently rated 4th nationally for Criminology and 10th for Sociology in the Times Good University Guide, our ambitions are: to be a world-leading Department of Sociology; to deliver distinctive, challenging programmes; and to be fair, inclusive, and socially responsible.

The Role

Applications are invited for a teaching fellowship in Social Work to support the delivery of its professional programme in Social Work during the academic year 2021/22.  The post will involve placement co-ordination for Year 1 Master of Social Work students, co-convenorship of modules, training of practice educators, supervision of postgraduate taught dissertations and practice placements, contributing lectures and specialist support on a range of topics and support of the core functioning of our degree programmes through providing academic advice and undertaking academic-related administration.

The post-holders will report formally to the Head of Department but will work on a day-to-day basis with the leadership team for the Social Work Programme, Directors of Education and Postgraduate Studies and immediate colleagues on the Social Work Programme as appropriate. We will expect the postholder to contribute to student support processes, to broader citizenship roles within the department (panel membership, admissions and to the selection of students etc).

Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible. The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be related scholarship and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.

We are seeking to appoint candidates with a strong grounding in Social Work practice and experience of teaching and research within a Higher Education context.

The University provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

The role is intending to provide cover for a short-term vacancy and this role is not intended to extend beyond the advertised fixed term.  Permanent positions in the Department are advertised via the University’s academic recruitment campaign which begins in the autumn of each year.

The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post by 27th September 2021

Key responsibilities

  • Teach modules in appropriate learning environments primarily at the postgraduate level, demonstrating an increasing awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage own teaching and designing, planning and writing teaching materials;
  • Lead some aspects of modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development;
  • Develop and deliver an inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated;
  • Seek and take on board feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD both within the immediate staff team and through delivering structured CPD to practice educators;
  • Supervise postgraduate taught students;
  • Contribute to the educational skill of colleagues, e.g. giving a seminar to colleagues or engaging in constructive discussion about a seminar;
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal and external networks to exchange information;
  • Start to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines) e.g. develop online teaching resources;
  • In addition to Board of Studies, membership of some departmental committees and professional body memberships;
  • Student support, assessment of academic performance and provision of feedback, dealing with student disciplinary matters and complaints;
  • Undertake effectively and efficiently any administrative role allocated by your Head of Department.
  • Contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • Engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Catherine Donovan sociology.hod@durham.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds that are applicable to some visas.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • a CV and covering letter which details your experience, skills and achievements in the meeting (or the potential to meet) the criteria set out below.
  • a statement as to your aspirations as a Teaching Fellow in terms of what motivates you, what you would like to achieve and what your broad approaches to teaching excellence and innovation are (maximum 2 pages).

The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here.

Referees

You should provide details of 3 referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).

Please note:

  • We shall seek references during the application process.  Unless in the case of very early-career candidates, referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and include references from a University other than your own.
  • We would ask that you alert your referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references.  If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process; you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
  • References sought for candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please clearly indicate on the application form which referee is your current line manager and indicate if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

We will notify you of the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Person Specification

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will normally have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  • A good first degree in Social Work, Sociology or a related discipline
  • Social Work Qualified with current professional registration with Social Work England or eligibility to register
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Social Work, Sociology or a related subject, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching and/or assessment of learning, including the design and creation of successful learning environments and curricula.
  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high-quality teaching.
  • Experience of successfully working in an administrative role within an organisation or department.
  • Experience of providing high-quality one-to-one student supervision.
  • Experience of coordinating social work placements and supporting students on placement.
  • Evidence of work undertaken (or which would be undertaken) in preparation for teaching and keeping up to date with developments in the subject area, such as
  • active membership and engagement with a professional body;
  • Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.
  • Attending and presenting internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and/or
  • publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication;
  • demonstrable innovation in educational practice; Candidates may have, or should have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.