Staff Tutor Social Policy and Criminology
About the role
This post is an opportunity to work as a Staff Tutor in the expanding School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to manage Associate Lecturers who work in Social Policy and Criminology and related areas. You will also organise and implement an appropriate staff development programme, provide a link between ALS (Associate Lecturer Services), the SST (Student Support Team) and the discipline, and organise timetables for blended tuition, including face-to-face day schools, telephone and online tutorials, forums, and aspects of collaborative and team working of ALs therein. You will have a key role to contribute to the academic work of the Social Policy and Criminology department working on the development and presentation of modules in the department and opportunity to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and research in the department.
The person appointed will be expected to contribute in the following ways:
• Provide line-management of ALs including career development and performance management, maintaining their currency of knowledge on curriculum development, student progression pathways and teaching methods, and facilitating two-way communications with the Discipline and academics working centrally on teaching
• Act on behalf of Social Policy and Criminology in the recruitment and appointment of Associate Lecturers (ALs). ALs are responsible for grading and commenting on students’ written assignments and offering support and guidance for students through blended learning provision including face-to-face day schools, synchronous on-line tutorials, asynchronous online forums, individual correspondence, telephone and e-mail
• Organise and implement an appropriate staff development programme, i.e. to train, supervise and support the work of ALs, encompassing face-to-face, online and correspondence tuition, telephone and other electronic support methods and to monitor their grading of students’ assignments
• Provide a link between ALS (Associate Lecturer Services), the SST (Student Support Team) and the Discipline. This includes liaising with ALS about its work with ALs when necessary, as well as with other academic services staff in the SST on the progress of individual students as appropriate
Education, Skills, and Experience Essential
- You will hold as a minimum requirement a postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in Politics and International Studies or a cognate area which is clearly and specifically related to Social Policy and Criminology.
- Ability to line manage Associate Lecturers: select, manage, motivate and provide their staff development.
- Substantial relevant experience of teaching, and management of teaching and student support.
- Relevant teaching experience, an understanding of the needs of adult, distance and independent learners, and an imaginative approach to tutoring modules for a wide range of adult students of different backgrounds.
• Evidence of scholarship/research publication or involvement and/or a Ph.D. qualification
• Scholarship/research interests which fit with the Social Policy and Criminology curriculum, and/or of scholarship of teaching relevant to the School
• An FE/HE teaching qualification or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
• Involvement and interest in use of social media.
Role Specific Requirements
Since face-to-face and online tutorials and staff development events are held in the evenings and on Saturdays, Staff Tutors need to be prepared to regularly undertake evening and weekend commitments to visit or deliver these events. Staff Tutors may need to travel periodically to places across the UK where face-to-face day schools or staff development sessions are taking place. The University’s travel and subsistence scheme will apply.
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Closing date: 13th August 12:00pm (midday)
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