Lecturer in Philosophy

Maynooth, Kildare (IE)
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth is seeking a Lecturer in Philosophy (Two Permanent Posts) 

St Patrick’s Pontifical University is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality and value of its contribution to theological and philosophical learning, scholarship, and research since its original foundation as the Catholic National Seminary in 1795. In 1896, it was recognised as a Pontifical University with Faculties of Theology, Canon Law and Philosophy. The Faculty of Philosophy of St Patrick’s Pontifical University offers a variety of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  St. Patrick's Pontifical University is located on one of the most beautiful campuses in Ireland, alongside Ireland's newest university, Maynooth University.

Since 2011, all awards accredited by the Pontifical University have been submitted to the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ), the statutory body that recognises academic awards in Ireland. The mandate of The Pontifical University is expressed in its constitutive document Veritatis Gaudium (2017), and quality assured by AVEPRO (Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties).

Building on a 225-year-old educational legacy, our vision states: “By 2030, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth will be established as a leading Pontifical University and its campus recognised globally as a place of innovation and transformation, where ‘learning and living’ for the individual and community is in a sustainable, inclusive and unbounded environment.”   The capacity of the Pontifical University is in its people, relationships, heritage, and expertise. These roles further position it to realise its fullest potential in serving society and church, nationally and internationally.

The Role

St Patrick’s Pontifical University offers undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Philosophy and seeks a Lecturer in Philosophy (2 posts) suitably qualified to teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules and supervise graduate dissertations.  

Skills and Experience  

  • Applicants are required to have a Doctorate (PhD) in Philosophy. A successful candidate will also have a Licentiate or Masters in Philosophy or its equivalent. Applicants should also have competence in appropriate ancient and modern languages. 
  • An applicant will be required to have proven experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, an aptitude to use new pedagogical technologies / blended learning, and experience in supervising postgraduate dissertations at masters and doctoral levels. A willingness to teach, when necessary, on some evenings / weekends and on outreach programmes is also expected. A readiness to use creative and appropriate pedagogical methods in undergraduate teaching to awaken interest and enthusiasm among students, as well as to promote understanding. A commitment to maintaining excellence in teaching through regularly reviewing the content of courses and the methods of teaching them. They should be available to students (both postgraduate and undergraduate) for advice, mentoring and discussion, as required; furthermore, should be ready to serve in general administration of the Faculty.
  • The successful candidate will show evidence of research and publications in Philosophy together with specific future research plans that will contribute to and enhance the profile of the Faculty of Philosophy.  
  • A candidate should be thoroughly conversant with the history of philosophy and be someone whose research and teaching complement that of the current Faculty. The Faculty also desires a candidate who is committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition with its abiding concern for the fruitful dialogue between faith and reason. 
  • The successful candidate will promote philosophy in the public domain, for example, by organising and speaking at conferences, hosting visiting lecturers, and by fostering links with other departments of philosophy nationally and internationally. 

Key Accountabilities, Duties and Responsibilities:

The key accountabilities, duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Philosophy.
  • Supervision of postgraduate research in Philosophy at Masters, License, and Doctoral levels.
  • Publication of one’s own research in respected peer-reviewed journals and by publishers of repute; where appropriate, this may be carried out in collaboration with colleagues in the Pontifical University and elsewhere.
  • Research leadership by encouraging research achievement and nurturing a research culture; this will include the obtaining of research grants where possible.
  • A willingness to assume leadership and administrative roles (e.g., Dean) within the Faculty of Philosophy and the Pontifical University.
  • Maintaining current and fostering new relationships with other institutes of philosophy and cognate faculties, both nationally and internationally.
  • The active promotion of Philosophy in the University and the public domain; through organizing conferences, lectures, and other events.

How to apply

Click on the Apply button. You will be brought through a series of questions or requests which will include supplying

  • A complete Curriculum Vitae/Resume which should include a comprehensive list of publications and research interests
  • A personal statement of suitability addressing the criteria set out above and specifically indicating how the candidate’s teaching, research and service will enhance the academic and ecclesial mission of the College
  • A selection of your recent peer-reviewed publications.
  • An indication of one’s salary or remuneration expectations.
  • Full contact details (to include email and postal addresses, as well as telephone numbers).
  • The names and current contact details of two academic referees. In the case of a priest, an additional letter of recommendation and support from his Ordinary. In the case of a non-ordained religious, an additional letter of recommendation and support from her or his religious superior.

These are Permanent positions. The salary level will be based on market rates combined with the applicants’ level of experience.

Candidates must be available to take up the role by 22nd August 2022 to be conversant of the expectations for the new Academic year- 2022/2023

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 6.00p.m. (GMT) on Friday, 28th January 2022. Interviews will take place early to mid-February 2022

St. Patrick’s College Maynooth is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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