Lecturer in Theory and Performance

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
03 May 2022
End of advertisement period
23 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Department of English wishes to employ a Lecturer in Theory and Performance (Education & Research Pathway) for a fixed-term period of 12 months. The appointment will provide cover for a member of staff on externally funded research leave and will run from 1 September 2022. The successful candidate will have a strong teaching and research record, complementing the department’s current strengths in the field. They will be able to teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. These are likely to include such topics as the first-year undergraduate module   Introducing Literary Theories, the second-year module   Experimental Theatre: Poems, Playtexts, Manifestos, the third-year module   Science, Nature and Performance and the postgraduate module Theatre and Performance: Research Methods. Like other members of department, they may also be asked to help mark modules that fall within their competence but which they have not taught directly. They will contribute to the pastoral care of students as a personal tutor and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. They will be encouraged to play a part in the intellectual life of the department.

  • They will be responsible to the Head of Department.

Our ambition is to work together to create a more inclusive environment at King’s and in the English Department. We encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.


About the Faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums


About the Department of English: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/english


This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months.



Key responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice.  
  • Serve as convenor for taught modules, as required. 
  • Act as personal tutor to students as agreed with the Head of Department and assist, where appropriate, in recognising and addressing learning difficulties. 
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as required using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning. 
  • Engage in professional development as appropriate. 
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  


Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria 

1.      PhD in English Literature or related field.

2.      Experience of teaching theatre, performance and critical theory at BA and MA level.

3.      High quality teaching skills: ability to communicate difficult concepts and material to students of all levels; ability to inspire students; ability to enable students to develop their individual intellectual and personal potential.

4.      Excellent presentational skills: ability to present information and concepts in written and oral form at a variety of levels.

5.      Excellent administrative skills: ability to support the organisational aspects of teaching, learning and research.

6.      Experience of teaching undergraduate students.

7.      Experience of teaching postgraduate students.

8.      Knowledge of modern theory, theatre and performance, their contexts and critical traditions.

9.      Engagement in professional organisations (conference papers, workshops, memberships).

10.  Record of innovation and adaptability in teaching and curriculum design.

11.  Collegiate, demonstrable ability to work with others and to support them where necessary.

12.  Readiness to contribute to the pastoral care of students.