Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture Education

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 - £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
05 May 2022
End of advertisement period
31 May 2022
Job Type
Academic Posts
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Department of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Academic Education Pathway). The appointment will run from 1 September 2022 for a fixed-term period of 12 months. The successful candidate will have a strong teaching record to complement our current strengths in the field . We particularly welcome applications from candidates with expertise in contemporary literature (especially British); critical work on race and racialization; global antiracist, anticolonial, and anti-imperial movements; critical work on sex and gender. The teaching is likely to include the UG modules, ‘Study and Struggle: Global Revolutionary Thought and Practice’ and ‘Theory, Culture and Politics after the 1960s’, and the MA module ‘Imperialism and Sexuality’. They will also contribute sessions on the core modules of the MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory. The postholder will also contribute to the pastoral care of students as a Personal Tutor and will supervise Undergraduate and MA dissertations. 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  
  • Serve as module convenor for undergraduate and MA modules. •
  • Act as personal tutor to students as agreed with the Head of Department 
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their leaning.
  • Engage in professional development as appropriate.
  • 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 Contemporary Literature or related field.

2.      Ability to teach contemporary literatures at BA and MA level and to work closely with doctoral students in a non-supervisory capacity

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

5.      Experience of teaching undergraduate students. 

6.      Knowledge of contemporary literature and theory, its contexts, and its critical traditions.

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

8.      Team player, ability to work with others and to support others when necessary.

9.      Willingness to contribute to the pastoral care of students. 


Desirable criteria

1.     Experience of teaching postgraduate students