Professor of Literacies and Languages Education

Melbourne, Australia
Level E– $204,320 p.a. plus 17% super
13 May 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing 
Department/School: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Salary: Level E– $204,320 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) fosters staff productivity, growth and engagement in a collective effort to enrich the contribution that education makes to society. We conduct research and teaching that leads to the transformation of education practice both within and beyond the profession. MGSE stimulates learning that enriches the potential of students from around the world, enabling meaningful careers and profound contributions to communities.

We provide research leadership, setting the direction for high-impact, innovative and responsive research that addresses the pressing issues of our time. We lead purposeful engagement with society, sharing our resources and expertise as part of collaborative efforts to build a resilient, equitable and sustainable future.

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About the Role

The Professor of Literacies and Languages Education in the University of Melbourne is in a unique position to shape the future of Literacies and Languages education and research in Australia and internationally. They will have international standing in the field of Literacies and Languages Education, with specialisation in the field of English as a first or an additional language, or in languages other than English. The person appointed to this role will have an outstanding track record in research including a demonstrated ability to attract substantial research funding and will have proven leadership qualities in fostering colleagues’ excellence in research.

Additionally, the Professor position will be the recipient of major competitive research grants, have a substantial publication record, and will successfully supervise higher degree research students. The Professor of Literacies and Languages will also have a distinguished track record in teaching and learning, including recognised leadership in teaching and learning in Literacies and Languages. The position will provide leadership in curriculum, program development, and student support ensuring a high-quality experience for students. As an experienced academic leader, the Professor will report to the Dean and will have the vision and capacity to contribute towards shaping and building the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and the University.

The Professor of Literacies and Languages provides academic leadership and strategic direction for the Literacies and Languages Education (LALE) Cognate Group in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The work of the group spans research, teaching, and engagement in: literacies and languages pedagogies; policies and curriculum; teaching and teacher education; grammars and literary knowledges; and emerging literacies and pluriliteracies associated with diversity, mobility, and the ubiquity of new technologies and social media.

In addition to the leadership of the LALE group, the Professor of Literacies and Languages will also be expected to take a leading role on MGSE and University committees, and in promoting literacies and languages education in public forums outside the University, both nationally and internationally. They will forge links with professional associations, government, and community organizations supporting the teaching of literacies and languages.

About You

Superior communication and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to identify collaboration opportunities and attract funding grants, facilitate communication between the MGSE and key collaborators (such as industry, community, policy makers, government, and academic peers), and the ability to motivate, persuade, and negotiate with these organisations.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A relevant doctoral qualification.
  • Recognition as an eminent authority within the field of literacies and languages, with an outstanding internationally recognised record of innovative research and scholarship demonstrated by a strong record of publication in leading international journals, research manuscripts, conference presentations, etc.
  • A distinguished career in teaching, and engagement in literacies and languages education.
  • Established knowledge and understanding of international and national education policy environments, with a demonstrated ability to research and analyse global trends, and the strategic initiatives taken to address these.
  • Experience in bridging traditional disciplines and leading interdisciplinary collaborations related to literacies and languages, with demonstrated ability to establish networks effectively within the University and within schools.
  • Proven ability in staff management and a demonstrated ability to motivate and lead colleagues to grow and work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team, managing existing resources to maximum effect while building capacity for future; and
  • Evidence of ability to work in transforming digital spaces, for research and teaching.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: Position Description Professor of Literacies and Languages 2022.05.06.pdf

Applications close: 9 June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time