Lecturer in Modern Islam
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Modern Islam starting on 1 September 2022. The post is open to candidates with expertise in Islam in the modern and contemporary world, whether in relation to theological, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, legal and/or political debates and dimensions. Applicants should have a good command of Arabic and/or another language relevant to Muslim majority contexts. The successful applicant will teach a range of modules on modern and contemporary Islam at BA and MA levels and should be willing to supervise PhD students. Different disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, but candidates must be able to teach and research within the context of a department specialising in the integrated, postcolonial study of theology and religious studies.
We welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, and from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act, including religion. Applicants who directly engage with communities of practice, including Muslim Higher Education Institutes, are welcome.
About the Faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums
About the Department of Theology and Religious Studies: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/trs
This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.
- Participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching within the department, especially in relation to modern Islam
- Contribute to scholarship and research, and to the research culture of the Department and Faculty
- Contribute to relevant research seminars/conferences
- Supervise BA, MA and PhD dissertations
- Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning
- Contribute to the administration of the Department
- Contribute to co-taught modules in the Department as needed
- 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
1. PhD in a relevant subject
2. Ability to teach modern and contemporary Islam in the academic context of a theology and religious studies department
3. Broad understanding of Islam as a religion and its overall intellectual history, and deep scholarly engagement with certain aspects of its contemporary manifestations
4. Experience of teaching undergraduate students
5. Demonstrated contribution in research and publication relative to career stage
6. Administrative, organisational and leadership skills
7. Good command of Arabic and/or another language relevant to Muslim majority contexts
8. Collaborative spirit and ability to work with others in a supportive manner in the context of a friendly and collegial department organised into small teams
9. Willingness to contribute to the care of students, and accommodate and support students with a wide range of different backgrounds and identities
10.Engagement in professional organisations and service to academia
1.Experience of teaching postgraduates
2.Research that has non-academic impact and wider benefits
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in the last week of July. The selection process will include a presentation to the interview panel and an interview.
To assist in the shortlisting process, applicants are asked to include a copy of an article or chapter (either published or intended for publication) as well as a CV and supporting statement. Applicants should make clear in their supporting statement how they meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of their skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, voluntary activities, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependents).