Lecturer in Social Anthropology (Education)

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 - £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
29 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies welcomes applications for a fixed-term position as Lecturer in Social Anthropology (Academic Education Path). This position is to cover for Dr Katherine Swancutt who is currently on Research Leave as PI for the ERC project ‘Cosmological Visionaries’.  The subject field is open, though we particularly welcome applicants who have interests in the global South, Asian or other non-Western societies, and/or in Black/minority ethnic and religious experience within Europe or North America.


Social Anthropology, and in particular the Anthropology of Religion, is a thriving subject in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s. Anthropology is central to both our undergraduate programmes – BA in Religion, Politics & Society and BA Religion Philosophy & Ethics – and our MA in Religion. You will have the opportunity to draw on your existing research expertise and expand your teaching skills.  You will also be able to contribute to dissertation supervision at undergraduate, postgraduate and, potentially, doctoral levels. You will gain experience in being a personal tutor to students and in having an administrative and research role within a collaborative and friendly Department.


You may be asked to teach modules including but not limited to:


Undergraduate modules:

Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion

Religion in Ethnographic Perspective

Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation and Questions of Being


Postgraduate (Masters) modules:

The Anthropology of Ontology and Religious Innovation

Shamanism, Animism, Dreams and Religious Visions


This position is part of an Academic Education Path, which is appropriate for early career academics who would like to advance their professional knowledge and skills by focusing on education. You will be expected to devote approximately 60% of your time to teaching, 20% to teaching-related research and 20% to administration.


The Department of Theology and Religious Studies supports an inclusive culture and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students. We look forward to welcoming applicants from all cultures, sub-cultures and abilities, supported by flexible and varied working arrangements. We encourage applicants from all parts of the world and from people who may have been marginalized on any grounds covered by the UK Equality Act (2010).


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, fixed term contract for 36 months starting from 1st September 2022.


Key responsibilities 

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Social Anthropology and the Anthropology of Religion and contributing to co-taught modules in the Department as needed  
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations 
  • Participation in assessment and examination processes as appropriate and providing effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning 
  • Personal tutorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students  
  • Making a contribution to the research culture of the Department and University 
  • Contributing to the administration of the Department 
  • Engaging in professional development as appropriate 
  • Undertaking 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 a relevant subject 

2.      Ability to engage students in insightful, empathetic, and intellectually stimulating thinking about religion from a Social Anthropological perspective 

3.      Experience in teaching in the Anthropology of Religion or similar subjects 

4.      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 

5.      Administrative and organisational skills  

6.      Demonstrated research and publications in the Anthropology of Religion or similar subjects, in line with career stage  

7.      Willingness to contribute to the care of students, and to accommodate and support students with a wide range of different backgrounds and identities. 


Desirable criteria

1.       Academic interests which include a focus on the global South, Asian, diaspora or other non-Western societies and cultures  

2.       knowledge of a relevant language(s) 

3.       Engagement in relevant communities of practice. 


Further information 

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in the last week of July. The selection process will include a short presentation to the interview panel followed by 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.  


Candidates should make it 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 dependants).

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