Lecturer in Sociology
Department of Sociology
Grade 7: - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 2 years
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 27-Jul-2022, 6:59:00 AM
Department: Department of Sociology
Responsible to: Head of Department
Grade: Grade 7
Salary Range: £34,304-£40,927
Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Open date: 05/07/2022
Closing date: 26/07/2022
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st October 2022
A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.
We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.
As part of Durham University, you’ll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you’ll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.
We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.
Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
The Department of Sociology at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the fixed term role of Lecturer in Sociology. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Social Work and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants who are social work qualified with an active research profile clearly aligned with one of our research themes.
The Department of Sociology at Durham was formed in 1964 - initially as a Department of Social Theory and Institutions. We currently deliver two successful undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Criminology, a professional masters programme in Social Work (to which the post holder will actively contribute), a new MSc Sociology and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. We also support the core delivery of the Faculty’s ESRC Research Methods Training.
Sociology at Durham is continuing an ambitious programme of investment to consolidate and expand its research capacity in its overarching research themes:
- Communities and Social Justice
- Criminal Justice, Social Harm and Inequalities
- Health and Social Theory
- Higher Education and Social Inequalities
- Violence and Abuse
Information about all research themes can be found here. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates whose work intersects with Health and Social Theory or Higher Education and Social Inequalities.
Lecturers (Fixed term) at Durham
The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive.
The role of a fixed-term Lecturer at Durham provides the opportunity to deliver outstanding education and research within an inclusive and supportive environment that is staffed by world-class colleagues. Lecturers will be supported to develop their academic careers by training and financial support in research and education, guided by a designated mentor.
The primary focus of this role is on research and teaching but there will also be the opportunity to engage in wider citizenship within the University and beyond.
This role of Lecturer is for a fixed term of two years and is intended to provide a substantive early career opportunity for the post-holder while providing additional teaching resource during an unanticipated period of higher student numbers within the department. It is not anticipated that this period would be extended beyond the initial fixed term.
Lecturer in Criminology
Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Sociology with the ability to teach Sociological Theory and Social Research Methods to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.
- Pursue research that is, or has the potential to be, world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
- Undertake teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development.
- Contribute to the citizenship and values of the Department;
- Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
- To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department and University;
- To carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.
Candidates will normally have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.
Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class or that has world-class potential.
Essential Research Criteria – Grade 7
- Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in Sociology or a related subject (which may be completed or under examination).
- Outputs - experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high quality outputs that are recognised as world class or that have world-class potential. Candidates are asked to submit two research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below). Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
- Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Sociology Department's research Themes as identified above.
Candidates must demonstrate the development and delivery of high quality teaching that contributes to providing a world-class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential.
Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 7
- Qualification - candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence (or Equivalent).
- Quality - Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrates experience of or the potential to deliver high quality effective and engaging teaching including teaching on sociological theory and social research methods. (Candidates may choose to provide student evaluation scores and/or peer reviews of teaching).
- Innovation – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to contribute to new programme development and innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.
- Strategic - experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led.
Services, Citizenship and Values
Candidates must actively engage in the administrative and collegial requirements of the Department and positively contribute to the University Values and to fostering a respectful environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 7
- Collegial contribution – experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities or an academic Department, Faculty or University. (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation, involvement in equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies).
- Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.
Department contact for academic-related enquiries
Candidates who would like to discuss this role informally should contact the Head of Department Professor Catherine Donovan
Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application
If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to email@example.com
Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time. We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).
University contact for general queries about the recruitment process
How to Apply
We prefer to receive applications online.
Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.
Information if you have a disability
The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.
If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
- A CV
- A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
- A personal research plan of no more than 2 pages.
- An EDI & values statement - As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.
- 2 of your most significant pieces of written work. Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2020, however work prior to 2020 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks.
Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work. The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.
In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;
We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.
You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).
- We shall seek the academic references during the application process. Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post). We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible, and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview.
- Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process.
- We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee). Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.
All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.
Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in or around late July 2022.
In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.
About Durham University
As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.
The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.
All new staff are given membership in a Senior Common Room in one of our 17 colleges for their first year and thereafter they may choose to remain and/or to join additional SCRs. SCR membership offers the opportunity to participate in social and scholarly events - dinners, lectures, debates, research talks (colleges are all interdisciplinary), music and drama. Membership includes past and present University staff, alumni, and members of the wider Durham community and gives the opportunity to engage with the College’s students.
Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare provision and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.
If you’d like to find out more about the University or relocating you and your family to Durham, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/
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