DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£34,304 - £40,927 per annum (pro-rata)
Posted
29 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Aug 2022
Ref
22001174
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Part Time

Department of Music

Grade 7: - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (pro-rata)
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contract Duration: 24 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5
Closing Date: 11-Aug-2022, 6:59:00 AM

This post is fixed term for 24 months and part-time (0.5 FTE) therefore the salary is pro-rata to the salary shown.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our world leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we look forward to welcoming your application.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellent, 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 surrounding 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 of 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.

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.

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, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

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. If you’d like to find out more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

The Department

Durham’s Music Department is one of the very best in the UK, and indeed worldwide, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching. We attract exceptionally talented undergraduate, MA and doctoral students, and focus on high-quality research-led teaching. We have a thriving and supportive research culture, with funding from national and international research councils and foundations and a community of postdoctoral fellows in the Department. In student-facing guides and league tables we are regularly ranked as the number one Music Department in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021; The Sunday Times 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022; Guardian 2019, 2021 and 2022). We pursue equality, diversity and inclusion and are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and student bodies as well as our curriculum.

We have internationally renowned research strengths in musicology, theory and analysis, music technology and computational musicology, music psychology, ethnomusicology, composition, and performance. Our strategic priorities include nurturing innovative connections and interdisciplinary dialogue between these areas and enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of our research base. The research environment features world-class facilities, wide methodological expertise, opportunities for discussion and feedback, mentoring and other support schemes. We also benefit from University policies which support staff work-life balance and needs, for example by offering additional research leave following a period of parental leave

The Role

We seek to appoint a talented individual to the role of Teaching Fellow in Music. We welcome applications from those with teaching interests in the areas of ethnomusicology and popular music.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the development of internationally excellent teaching while allowing you opportunities for professional development.

You will contribute to high-quality teaching at UG and PG level; example of modules which you might be asked to deliver include the UG level-1 “Introduction to ethnomusicology”, the level-2 “Studied in Popular Music” and the level-3 “Words and Music” modules.

Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible.  The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be related scholarship and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.

The post is for a fixed term only, and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.

Successful applicants will, ideally be in post by 1 September 2022.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. You will be expected to demonstrate your commitment to these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities

  • Teach modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate/postgraduate levels, demonstrating an increasing awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
  • Manage own teaching and designing, planning and writing teaching materials;
  • Lead some aspects of modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development;
  • Develop and deliver an inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated;
  • Seek and take on board feedback on teaching;
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate MA student(s);
  • Build internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information;
  • Start to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines) e.g. develop online teaching resources;
  • Join as a member to the Board of Studies;
  • Provide student support, assessment of academic performance and provision of feedback;
  • Undertake effectively and efficiently any administrative role allocated by your Head of Department.
  • Contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • Engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Laura Leante, Head of Department, laura.leante@durham.ac.uk.

All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

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.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A CV. We prefer to receive a concise CV of no more than three pages that focuses on the qualifications, skills and experience set out in the essential criteria and role description.
  • A covering letter of no more than three pages which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above. The ability to demonstrate that you meet the criteria clearly and concisely will be assessed in terms of written communication skills.
  • A statement of no more than one page as to your aspirations as a Teaching Fellow in terms of what motivates you, what you would like to achieve and what your broad approaches to teaching excellence and innovation are (maximum 2 pages). We expect this statement to cover also your approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Referees

You should provide details of 3 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).

Please note:

  • We shall seek references during the application process.  Unless in the case of very early career candidates, referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and include references from a University other than your own.
  • We would ask that you alert your referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references.  If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process; you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
  • References sought for candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting 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 on the application form which referee is your current line-manager and indicate if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.
  • 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.

Next Steps

The assessment for the post will include a presentation to departmental staff and students and an interview, which are expected to take place online. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment as soon as possible following the closing date.

Person Specification

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD, or will have had a career break, 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 below criteria:  

Essential Criteria:

  • A good first degree in music or cognate discipline.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music or a related subject, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Experience of teaching and examining at University level with positive student feedback gained.
  • Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching and/or assessment of learning, including the design and creation of successful learning environments and curricula.
  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high quality teaching.
  • Experience of successfully working in an administrative role within an organisation or department.
  • Experience of providing high quality one-to-one student supervision.
  • Evidence of work undertaken (or which would be undertaken) in preparation for teaching and keeping up to date with developments in the subject area, such as:
    • active membership and engagement with a professional body;
    • demonstrable innovation in educational practice;
    • publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication;
    • Attending and presenting internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and/or
    • Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.
  • Candidates may have, or should have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable