Lecturer, Social Sciences

Job Description

The Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Centre (CTPCLC) in NUS aims to nurture Singapore’s next generation of community leaders who are both passionate about and intellectually engaged with social issues and community challenges in Singapore.

The Centre invites applications for the position of Lecturer. This is a full-time position that is offered as a 2-year contract in the first instance, and is renewable subsequently, subject to good performance. Applicants who wish to teach on part-time basis are welcome to submit an application but are requested to indicate clearly if they wish to be considered for a part-time appointment.

Roles and Responsibilities

CTPCLC is an education-focused Centre, where teaching is the primary mission. The successful applicant is expected to teach at least 2-3 courses and to supervise at least 2 student practicums per academic year. This entails:

  • teaching academic courses related to community development and/or leadership (some of these courses have large class enrolment),
  • supervising small groups of students for their Community Development Practicum (on which students engage in field research on community/social issues in Singapore, typically in partnership with a community organisation),
  • being part of the academic team and playing a role in curriculum development, ethics review, and other academic-related activities,
  • advising and mentoring students on co-curricular activities (e.g. student interest groups, and/or community initiatives),
  • managing existing and developing new partnerships with community organisations in Singapore, for the purpose of providing students with learning opportunities (e.g. practicums, internships, employment), and
  • supporting the Centre's key events and activities (e.g. preparing students for presentations for the Centre’s annual symposium, offering talks during NUS Open House to promote the Centre’s programmes, etc)


  • Eligible candidates should preferably have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline from reputable universities.
  • Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to Anthropology, Business, Education, Gerontology, Media, Psychology, Social Work and Policy, Sociology, and Health-related disciplines.
  • We are also open to candidates who will be obtaining their PhD in the next 6 months.
  • Master’s Degree holders can be considered for Instructor or part-time position.
  • Candidates should preferably be trained in social science research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative methods), or in action/ community-based participatory research techniques, and/or community-centred fieldwork, and/or design thinking.
  • Knowledge of or training in programme/process evaluation and impact assessment methods (e.g. SROI) will be a plus.
  • We welcome, in particular, candidates with experience working with or conducting research in community settings and/or on vulnerable populations.
  • Candidates with at least 2-3 years of tertiary teaching experience are preferred.
  • Passion for community development and enthusiasm for supervising, advising and mentoring undergraduate students are essential.
  • Candidates must display a commitment to continuous self-development and scholarship. 

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University provides a comprehensive package of benefits, including healthcare coverage.

Application Procedure

We welcome eligible candidates to apply for the Lecturer position (full-time/part-time) via NUS Careers webpage at (Academic and research positions).

Your application package should comprise the following:

  • Cover Letter including information on what you know about the Centre and why do you wish to be part of the Centre
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including the following:
    • Academic history (degrees obtained, scholarships and awards, etc)
    • Employment history
    • Documents relating to education (e.g. a Teaching Statement, your experience in community development teaching, student and/or peer feedback, student supervision experience, etc)
    • Documents relating to research (e.g. a select publication list, if any)
    • Documents on community-related service/activities and impact, if any
  • Name and business contact details of at least three referees (may include candidate’s main PhD supervisor)

Deadline for application: 15 January 2023

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified for interview.

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required.

Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Ctr
Department : Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Ctr
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 18242

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