Faculty Positions in Media and Communication Studies of HSS (Teaching & Practice)
School: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Media and Communication
Position: Faculty Positions in Media and Communication Studies of HSS (Teaching & Practice)
Location: Suzhou, China
Contract Type: Fixed-term, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended
Job ID: 3180
Advertisement Open Date: 28th March 2023
Advertisement Closing Date: 30th April 2023
In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has over 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, among whom about 1,000 are academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.
XJTLU is entering a new and exciting phase of its development as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE), XJTLU is currently opening a new Entrepreneurial Education site in Taicang, part of wider Suzhou, where the Entrepreneur College (Taicang) is located. The Taicang site is not only a pioneer, but also an educational model. for the future campus in addressing challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Other new initiatives include new working partnerships with Xi’an Jiaotong University, the continued development of the four new Academies, and exploration of further potential locations to develop the SE model.
With a focus on innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At the same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the internationally recognized educational theory, best practice and culture with those of China.
About the department
The fast growing Department of Media and Communication is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Collegial and dynamic, the department is home to academic staff from over ten countries around the world. XJTLU is a research-led university. In this context, faculty members are all research active, fully committed to research-led teaching and cutting-edge research: high quality publications, attendance of international conferences, and applications for research funding. The department delivers a popular BA Media and Communication Studies, which offers media production modules in addition to a rich selection of theoretical modules in journalism, digital media, film studies, cultural studies, and creative industries. The department also offers an MSc Media and Communication program that contains two pathways: the practice-oriented Professional Communication pathway and the research-led Global Media and China pathway. In addition, staff recruit and supervise PhD students in their own research area.
We seek to appoint one candidate (exact position title will be based on experience) with professional and practical experience and research interests in media and communication industries. The appointee is expected to lead or contribute to existing modules that are either practice based, such as ‘Introduction to Video Production’ for the BA program and ‘Video Production for the Web’ for the MSc program, or modules having a practice component in them, such as podcasting for ‘Media Theory in the Digital Age’, and video essays for ‘Global Journalism’. The appointee is also encouraged to develop optional modules that contribute to the existing programs at both UP and PG levels. In addition, the successful appointee is also expected to perform the following duties:
Lecturer: Substantial continued engagement in professional practice appropriate to that area of professional practice; supervision of the research-informed practice-based projects of undergraduate and postgraduate students; involvement in departmental activities and administrative life.
Assistant professor: Producing professional products and/or publishing practice-based research leading to outputs in specialized journals/publications; coordination and teaching of relevant modules; substantial continued engagement in professional practice appropriate to that area of professional practice and seniority; supervision of the research-informed practice-based projects of students at different levels; development of opportunities for external engagement; participation in departmental activities and administrative life.
Associate professor: Producing professional products and/or publishing quality practice-based research leading to quality outputs in specialized journals/publications; coordination and teaching of relevant modules; substantial continued engagement in professional practice appropriate to that area of professional practice and seniority; supervision of the research-informed practice-based projects of students at all levels; development of opportunities for external engagement; participation in departmental/school/university activities and administrative life.
Senior associate professor: Leadership at school/cluster and departmental level in teaching, professional practice and service; producing professional products and/or publishing high-quality practice-based research leading to high-quality outputs in specialized journals/publications; coordination and teaching of relevant modules; experience of curriculum design; supervision of the research-informed practice-based projects of students at all levels; substantial continued engagement in professional practice appropriate to that area of professional practice and seniority; positions of administrative and managerial responsibility at departmental/cluster/school levels.
- Strong record of teaching in higher education
- Substantial/outstanding professional experience in digital and multimedia production and at least an MA/MFA in media production or a related field
- Advanced proficiency in media production equipment and software and a demonstrable knowledge of cutting-edge technology
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the Department, School and University.
- A certificate in learning and teaching in higher education
- Experience in supervision of theory-informed practical projects at different levels
- The attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development
CITIZENSHIP AND VISA REGULATIONS
Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for a work visa in the P.R. China.
- Clear career development path with annual review.
- Professional development trainings are provided.
COPENSATION & BENEFITS
SALARY: Competitive salary in the market
- Allowance: XJTLU provide various month/annual/one-off allowances as
- Housing allowance
- Travel allowance
- Kids’ education allowance
- Relocation allowance
- Commercial insurance: international insurance plans customized for XJTLU staff and family members. (details refer to the University Policy)
- Paid holidays:
- Statutory Holidays (11 days)
- Annual Leave (36 days)
- Family Matters Lave
- Paid Sick Leave
- Marriage Leave
- Paternity Leave
- Parental leave
- Working visa and residence permit in China:
XJTLU sponsors working visa and residence permit in China for the staff.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your applications online: https://career15.sapsf.cn/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=3180&company=xjtlu
Job ID: 3180
Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:
- A cover letter
- A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
- Contact details for three references
For general enquiries, please email Head of Department of Media and Communication, Prof. Xiaoling Zhang at Xiaoling.Zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the HR Recruiting Team at Wenyu.Pu@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.