Job Description

NUS College (NUSC), the honours program for the National University of Singapore, plans to hire a new Lecturer / Senior Lecturer with a primary appointment in its Global Narratives pillar. This is a full-time, renewable position that includes opportunities for research funding and for promotion to Associate Professor with Open Contract on the NUS Educator Track, as described below.

Global Narratives (GLN)

Global Narratives is a team-taught core course that introduces students to enduring works of the human imagination across many global traditions. It explores how these works represent cultural narratives, values, and questions that encapsulate historical moments and communicate beyond their specific contexts. Students will examine different media and genres across a variety of world traditions and periods. More specifically, the course is composed of two-week units on poetry, short stories, philosophical narratives, drama, historiography, visual arts, and film and new media. Lecturers in this course will help students to appreciate the historical context and broader cultural significance of each work, to pose helpful questions, to develop sensitive interpretations, and to evaluate arguments.

While we are especially interested in individuals with backgrounds in (comparative) literature, we will also consider applicants with backgrounds in other humanities disciplines who can demonstrate experience in teaching literature. You should be able to demonstrate your ability to teach a seminar-style literature course and articulate how your disciplinary expertise will allow you to contribute to the teaching team. While experience with team teaching is a plus, it is not required.

Successful candidates are expected to offer three sections of Global Narratives in the academic year, an elective of their own design, and take on a small supervision load of independent study projects. A secondary responsibility is to contribute to other parts of NUSC education and more broadly to new developments in interdisciplinary honours education in NUS. This role could include designing and teaching more specialised, knowledge-based elective classes that are interdisciplinary in nature and draw on your own interests and expertise. Another option is for you to offer original ideas about what other kinds of contributions you can bring to interdisciplinary education in NUS in small class settings. Generally, all NUSC classes maintain small faculty-to-student ratios. No matter what secondary role you see yourself performing, you should have a commitment to innovation in undergraduate and honours education, be devoted to your own research and teaching excellence, and have the willingness and ability to engage students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.


Candidates must hold a PhD by January 2024, which is the anticipated starting date for this position. Remuneration and benefits are highly competitive on the global research university level. Benefits include relocation assistance and a housing subsidy for the first nine years. Appointments begin at the level of Lecturer on the Educator Track, or possibly the level of Senior Lecturer if previous experience warrants it. Although the NUS Educator Track is not a tenurable line, it offers a pathway to promotion to Associate Professorship on an open contract (and beyond), as well as opportunities for research funding, including overseas research and conference travel. The contract is for three years in the first instance and is renewable subject to good performance.

Interested applicants should prepare and submit the following documents when they apply:

  • A cover letter
  • CV: an abridged CV (maximum 5 pages), including details on education, employment history, experience of teaching and supervision, research activities (including publications) and achievements, honours and awards, and service accomplishments.
  • Qualifications: Include scanned copies of academic degrees.
  • Teaching Portfolio:
    • A Teaching Statement that commences with a preface (maximum 300 words) that makes the case for appointment. This should be a highly distilled summary of key contributions to student learning and, if applicable, educational leadership, guided by your teaching philosophy. The rest of the Statement, of not more than 2,000 words, should outline your teaching philosophy and your educational contribution across multiple dimensions and roles. Please include evidence on how you have impacted students’ learning experience and outcomes as well as how you have influenced peers and the community.
    • Teaching evaluations and peer review reports, if available. Other evidence of teaching excellence and/or other contributions to education, e.g., curriculum development, pedagogical innovation etc., should also be provided.
  • A statement, of not more than 500 words, highlighting how you plan to contribute to pedagogical innovation and/or advance interdisciplinary honours education at NUSC. This can include a brief description of an elective that you might propose to teach.
  • Three referees’ letters. Referees may submit their letters to

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning from early May 2023.

Interviews will normally be conducted online. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. We plan to conduct the process entirely online given the uncertain travel situation.

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More information about NUSC and our curriculum can be found on our website:

Additional information about Academic Appointments at NUS can be found here:

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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 presences are required. 

In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

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Location: Kent Ridge
Organization: National University of Singapore
Department: NUS College

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