King's Foundations is seeking an experienced professional to join as Senior Lecturer in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Education.
King’s Foundations is a department within King’s College London that provides high-quality international pathway, academic skills and English language preparation courses for King's students. We are looking for an experienced educator to join our team and lead the development of scholarship and teaching excellence in our department. The successful candidate be a well-rounded leader in educational development including in the use of digital education to enhance programmes of study and be a recognised leader in an area of scholarship.
The role will join the department’s executive team providing leadership across all areas of King’s Foundations activity. At present this executive body is not ethnically diverse, and we would like to change this. We, therefore, encourage applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply for this role.
As a Senior Lecturer, you will oversee the scholarly activity and Continued Professional Development (CPD) provision for our staff, work with the Director of Education to provide strategic leadership, manage the digital education team, and collaborate with other colleagues across the College.
As a Senior Lecturer, you will:
- Oversee the scholarly activity of academic, teaching and digital education staff, and support them to engage in action research, publications, conferences, and other forms of knowledge exchange. You will also foster a culture of scholarship and innovation in teaching and learning across the department.
- Be an established voice in a relevant area of scholarly activity such as assessment and feedback; generative AI; or curricula development.
- Manage the digital education team, and oversee the design, delivery, and evaluation of online and blended learning courses and resources. You will also ensure that digital education is aligned with the department’s scholarship agenda and supports staff development.
This new role will be joining King’s Foundations at an exciting time as we support our teaching staff to transfer over to Academic Education Pathway (AEP) contracts. As such, this post is being brought in on an AEP contract to reflect the nature of the role, and to provide the platform and esteem to excel in the position. The role will be subject to a probationary period of 3 years in line with other academic roles at the College.
This is a new senior role bringing together key areas of education within the department: CPD, Scholarly Activity and Digital Education. We welcome applications from people with expertise in each area, but are particularly interested in candidates with a background in facilitating scholarly activity. It is a great opportunity for someone wishing to shape the direction of these areas at King’s Foundations.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent
This post is sponsorable
Scholarly Activity Oversight:
- Build on current scholarly activity, develop and maintain a Scholarly Activity Framework within the department, supporting departmental, Centre and College strategies.
- Work with other scholarly activity leads across CIEL to enhance the Centre’s expertise and reputation in this area.
- Act as a key point of contact with King’s Academy, liaising particularly on matters concerning scholarly activity and CPD.
- Develop and implement strategies to enhance scholarly activity within the department, and where appropriate supporting colleagues to further disseminate their activity beyond the department; e.g., through presenting, blogging, or publishing.
- Act as a role model in the dissemination of practice-based educational scholarship within the department and further afield.
- Collaborate with department colleagues to identify scholarship and action research opportunities and support their scholarly pursuits.
- Build on and develop the departmental culture of academic excellence and evidence-based practice among department members.
- Oversee the CPD activities for all staff at the department ensuring that department, programme and individual needs are incorporated into CPD activity.
- Develop a framework for coordinating engagement with external CPD activity; e.g. conference and workshop attendance.
- Lead on the coordination of annual CPD events including annual staff induction week, external speaker series and other regular CPD events.
- Oversee the staff induction and buddy process.
Leadership in relevant area of education:
- Provide department leadership on an area of education relevant to the provision and priorities of the department: e.g., assessment and feedback; generative AI; or curriculum development.
- Lead the design and implementation of the department's strategy in this area ensuring alignment with university standards and best practices.
- Work with Heads of Programme, the Assessment Board Chair and the Education Manager to ensure practices and processes in that area effective and fit for purpose.
- Work closely with the academic team and other university stakeholders to develop innovative and effective methods and tools in this area.
- Where appropriate, act as the departmental representative on this area within CIEL and across the university.
- Oversee the development and implementation of digital learning initiatives within the department.
- Manage the digital education team, providing guidance, mentorship, and support.
- Collaborate with instructional designers, technologists, and other stakeholders to further integrate technology into teaching and learning practices.
- Liaise with other university stakeholders on digital education matters as necessary.
Department Executive Membership
- Act as a member of the Department Executive, actively participating in strategic planning and decision-making processes.
- Provide leadership and expertise in matters related to education and pedagogy.
- Collaborate with other department leads, particularly within the Centre for International Education and Languages, to promote interdisciplinary initiatives and enhance the overall departmental performance.
- As member of the Executive leadership team, role model behaviour and communications in a way that is commensurate with the departmental values and culture.
- Line manage members of the King’s Foundations Digital Education Team and other teaching staff as required.
- Teach up to 75 hours across a range of King’s Foundations provision.
- Engage in teaching related CPD and disseminate pedagogic learnings from the academic skills provision to the wider department.
- Undertake scholarly activity relevant to the role and department priorities.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. Educational Background: Hold a relevant postgraduate degree and teaching qualification, plus Senior Fellow of HEA status or commitment to obtaining it within the probationary period.
2. Teaching Experience: Extensive experience of successful teaching in higher education, including on international pathway to university; e.g. Foundation, PS, Prre-MA.
3. Leading Scholarship: Proven track record of leadership in educational scholarship in either: assessment and feedback; curriculum development; and/or Generative AI.
4. Facilitating Scholarship: Proven track record of championing and facilitating various stakeholders’ involvement in educational scholarship.
5. Digital Pedagogy: Ability to lead digital pedagogies in multiple teaching modalities, including in-person, blended, and fully online offerings.
6. Professional Development: Experience of leading CPD activity for a diverse group of professionals.
7. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Demonstrated commitment to promoting these values in education.
About King’s Centre for International Education and Languages
King’s Centre for International Education and Languages a new, cross-cutting Centre designed to widen the educational reach of King’s. It brings together three existing areas: King’s Foundations, Summer Programmes, and King’s Language Centre. This brings together international pathway provision, pre sessional programmes, pre-UG summer courses, UG summer modules, UG language modules, bespoke language programmes for the community and our partners and academic skills provision for all King’s students.
Each of these areas are well established, respected and recognised within and beyond the King’s community. The Centre is focused on enabling collaboration between the three departments to further advance our work in promoting educational excellence and supporting and enhancing the student experience. The Centre has significant expertise in International Education and makes a significant contribution to the rich and diverse make-up of the King’s student body.
**About King’s Foundations **
King’s Foundations is a leading centre for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and pathway education across the HE sector, accredited by the British Council. As one of the largest providers of pathway education, we welcome over 2,500 students each year across our King’s International Foundation Programmes and our range of Pre-sessional Programmes, with programmes offered online, on campus and in a blended way. We also offer a range of short courses with partners and support all King’s students through contributing to a range of co-curricular academic skills and language development courses.
Our mission is to support a diverse group of learners to achieve their potential at King’s, supporting students to become independent and inquisitive learners. King’s Foundations is home to approximately 80 permanent staff, growing to around 150 during our busy summer months. We champion a forward-thinking approach to education and take a digitally-enabled approach across all aspects of education. Over the last 6 years, the department has seen significant planned growth in support of King’s Vision 2029, with annual income of over £20m.