Professor/Reader in Children’s Literature

Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (GB)
30 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Humanities
and Social Sciences

Newcastle University is a thriving international community of more than
17,000 undergraduate and 6,000 postgraduate students from over 130
countries worldwide. Our mission as a world-class civic university means
we apply our academic excellence to real world challenges.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a broadly-based Faculty with a strong research track record. It has more than 500 academic staff, and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 72% of our research was rated 4/3*. We are committed to strengthening research excellence in the Faculty and the advertised posts are part of a substantial round of investment building on existing areas of high research performance and aimed at increasing critical mass in areas of research strength across the Faculty.

Professor/Reader in Children’s Literature
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is seeking to
appoint an outstanding individual to contribute to the leadership of Children’s
Literature studies at Newcastle. The appointed candidate will help us build on our extremely strong performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF) by delivering research, and teaching, of the very highest quality. The post is open to specialists in any area of Children’s Literature in English, without regard to period, region or approach.

An established record of international-significant publications, and convincing
plans for further high-quality outputs and projects able to attract substantial
external funding, are essential. Equally important are the ability and commitment to add to our reputation for public-facing research and societal impact, and in particular to reinforce our established, highly successful partnership with Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books (

The qualities required to deliver excellent teaching at both undergraduate
and postgraduate levels are central to the position, as are the experience and leadership abilities to make a significant contribution to the culture
and management of the School.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to
Professor Matthew Grenby, (tel: +44 (0)191 208 6182;

Please apply online at
Closing date: 4th November 2016

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