Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English/Writing

Townsville, Australia
03 Aug 2017
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03 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Position Overview

We are seeking a dynamic and engaging Lecturer/Senior Lecturer as one of three new appointments in English and/or Writing. You will be a highly motivated and inspiring teacher of undergraduate students, a considered mentor of higher degree research students, and a significant research scholar and/or creative practitioner. You will become a valued member of our strong collegial community and take an active role in our efforts to reshape the Humanities and Creative Arts at JCU.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

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College of Arts Society and Education

The successful applicant will teach into the Bachelor of Arts degree and may also be required to undertake duties in the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media degree. You will also teach at the postgraduate level, supervise Higher Degree Research students, and be expected to research and publish in the English and/or Writing areas.

English is one of the foundation subjects of the University and was ranked at world standard in the most recent ERA. Our desire is to improve upon this standing through high-calibre research, exemplary teaching, and committed and ethical engagement locally, nationally and internationally.

A be quest by the Roderick Foundation established a Chair of Literature, a Lectureship in Comparative Literature, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Through the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies, we administer the annual $20,000 Colin Roderick Award for the best Australian book published in preceding year and the annual Colin Roderick Lecture.

These initiatives, coupled with our commitment to Literary Studies more broadly, have contributed to our growing confidence in Creative Writing as an area of closely aligned development.

Your appointment to one of three new positions will be on the basis of your PhD in either English or Writing, your teaching experience across either or both fields, and your research and/or creative publications consistent with being a Level B (Lecturer) or Level C (Senior Lecturer).

Candidates must possess a PhD in English or Writing, teaching experience in either or both areas, a commitment to supervising Higher Degree Research Students, and a demonstrable capacity for research and/or creative excellence through publication.

Your appointment is central to our strategy to refresh the Humanities and Creative Arts at James Cook University by developing new modes of teaching, research and engagement, and our ambition to become a leading University in the Digital Humanities.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Inspire learning in our students by contributing to the design, teaching and assessment of undergraduate subjects in English and/or Writing
  2. Develop first rate teaching practices and resources for in-class, blended and online delivery in English and/or Writing
  3. Supervise to timely completion theses undertaken by our Higher Degree Research Students; or be mentored in order to supervise Higher Degree Research Students in English and/or Writing.
  4. Pursue individual and/or collaborative research in English and/or Writing, leading to significant research outputs and/or creative productions, and by applying for external research funding.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively within the disciplines of English and Writing as well as across cognate areas in the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences and more broadly across the University
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work independently, under instruction and in teams, and to assume relevant administrative and management responsibilities as required
  7. Be prepared to work with community groups, government agencies, and professional associations relevant to the English and Writing disciplines, and to network across our region, throughout Australia and internationally.
  8. Demonstrate a preparedness to work in the area of the Digital Humanities and/or other areas of relevance to English and/or Writing.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in English and/or Writing is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in English and/or Writing is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.  This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations.  Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in English and/or Writing is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent is prepared to work in an adaptable and flexible manner, including out of office hours to meet the educational needs of our students and represent the areas of English and Writing at James Cook University, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent is able to travel in order to partake in research, attend conferences and professional meetings, and engage with community, stakeholders, agencies and professional bodies.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. PhD in English or Writing, with significant progress towards establishing a track record of high-level research or creative productions
  2. Ability to inspire learning among our students by teaching across either or both the English and Writing disciplines, and a preparedness to supervise Higher Degree Research Students
  3. Preparedness to apply for external funding to undertake research or creative productions
  4. Ability to work independently and within team environments, and contribute to a strong and progressive collegial culture
  5. Willingness to work with external stakeholders including schools, writers centres, artistic communities, industries, agencies and related organisations
  6. Desire to succeed at the highest levels in all aspects of your professional life through a commitment to excellence and ethical work locally, nationally and internationally


  1. An interest in the Digital Humanities or related areas
  2. A preparedness to work at the interface between literary criticism, creative writing, editing and publishing, cultural history/studies, and communications.

Existing and Emerging Strengths

  • Australian Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction
  • Literature and Film
  • Literary Production and Book History
  • Modernism
  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Life Writing
  • Writing, editing and publishing
  • New  Media