Lecturer and Subject Leader – Critical Skills Programme

Maynooth (IE)
29 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Maynooth University
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Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) is the fastest growing university in Ireland with over 10,000 students and outstanding research and scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The university is now entering a new and exciting phase of its development, with a new strategic plan centred on further enhancing our academic programmes, providing a distinctive student experience of the highest quality, focusing our research activities on a small number of priority themes, and further internationalising the university. To support this development, the university is seeking to recruit outstanding academics, with a strong track record of research and teaching, to the following position:

Critical Skills Programme
Lecturer and Subject Lead

As part of a review of its undergraduate curriculum, Maynooth University decided to introduce Critical Skills as an optional first year programme for students. Students who choose this option undertake a rigorous programme aimed at developing their skills of analysis and critique and their ability to communicate their ideas clearly in formal writing and in verbal presentations.

This programme is assessed to normal academic standards and carries credits. The aims of the critical skills courses are to provide the best possible transition to higher learning and to strengthen students’ critical skills in analysis, numeracy, and communication. Central to all critical skills courses is a weekly small class environment with task-based learning under the direction and guidance of a class tutor. 

The Critical Skills programme began on a pilot basis in 2015 and was available to the majority of first year students from 2016. Two variants of critical skills are currently offered: universal critical skills and thematic critical skills. These are multi-disciplinary in nature and the thematic variants have a specific thematic focus, and so class tutors will have to teach outside their own discipline. For this reason, and to support effective skills development for students, the class programme will be task-based. In these the students will have a weekly lecture which will present material that will be the basis of the small class teaching. There are approximately 1000 students currently enrolled in the critical skills programme. Following the success of this initiative the University is moving to appoint a permanent lecturer and subject leader to the programme.

The Role

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. 

We are immediately seeking an excellent academic and teacher to join our staff as the subject leader and a key teacher of the Critical Skills programme. The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching and innovation in teaching, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the development of the Critical Skills programme of the University, take a leading role in the teaching of the programme and contribute to the research and scholarship in the pedagogy of development of critical skills.  

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