Lecturer Teaching Focused (MA Character Education) - Education and Social Justice, Birmingham

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: (Pay Basis) 40,792.00, Maximum Salary 54,765.00
Contract term: Permanent

Lecturer Teaching Focused (MA Character Education) - Education and Social Justice - 80731 - Grade 8
 - (190006EI)

Position Details

School of Education

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year

Grade 8

Full Time Permanent

Closing Date:23rd January 2020

Role Summary 

The MA Character Education, run by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in the School of Education, is the first and only Masters of its kind in the world.  The Programme adopts a multi-disciplinary (predominantly education, philosophy and psychology) approach and focuses on the theory and practice of human flourishing.  Students on the Programme come from a range of sectors; including education (formal and non-formal), voluntary and business.

A teaching-focused lecturer is being recruited to teach, support and advise postgraduate students on the MA; a three year distance learning Programme. 

The role will include leading and tutoring on modules as well as acting as personal and dissertation supervisors for groups of students.  The lecturers will also be expected to manage the Kern Scholarship programme; 25 US students starting the programme each year for the next six years.  The post holder will be managed by the Director of the Programme who has overall responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme. 

Main duties and responsibilities  

Teaching focused Lecturer role-holder will:

  • Contribute to leading distance learning curriculum development and/or renewal; and
  • Develop and manage approaches to online teaching and learning that are innovative to character education; and
  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
  • Deliver, discipline specific (likely psychology, philosophy or education), specific professional programmes; and
  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
  • Inform their teaching practice by discipline based research; and
  • Frequently update own expertise in character education and its related disciplines and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes; and
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University. 

In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research focused or research and teaching focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion. 

Learning and Teaching 

To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students.  Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays dissertations or presentations)
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Devise & supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement  or similar  on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Management/ Administration

To contribute to Departmental /School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Undertake roles to support the Kern funded students on the MA – this includes recruitment and retention, in country residential, reporting and funder relations
  • Lead  and manage  a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Develop and make substantial contributions e to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach. 

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within character education.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning – preferably online learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at all levels.


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes, ideally with some experience in distance education and online learning
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues
    • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with funders 

Informal enquires to Tom Harrison, email: t.j.harrison@bham.ac.uk

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Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Education
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 16.12.2019, 12:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis) 40,792.00
Maximum Salary 54,765.00

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