Teaching Fellow in Political Theory

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Sep 29, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

Thank you for your interest in working in Social Sciences at Birmingham. The College is a welcoming and collegiate place to work, and it is also highly successful - with good student satisfaction, an excellent record on employability of our graduates, and carrying out thought-provoking research which impacts on all areas of society. Our influence on society dates back to the University's civic roots. A century ago we pioneered business and social work education. More recently, we founded the UK's first University secondary school and will continue to expand our global reach as we take pride in being at the very heart of the University's new campus in Dubai.

The College has an exciting and ambitious growth and diversification plan over the next 10 years. This includes investment in new academic posts (such as these ones), leveraging external research income from government, business and philanthropic sources, extending our links with the city and the region, as well as improving the quality of the student experience on campus, overseas and through digital education.

The College is currently home to over 900 staff, including almost 500 academic staff. Our proportion of female professors and readers has grown in the last three years and we have staff from over 53 countries around the world. But we are committed to doing more to improve equality and diversity and make the College a place that better reflects our city and the wider community. We will do this drawing on the world-leading research carried out in the College on this area, including within centres and institutes such as the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE) and the Department of Inclusion and Special Needs in the School of Education, the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in the School of Social Policy, a strong research cluster on inclusivity in work in the Birmingham Business School, and our work on gender and feminist theory in Government and Society.

In line with the ambitions of the College, the School would particularly welcome applications from female and black and minority ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in the School. We are happy to discuss flexible working.

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

POLSIS is one of the largest Political Science and International Relations departments in the United Kingdom. It is home to more than 50 full-time academic staff, more than 1200 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and more than 70 doctoral researchers. The department is intellectually vibrant with an excellent record in both research and teaching. We are keen both to consolidate current areas of strength and develop expertise in new and emerging areas of politics and international relations.

The department's teaching and research vision for the coming decade is broad and ambitious. We seek colleagues who can both undertake pioneering research and develop exciting and intellectually stimulating modules.

We encourage high quality research. Staff in POLSIS enjoy the benefits of being part of an inclusive and supportive environment that helps them to flourish and achieve their goals. Resources and guidance are provided to support publications, grant capture and impact and engagement activities.

We value teaching. Staff in POLSIS are encouraged to develop and deliver high quality and innovative teaching and learning. Support is offered at all levels of the University to assist staff to achieve these goals and help us forge the next generation of political scientists.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will contribute to teaching and associated administration

Teaching is likely to include:
  1. the management and delivery of teaching and assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and
  2. enhancement of the student experience.

Administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental level and primarily around the management and delivery of teaching.

Learning and Teaching

Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):
  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches
  • where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
  • supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.


Contributing to administration of teaching across the department

Person Specification
  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to and manage student learning
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring students to success at all levels

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Management Administration
    • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental teaching-related management processes
    • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
    • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal inquiries please contact Professor Linstaedt on r.linstaedt@bham.ac.uk (Head of the School of Government) or Dr Richard North on r.north.2@bham.ac.uk (Head of POLSIS)

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community '

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