Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 10, 2021
May 05, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details
  • School of History and Cultures
  • College of Arts and Law
  • Grade 7
  • Full Time

This appointment offers an exciting opportunity to join the Department of History in the School of History and Cultures at Birmingham. The Department is one of the largest and most diverse in Britain and has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. In REF 2014 History was ranked first nationally, with exceptionally high-calibre research publications as well as strong impact beyond the academy.

We seek a specialist to consolidate and expand our teaching strengths in the field of Early Modern History. At undergraduate level the appointee will be expected to contribute teaching to optional second and third year undergraduate modules relevant to their area of expertise. These modules could include Tudor Terrors, State and Empire in the Early Modern World, and Women Behaving Badly in Tudor and Stuart England. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the team-taught first year core module Making of the Modern World, 1500-1800, undergraduate modules on historical theory and methods, and the supervision of undergraduate dissertations.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the administration of teaching (e.g. by promoting and supporting the leadership of our undergraduate and graduate programmes) and to assume a key departmental role (e.g. staff-student liaison, examinations, admissions) and/or other roles, as appropriate, in the larger School of History and Cultures.


To teach and advise undergraduate, postgraduate or CPD students within own subject area and within an established teaching programme, managed supervised by member of staff with ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme.

Summary of Role
  • Teaching within own subject area within an established teaching programme (under the supervision from an academic member of staff)
  • Contribute to generating funding and may: a) contribute to enhancement of the student experience or employability; b) contribute to designing CPD programmes for clients external to the University and similar; c) contribute to deliver CPD programmes, consulting on own specialism and the like, often under the supervision of a project leader.
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Main Responsibilities
  • Teach courses at a range of levels within specified subject area and within own area of subject specialism to undergraduates, postgraduates and CPD students, predominantly through allocated lectures and seminars, so that the School's teaching objectives are met.
  • Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
  • Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work.
  • Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
  • Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award - as a mark or as a credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.)
  • Frequently update own subject expertise.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
  • Undertake management/administration arising from teaching.
  • Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration.
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

  • Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications (or close to completion)
  • High-level analytical capability
  • Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

For further information please contact m.houlbrook@bham.ac.uk

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