|1. Job Details
Job title: Alwaleed Lecturer in the Globalised Muslim World
School/Unit: LLC – The Alwaleed Centre
Line manager: Director of the Alwaleed Centre
2. Job Purpose
This three-year fixed term appointment is ideal for scholars seeking to develop their teaching and research profile. The Lecturer will contribute to the development of the Centre’s research profile as well as to its teaching and outreach activities. The Lecturer will undertake programme and course organisation as part of the Alwaleed Centre’s new MSc Globalised Muslim World programme. The Lecturer will also take the lead in teaching and supervision on the MSc, as well as contribute to other subject areas as appropriate. The Lecturer will work with the Centre’s Director on developing the research activities of the Centre’s Globalised Muslim world research cluster. Ideally the expertise of the successful candidate will expand and complement the existing research expertise of the centre.
3. Main Responsibilities
The post holder is expected to:
- Undertake curriculum development, course organisation and teaching in the MSc Globalised Muslim World, set and mark assignments and examinations, and supervise dissertations. (Approx. 40% of the time)
- Undertake research leading to publication and contributing to the research activities of the Centre. (Approx. 30% of the time)
- Undertake administrative and outreach activities at the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre. (Approx. 30% of the time)
4. Planning and Organising
The postholder is expected to:
• Organise and carry out their work with limited supervision.
• Liaise closely with other colleagues within the Centre and relevant subject areas.
• Contribute to research projects as part of the Centre team.
• Develop and carry out a plan for specific research and grant applications.
5. Problem Solving
The postholder is expected to:
• Liaise with staff to resolve student issues and matters relating to course administration.
• Improve teaching practice, particularly online.
• Help and advise students as appropriate.
• Identify gaps in knowledge and undertake research and training to fill these.
• Use professional expertise and exercise good judgement of possibilities and risks.
6. Decision Making
The postholder is expected to:
• Be responsible for running their teaching commitments on a day-to-day basis and for decisions involved in so doing.
• Demonstrate autonomous decision-making in consultation with the Centre’s Director.
• Provide specialist advice and recommendations to support effective decision-making.
• Participate in team meetings within the Centre to determine future priorities and activities.
7. Key Contacts/Relationships
• Director of the Centre and the members associated with the Centre.
• Support staff in Teaching and Student Support Offices.
• Academic units across the university.
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
• A PhD on a relevant topic
• Evidence of sustained and developing research and peer-reviewed publication activities.
• Teaching and supervision experience appropriate to the applicant’s career stage.
• Ability to design and deliver course materials in the field of the MSc, and assess student performance, including online.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching and in the development of innovative courses, including online.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work as part of a team and to communicate well with students.
• Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise tasks and conflicting deadlines.
• Qualification in teaching or training.
• Relevant experience of teaching in this field.
• Administrative experience of course organisation.
• Evidence of actual or potential research grant capture.
• Social and political sciences or area studies background.
• Knowledge of a relevant regional language.
• Experience of working with (new) media.
• Ability and willingness to travel internationally.
The postholder will be a member of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
10. Job Context and any other relevant information
This is a full-time position, on a 3-year fixed-term non-renewable basis.
Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Mr Tom Lea, Alwaleed Centre General Manager, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you be shortlisted, prior to the interviews, you will be asked to submit a proposed syllabus for a 10-week course entitled ‘International, Transnational and Globalised Dynamics of the Muslim World’, and to provide two recent pieces of refereed research.
The HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is an interdisciplinary centre of the University of Edinburgh most closely associated to the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre is committed to encouraging a better understanding of contemporary Islam and the globalised Muslim world through ground-breaking research and innovative outreach projects. The Edinburgh Centre is part of a unique network of Centres at prestigious universities around the world; four in the UK and the USA (Edinburgh, Cambridge, Harvard, Georgetown) and two in the Middle East (Cairo and Beirut). For more information visit: www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 7th October, 2020.
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Conditions of Employment
This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.
For further information please visit our Pensions website.
The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
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