Posted on: 23 April, 2019
Application deadline: May 17, 2019

Senior Lectureship in Sociology, with a focus on Race and Decolonial Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Senior Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies

Vacancy Ref: 047696

Closing Date: 17-May-2019

Contact Person: Jonathan Hearn

Contact Number: 0131 650 4242

Contact Email:   mailto:j.hearn@ed.ac.uk

 

Applications are invited for a Senior Lectureship in Sociology, with a focus on Race and Decolonial Studies.

Successful candidates will have a research record with publications of international significance and all candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. With a profile at the cutting edge of critical race theory, post colonialism and intersectionality, you will further the School’s international reputation for research and its commitment to excellence in teaching and the provision of academic student support.

This full time, open ended position is available from 1 August 2019. Consideration may be given to this post being part time, however the part time nature of this post must not be less than 0.8FTE (28 hours per week).

Grade: UE09 (£51,630 – £58,089)

Closing date: 17th May 2019 5pm (GMT)

  1. Job Purpose

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who will further the School’s reputation in the field of sociology, with a particular focus on race and decolonial studies. It is essential that the successful candidate presents a research profile which is at the forefront of this area of activity. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and achievement reflected in a personal teaching and supervisory portfolio, and a commitment to the provision of academic student support. The person appointed will also be expected to exhibit a strong commitment to the collegial life of Sociology and the School.

  1. Main Responsibilities
  2. Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses and programmes; contributions to eLearning and online teaching initiatives.
  3. Duties will include: leading on the development of a cross-College Race Studies course during the first year in post, to begin delivery in the second year in post; refreshing and delivering our honours course on Race and Ethnicity. In addition duties may include teaching and convening on these MSc core courses: Key Concepts in Global Social Change, Researching Global Social Change, and lecture contributions to Theories and Theorists in Nationalism Studies and Comparative Perspectives in Nationalism Studies. Producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality Sociology and related journals, securing and managing external research funding from relevant sources, and engaging in knowledge exchange activities.

iii. Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject and School, including MSc Programme Directorship and Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes and otherwise providing enhancements to the educational experience of students. Undertaking specific academic and leadership roles to contribute to the Sociology subject area, the School of Social and Political Science, and their research and teaching programmes.

  1. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential

  • A PhD; except where exceptional experience can suffice as an equivalent. • Evidence of recent and sustained research and publications activities in race and decolonial studies, meeting standards of international excellence, and ability to attract external research funding as an independent researcher and to lead research programmes • A proven track record in teaching leadership, including the ability to develop courses/programmes at postgraduate, and undergraduate levels • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive • Evidence of a commitment to collegiality and team working, within and across academic and professional services teams. • A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

Desirable

  • Experience of leadership of an international research team or centre • Expertise in sociological research in identity and/or critical race and/or post-colonial and/or intersectionality theories • Ability to develop innovative teaching methods • A track record of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies, stakeholders and wider publics

Application Details

The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

The School of Social and Political Science

 

www.sps.ed.ac.uk/

The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises seven Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement numbers c. 240 (FTE), and the professional services complement c. 90. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,400 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, c. 650 taught postgraduates (including Online Learning), and c. 350 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Linda McKie.

SPS‘s primary academic units are: Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; Sociology, and the Centre of African Studies. It also hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, and the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) Training unit. It hosts the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Centre of Canadian Studies. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, gender studies, and global health, the School is centrally involved in the University’s Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health, of Environment and Society, and of Agriculture and Food Security. The School also has growing expertise in digital social sciences and data driven innovation.

The School’s primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders.

In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading.

Sociology

www.sociology.ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading Sociology departments, with an outstanding research and teaching environment. It was ranked first in the UK for its quality and breadth of research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. In addition to its 1st place ranking using the Research Fortnight “Power Index”, the alternate Times Higher Education “research power” index also ranked Edinburgh sociology as top in the UK. We were also ranked 5th out of 99 in the UK in the Independent’s Complete University Guide for 2017, and 17th in the QS World Ranking 2016. The subject area attracts a high volume of external research income from ESRC, ERC and other funders, and a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are evaluated very positively by students. Established by Tom Burns over 50 years ago, Sociology at Edinburgh continues to place an emphasis on rigorous empirical work set within a strong theoretical context. It carries out research on social studies of finance, gender, families and relationships, digital culture and popular culture, demographic change, sustainability, migration, nationalism and national identity, imperialism and globalisation, South Asian societies, the environment, social protest and policing, religion, narrative and auto/biography, It contributes to a variety of research centres in the University including the Centre for South Asian Studies, the Centre for Population Change, and the consortium Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Much of its research is global in reach and benefits from international research networks. Many of its graduates hold faculty positions in universities across the world.

Most of Sociology’s teaching is research led. We teach classes in a wide range of formats, on several degree programmes at undergraduate and masters level, including the MA (Hons) in Sociology, MA (Hons) in Sustainable Development, three MScs in Sociology and Global Social Change, Digital Society and Nationalism Studies, as well as two Research Masters degrees. The population of PhD students numbers c. 80. Both undergraduate and masters programmes emphasise the importance of empirical research skills, including quantitative methods: Edinburgh Sociology aims to be a centre of excellence in QM teaching at undergraduate and masters levels.

Sociology at Edinburgh is highly collegial, with all staff sharing teaching and administration duties, with a culture that stimulates innovative but rigorous research. The subject area, and the School it forms part of, have grown steadily over recent years, developing new areas of research, launching new degree programmes, and recruiting new staff.

Application Procedure

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.

We anticipate interviews will be held in the early June. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm on 17th May 2019 5pm (GMT)

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE09 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.

Salary

The role is grade UE09 and attracts an annual salary of £51,630 to £58,089 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.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Sociology

www.sociology.ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading Sociology departments, with an outstanding research and teaching environment. It was ranked first in the UK for its quality and breadth of research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. In addition to its 1st place ranking using the Research Fortnight “Power Index”, the alternate Times Higher Education “research power” index also ranked Edinburgh sociology as top in the UK. The subject area attracts a high volume of external research income from ESRC, ERC and other funders, and a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are evaluated very positively by students. Established by Tom Burns over 50 years ago, Sociology at Edinburgh continues to place an emphasis on rigorous empirical work set within a strong theoretical context. It carries out research on social studies of finance, gender, families and relationships, digital culture and popular culture, demographic change, sustainability, migration, nationalism and national identity, imperialism and globalisation, South Asian societies, the environment, social protest and policing, religion, narrative and auto/biography, It contributes to a variety of research centres in the University including the Centre for Narrative and Auto/Biographical Studies, Centre for South Asian Studies, and Centre for Population Change, as well as the consortium Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Much of its research is global in reach and benefits from international research networks. Many of its graduates hold faculty positions in universities across the world.

Most of Sociology’s teaching is research led. We teach classes in a wide range of formats, on several degree programmes at undergraduate and masters level, including the MA (Hons) in Sociology, MA (Hons) in Sustainable Development, and MScs in Sociology and Global Social Change and in Nationalism Studies, as well as in two Research Masters degrees. The population of PhD students numbers c. 80. Both undergraduate and masters programmes emphasise the importance of empirical research skills, including quantitative methods: Edinburgh Sociology aims to be a centre of excellence in QM teaching at undergraduate and masters levels.

Sociology at Edinburgh is highly collegial, with all staff sharing teaching and administration duties, with a culture that stimulates innovative but rigorous research. The subject area, and the School it forms part of, have grown steadily over recent years, developing new areas of research, launching new degree programmes, and recruiting new staff.

 

The School Of Social and Political Science

The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Linda McKie.

SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.

The School’s primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University’s Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.

In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading

 

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

(http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission’s overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we’re particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world’s leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

 

University Family Friendly Initiatives

Equality Networks:

Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies

Disabled Staff Network

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