Assistant Professor in Business Ethics

Trinity College Dublin



Position Summary:
Trinity Business School is in the midst of a transformative high growth strategy. It is currently one of the fastest growing Business Schools in the Developed World and accredited by EQUIS and AMBA. It is engaged in significant levels of recruitment of faculty and professional staff plus investing €80 million in a new state of the art building at the heart of Dublin City. The School is implementing extensive innovation in both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as in a new portfolio of executive education. All of these activities are delivering impactful programmes, which are underpinned by personal development, ethical values, rigorous research and cutting-edge expertise from industry. The mission is to build upon Trinity Business School’s niche high quality education offering and develop a full portfolio of activities commensurate with a leading international business school. Business Ethics is a core component of our mission and plays a particularly important role in our teaching portfolio and in the development of research and social innovation and engagement.

The School intends to hire research-active academics who at Assistant Professor level will have a minimum of one publication ranked by the Chartered Association of Business School (ABS) at least a 3 Star level. Applicants with publications in the FT list of preferred management research journals are particularly welcome.

Trinity Business School delivers cutting-edge education at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level. It has also launched some very successful executive education degree programmes with ambitions for further expansion. Therefore, we are seeking to hire a professor who is motivated and passionate about their teaching and ultimately its impact on the careers of students, managers, organisations and society. While Trinity has an internationally competitive workload model which includes generous time for research, it is fair to say that we are not looking for a professor whose career aspiration is to only focus on research to the point of seeking to disengage from teaching and students. Instead, we want to hire a professor who through teaching excellence will secure high course evaluation ratings and who will want to play an active role in developing leading education programmes and experiences for students and executives/entrepreneurs.

The ideal candidate(s) for the post(s) will have a relevant PhD, high quality research publications and will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and administration, consistent with the demands of modern business education. Beyond this criteria, industry expertise and/or a professional qualification will be an advantage.

Candidates should have excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Informal enquiries can be made to:
Professor Gemma Donnelly-Cox ( or +353-1-896-2316), Professor Mary Lee Rhodes ( or +353-1-896-1583) or to Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of the Trinity Business School by e-mail:

Background to the Position:
Standard Duties of the Position:
Successful candidates will:
1. Teach in the area of business ethics or related subject(s) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
2. Develop learning environments that are consistent with modern teaching and learning practices and that are flexible, student-centered and accessible, utilising appropriate technology.
3. Contribute to building an active individual and collaborative international research record, including PhD supervision, publication and the generation of external research income.
4. Participate with colleagues in developing and maintaining links and partnerships with industry and the wider community both nationally and internationally.
5. Undertake appropriate administrative/managerial activities and tasks that support the Trinity Business School, Trinity Centre for Social Innovation and/or the wider Trinity community.

Person Specification for Assistant Professor
The persons appointed to these posts will have:
 A Ph.D. qualification (or at least a recent final thesis submission and viva within 4-8 weeks in the case of applicants for assistant professorships) in any area of Business, Management, Economics, Philosophy, or Psychology with a focus on Business Ethics, Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Innovation and/or Corporate Social Responsibility.
 Industry expertise with a focus on the practice (or not) of Business Ethics / Social Impact in firms is of particular interest Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

 Familiarity with working in an interdisciplinary environment, candidate must be able to and willing to teach topics at undergraduate level that lie outside their immediate area of specialisation – Essential.
 Experience in teaching at university level - Essential
 Experience in designing, planning and implementing academic programmes for professional learning – Desirable.
 Experience of designing and monitoring undergraduate / postgraduate research projects – Desirable.
 Proven experience of facilitating seminars, presentations and workshops – Essential.
 Innovative approaches to learning and teaching - Desirable.
 Evidence of a personal contribution and commitment to excellence in teaching - Desirable.
 Experience of using new teaching methods/media - Desirable.
 Experience in curriculum design, examinations and course administration - Desirable.

 A minimum of at least one Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) 3-star publication – Essential.
 Ability to secure research funding and to attract and develop postgraduate students - Desirable.
 Ability to supervise dissertations through to a successful outcome - Essential.
 Knowledge of recent research in the relevant areas - Essential.
 Evidence of research achievement, and of future research potential by means of publications which demonstrate originality and value - Essential.
 Experience in presenting at international conferences and to be members of relevant learned societies - Essential.
 Capacity to work as part of a team - Essential.
 A record of/ plans for research leading to published work. This will be best indicated by publication plans in international refereed journals –Desirable.
 It would be an advantage for an applicant at Assistant level to have a portfolio of research ideally in ABS ranked publications or including publications in FT preferred management research journals: – Desirable.

Service to the University / Administration:
 The successful candidate will be expected to participate in discipline administration including Admissions, Student Recruitment, Examinations, Course Leadership and Student Attendance – Essential.
 Pastoral role as a College tutor – Essential.
 Proven track record in organisation and administration including leading and working collaboratively with other colleagues as part of a course team- Desirable.
 Experience in research centre administration, including grant-writing, impact measurement and dissemination of research - Desirable
 A commitment to student care - Essential.
 A commitment to professional development - Essential.
 Good organisational skills are required, including an ability to meet deadlines - Essential.

Experience in engagement with Discipline/ Society:
The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate significant engagement with the Discipline / Society and show strong contribution on outreach activities that include the following:
 Shows contribution to their current School, University, Discipline – Essential.
 External examining – Desirable.
 Invited appearances before academic or public audiences - Desirable.
 Service to the intellectual infrastructure of the discipline or field of study (editing research journals, conference proceedings, other scholarly publications, web sites, refereeing submitted materials) – Essential.
 Contribution to academic and professional bodies – Desirable.
 Contribution to national and international bodies – Desirable.
 Societal engagement relevant to the University’s and School's mission statement – Desirable.
 Organisation of workshops, seminars, conferences or other collaborative intellectual activity- Desirable.
 Pro bono consultancies / research engagements resulting in publication and/or press coverage - Desirable.
 Professional advice to government, private and/or public organisations in the area of
Business Ethics – Desirable.

Skills & Competencies for Assistant Professors:
 A collaborative working style: with openness to collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines.
 Strategic Thinking: Evidence of being a strategic thinker and practical organiser is essential.
 Engagement with the Discipline: A commitment to scholarship, student care and societal engagement relevant to the University’s mission statement.
 Enthusiasm: for and success in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students;
 Collaborative working: for a collegial style of working, for collaborative and interdisciplinary work in teaching and research, and for international networking.
 Management abilities: in addition to research management, the appointee will have to work with and guide administrative staff within the School in delivering its teaching programmes.

In addition, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential contribution to the School, to the University and to the wider community.

Candidates should submit by e-Recruitment:
 Cover letter
 Full curriculum vitae to include your list of publications and the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible).
 Research plan (summarising research to be carried out in the next two years and including details for funding to be sought – maximum of 2 pages).
 Teaching statement (summarising teaching experience and approach – maximum of 2 pages).

 Candidates who do not submit the information specified via e –recruitment will not be considered for shortlisting.
 Applications are only accepted via
 Applications sent after the closing date or time will not be considered for shortlisting.

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