Lecturer in Comparative Literature

King's College London

United Kingdom


The Department of Comparative Literature wishes to appoint a promising scholar in the field of Comparative Literature from 1 January 2020. The successful candidate will have established a strong research profile and possess relevant teaching experience in areas of literature which complement our existing areas of expertise. The appointee will design and deliver teaching for the BA and MA programmes in Comparative Literature and will also teach on established undergraduate and MA modules. They will be expected to engage in and develop research projects and supervise PhD students. The appointee will also participate in the continuing development of the Department in terms of national and international student recruitment, international links and governance.

Applicants specializing in any area of Comparative Literature are welcomed, with preference given to candidates who can offer research expertise and teaching experience in more than one geographical or linguistic area and/or historical period. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field of Literature in hand by the start date and demonstrate excellent research potential for career stage.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full time post - 100% full time equivalent.

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.

To apply, please register with the King's College London application portal and complete your application online.

Role Purpose
The Department wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Comparative Literature on an indefinite basis. The appointment will run from 1 January 2020. The successful candidate will have a strong research and teaching record to complement our current strengths across classical and modern European and modern non-European literatures. Expertise in more than one geographical or linguistic area and/or historical period will be an advantage.

The candidate will be expected:
 To participate in the planning, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes,
 To undertake internationally leading research that is consistent with the Department and Faculty’s research strategy,
 To carry out administration as requested by the Head of Department.

The post will be based at the Virginia Woolf Building, King’s Strand Campus.

Role Profile
Key objectives:
 Participate in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice.
 Serve as module convenor for large undergraduate module, supporting and training graduate assistants, and coordinating academic staff.
 Act as personal tutor to students as agreed with the Head of Department and assist with difficulties, e.g. learning support/problems.
 Participate fully in assessment and examination processes as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.
 Engage in professional development as appropriate.
 Contribute to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, Faculty and university, including establishing a track record of high quality publication.
 Attend and participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences within subject related areas.
 Accept academic responsibility within the Department and Faculty, involving departmental administrative responsibilities in respect of student services, student recruitment and advice as well as participating in aspects of Faculty governance on Faculty committees.
 Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department.

Communication & networking:
 Communicate conceptual and complex ideas to a variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods.
 Lead and develop internal networks.
 Participate in and develop external networks.
 Communication with students through the appropriate media.

Decision Making, Planning & Problem-Solving:
 Identify programme development needs and propose how these should be achieved.
 Develop ideas for promoting the subject, disseminating and applying the results of scholarship and generating income.
 Design, deliver and assess modules.
 Collaborate with colleagues on the implementation of assessment procedures.
 Contribute to accreditation and quality control processes.
 Ensure student needs and expectations are met.
 Manage projects relating to own area of work.
 Take responsibility for administrative duties such as admissions, timetabling, examinations, attendance, etc.
 Attend staff training courses as appropriate, and identify areas in which further training is required.

Service Delivery:
 Take a role in the provision of, managing, agreeing, and defining of service standard.
 Balance the pressures of teaching and administrative demands and competing deadlines.
 Conduct risk assessments and take responsibility for the health and safety of students and others.

Analysis & Research:
 Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities.

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support:
 Act as a responsible team member, leading where agreed, and develop a productive working relationship with others.
 Collaborate with colleagues to identify and respond to student needs.
 Collaborate with colleagues across departments to deliver relevant interdisciplinary programmes.
 Design teaching material and deliver across a range of modules within the subject area.
 Use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods.
 Supervise student projects at all levels.
 Contribute to the planning, design, and development of objectives and material.
 Identify areas of current provision in need of revision or improvement.
 Set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students.
Sensory/physical demands & work environment:
 Conduct risk assessments and take responsibility for the health and safety of students and others.

Pastoral Care:
 Take responsibility for the welfare of tutees and students on their courses
 Provide support and be considerate of other members of staff.

Contact Person: Dr. Anna Bernard, Head of Department
Contact Details: anna.bernard@kcl.ac.uk

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