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Teaching Fellow in Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Job category Junior faculty / Fixed term
AOS Social and Political Philosophy
AOS categories Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Applied Ethics, Ethics
AOC categories Applied Ethics
Ethics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 039332
Location Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Start date September 1, 2017
Job description

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is seeking to appoint a fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. The post-holder will be responsible for preparing and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, primarily in relation to Social and Political Philosophy. This may include introductory, advanced and masters level teaching (including online provision), as well as assessment at all levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students.

The post is full time (35 hours per week) and fixed term for 10 months (1 September 2017 - 30 June 2018).

Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum. 
The closing date is 5.00 pm (GMT) on 17th April 2017.

Job Purpose

Preparing, teaching and assessing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Philosophy, especially in social and political philosophy.

Main Responsibilities 
Preparation and teaching of lectures, seminars and tutorials. The Teaching Fellow will be asked to contribute to the teaching of several courses, in various areas of curriculum need across all levels, depending on expertise. (70%)

Assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students. (25%)

Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the subject area. The appointee will be expected to play a part in the collegiate life of the Philosophy subject area and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. (5%)

Planning and Organising 
Responsibility for their own time management.

Preparing, organising, delivering, and assessing relevant undergraduate and postgraduate courses and meeting relevant deadlines. This may include the provision of training and guidance to tutors.

Problem Solving 
Responding to student feedback on teaching and assessment.

Decision Making 
Deciding on appropriate teaching material for courses at various levels and how best to present this material to students and how it is best assessed.

Deciding on the best way to deal with student queries, including when to approach other key School contacts for further support.

Key Contacts/Relationships 
UG and PG students; other teaching colleagues within Philosophy; Head of Subject Area; UG Teaching Director; MSc Programme Directors and Professional Services staff across the School.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job 
Essential 
• A degree in Philosophy with relevant post-graduate research and/or teaching experience, normally a PhD or equivalent. 
• Postgraduate research experience in Philosophy with evidence of outstanding potential. 
• Experience in design and delivery of effective undergraduate university teaching. 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
• Excellent interpersonal skills. 
• Ability to manage time and to work to strict deadlines.

Desirable 
• Experience in design and delivery of effective postgraduate university teaching and/or supervision. 
• Experience with on-line pedagogy.

Dimensions 
There are four kinds of courses the Teaching Fellow may be asked to teach: (i) lectures and/or tutorials for large prehonours courses, (ii) medium-sized seminars of 15-30 students to honours and MSc students; (iii) small MSc seminars and discussions, (iv) on-line MSc courses of 10-20 students with pre-recorded lectures and live on-line seminars. Depending on the specific courses, the post holder would normally be expected to teach 2-3 of these per semester.

Job Context and any other relevant information

Details of the Teaching Fellow’s teaching responsibilities will be worked out with the Head of Philosophy within the contracted hours. The department offers a range of honours and MSc courses in moral and political philosophy. We would expect the post holder to teach in these areas.

Application Procedure 
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of the linked 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 5.00 pm (GMT) on 17th April 2017.

Informal Enquiries 
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Matthew Chrisman (Head.of.Philosophy@ed.ac.uk).

How to apply
Application type Online
Instructions
Search for Teaching Fellow in Philosophy or Vacancy Ref 039332.
Web address to apply https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/e...
Hard deadline April 17, 2017, 5:00pm BST
Contact
Web address for more information http://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy
Contact name Matthew Chrisman
Contact email
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Time created March 17, 2017, 12:02pm EST
Scheduled expiry date April 17, 2017, 5:00pm BST
Last updated March 20, 2017, 4:20am EST
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The previously listed "Job Description" and "Job Context" erroneously listed the wrong AOS. The AOS is Social and Political Philosophy.
March 20, 2017, 3:56am EST

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