Associate Lecturer A: Modern and Contemporary Literature

Birkbeck College, University of London – Teaching

Purpose and Main Duties

This is an exciting opportunity to join our teaching teams on the BA English, the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture and the MA Modern and Contemporary Literature in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.

We are currently looking for a part-time fixed term Associate Lecturer A to teach on a number of modules beginning October 2015 as maternity leave cover.

The postholder will teach a variety of modules encompassing British, American and postcolonial modern and contemporary literature, at BA and MA level. Modules might include the BA core course The Novel, BA options like The ‘American Century’ and Beyond: US Literature and Culture since 1900, British Literature 1945-79, and the MA core course Postwar to Contemporary Literature. The postholder may also supervise BA and MA dissertation students.

Responsibilities will include giving lectures, leading seminars, administration and assessment of the module. The role may also involve the convening of some modules. You will deliver teaching to Birkbeck students, in order to enable them to complete their studies successfully and undertake all related course administrative duties as required.

All teaching takes place within the Department of English and Humanities’ evening timetable, between 6pm and 9pm, and may occur in the autumn, spring and summer terms.

Candidate Requirements

In addition to the job requirements outlined on the role profile the minimum requirements for selection are as follows:

  • A Masters degree in English/American literature or an equivalent qualification with specific subject knowledge of literature;
  • A demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the key historical and theoretical frameworks that inform the field of literary studies;
  • Relevant teaching experience teaching in literature, American studies, and/or the arts at HE level;
  • A good understanding of the needs of part-time adult learners with an ability to relate well to their individual needs and engage their interest and enthusiasm;
  • Experience of marking and assessment at HE level;
  • Demonstrably effective communication, interpersonal and presentation skills across a range of relevant contexts;
  • A working knowledge of IT including word, excel, email and experience of/ willingness to use a virtual learning environment (Moodle);
  • Able to work both as part of a team and independently as appropriate;
  • Willingness to engage in reflective practice.

Please note: Candidates will need to demonstrate competence or significant potential in all areas.

In addition it is desirable that candidates have:

  • A PhD qualification in a relevant area;
  • Significant experience in teaching adults from a wide range of backgrounds on open access courses (particularly in HE);
  • Experience in teaching literature/American studies at MA level;
  • A Teaching Qualification.

Further Information

Informal enquiries on the role can be made to Dr Anna Hartnell via email to however please note that only completed formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Remuneration: Payment is based on an hourly rate dependent upon length of continuous service with the College (starting rate £55.65 per hour inclusive pro-rata London Allowance and holiday pay) for contact hours worked.