Birkbeck College, University of London – Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Location: Bloomsbury
Salary: £57.55 per hour
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 2nd September 2016
Closes: 12th September 2016
Job Ref: 11980

Purpose and Main Duties

This is an exciting opportunity to join our teaching team in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.

We are currently looking for a part-time fixed term Associate Lecturer A: Modern American History beginning October 2016.

Main responsibilities would be the preparation, teaching, administration and assessment of the Group Two module, ‘Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present’. This will require delivering teaching to undergraduates in order to enable them to successfully complete their studies successfully in this field, and undertake all related course administrative duties as required.

The module aims to deliver an intermediate-level course to students with some knowledge of American History, providing them with a broad overview of the major developments in American cultural history since the late nineteenth century. An outline of the module is available upon request, but the successful applicant will have some scope to adapt content and approach as seems suitable.

The successful candidate will be expected to be familiar with a variety of teaching methods: lecturing, managing group discussions in a seminar setting, marking students’ written work and examination scripts.

The course meets for 2 hours once a week on a Monday 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. over the Autumn and Spring Terms commencing Monday 10th October, 2016.

Teaching duties include delivering a lecture each week, followed by a one-hour seminar. This comprises a total of 2 hours tuition per week plus an additional hours student consultation time.

Candidate Requirements

The minimum requirements for selection are listed below:

A degree in an appropriate area (i.e. Modern History) and teaching experience in this field.
Relevant teaching experience, ideally working with students within the HE sector.
A good understanding of the needs of students, particularly adult learners and be able to relate well to their individual needs and engage interest and enthusiasm.
Experience of or willingness to develop a wide range of teaching and assessment methods.
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 leaning environment – Moodle.
Ability to work both as part of a team and independently as appropriate.
Willingness to engage in reflective practice.
Please note: candidates need to demonstrate competence or significant potential in all areas.

In addition it is desirable that candidates have:

A PhD in an appropriate field in Modern History, research and teaching experience in this field.

About the Department

For further information about the Department of History, Classics and Archeology, please visit the following website:

Further Information

Remuneration: Grade 7 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is starting rate £57.55 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay) for contact hours worked.

The salary quoted above is based on an hourly rate dependent upon length of serve with the College. This hourly rate is based on the starting point of Grade 7 and is inclusive of a ‘Duties Related to Teaching Multiplier’ which covers preparation; teaching, administration, assessment marking and other examining duties in connection with the course. The College’s London Pay Scale includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. This appointment is subject to a probationary period of 18 months.

Interviews are likely to be held on a date to be confirmed.

Informal enquires on the role can be made to Dr Fred Anscombe.