Senior Lecturer in International Relations



Job description

York, UK

Closing date: Tuesday 15th June 2021 at midnight

Interview date: Friday 2nd July 2021

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

As one of the fastest growing universities in the UK over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset.

The School

The School of Humanities invites applications for a permanent 1.0fte post of Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion. Our Religion team is one part of a thriving and research-active School of Humanities incorporating Creative Writing, English Literature, Geography, History, Media, Politics and Religion. Religion ranked fifth for ‘overall satisfaction’ and fourth for ‘teaching’ out of participating English universities in the 2020 National Student Survey; in addition, we have a growing body of postgraduate researchers and an exciting taught Masters programme supported by the Centre for Religion in Society. This is an exciting time to join the Religion team: we have recently revalidated our undergraduate programmes in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and Religion and Theology, as well as developing joint honours programmes with History and Literature. Our approach is interdisciplinary: we study beliefs and practices through themes, concepts and lenses that problematise global and local power-relations of class, gender, race and religion; in particular, we emphasise social justice informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are eager to hear your ideas for contributing to the Centre for Religion in Society, and your proposals for new modules that complement the revalidated programmes.

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic lecturer who is well versed in philosophical and theological approaches to the study of religion. In the first instance, you will be required to teach introductory modules in the philosophy of religion and ethics, as well as upper-level undergraduate modules covering key developments in the philosophy of religion in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the exploration of theological and ethical issues in film, and the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation. You will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to contribute to recruitment via open days and school liaison activities.

You will be committed to developing your own teaching practice and research activity,  and keen to contribute to the collaborative and inclusive ethos of the School and the University.

The majority of your work will involve teaching in a variety of settings, including small group tutorials/seminars and lectures; assessment and marking; associated administrative duties; and the provision of pastoral and academic support to students.

Key Requirements

It is essential that you hold a doctoral level qualification in philosophy of religion or philosophical theology and a willingness to teach the areas specified above. You should be actively engaged in research. After a successful probationary period, there will be the opportunity to develop modules suited to your specialisms, as long as these fit within the existing programmes.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr. Esther McIntosh, Associate Head of School: Religion, Politics and International Relations via email [email protected]

In addition to a competitive salary, YSJ employees enjoy access to a superb range of benefits including –

  • Generous annual leave entitlement (plus additional leave days during our Christmas closure period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Health cash plan
  • Training and development
  • Discounts at a range of local companies, including shops, cafes and restaurants.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff networks and a multi-faith space to support staff from different background

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

Apply online

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Interviews may take place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Further guidance will be provided to candidates who progress to interview stage.

Please note that this vacancy may close early if a large volume of applications are received to ensure that we can meet the above timescales. Any applications currently in progress at this time will be notified and given the opportunity to complete their application prior to closure.

York St John is a prestigious university with roots going back to the 1840’s. York Diocesan Training School, for teacher education, opened in May 1841 with one pupil on the register, 16 year old Edward Preston Cordukes. (The current Students’ Union building is named in his honour). 1846 saw the foundation of the Female Training School which moved to Ripon in 1862. The college in York was described as St John’s College from the late 1890s.