Lecturer A in Creative Writing

Birkbeck College, University of London - Academic

Job Description

Applications are invited for a full-time, open-ended Lectureship in Creative Writing in the Department of English and Humanities.

We are looking to appoint a fiction writer to join the Creative Writing Programme at Birkbeck, University of London. The post is located within a highly regarded Department of English and Humanities and is taught by prominent writers who work with a variety of genres and forms, including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, playwriting and screenwriting. Creative Writing at Birkbeck is offered as a Single Honours BA, as well as in a joint programme with English. Creative Writing is also offered at MA, MPhil and PhD levels and will be available soon as an MFA degree.

The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and delivering lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials on the Creative Writing BA and MA. In addition, the successful candidate will be asked to carry out appropriate administrative duties, such as module and course convening, assessment, chairing examination boards and participating in various college committees. You may also be required to take on teaching and administrative roles at a Department level, working alongside colleagues across the Department of English and Humanities. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the Postgraduate research culture and the wider scholarly research environment of the School of Arts.

Applicants should possess a current publication profile in prose fiction and enjoy a flourishing reputation as a writer. Candidates who, furthermore, show the capacity to undertake, co-ordinate and develop research in Creative Writing are of particular interest.

You will be expected to supervise students undertaking MPhils and PhDs in Creative Writing.

The Birkbeck student profile provides a unique teaching experience, having previously focussed exclusively on mature students. The college attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate an ability to work effectively and stimulatingly with such diversity.

Candidate Requirements

  • You should be educated to degree level or equivalent. A PhD or similar experience in an appropriate field is highly desirable.
  • Previous experience of teaching Creative Writing in HE is essential. Experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level teaching is highly desirable.
  • You will possess a strong publication record and have ambitious future plans for publication.
  • A track record in applying for external funding is highly desirable, as are intentions to seek external funding and establish productive partnerships in the near future.

About the Department

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Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £36,548 rising to £41,772 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week and open-ended.

The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Interviews will be held on Monday 14 November 2016.

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