Lecturer in Urban Geography

Oxford Brookes University - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University wishes to appoint a permanent full-time Lecturer in Urban Geography. As part of a major expansion of the Geography programme, we are seeking applicants wishing to join a dynamic and committed team, engaged in research-informed teaching and fieldwork. You should have teaching and research expertise in Urban Geography, with interests in the contemporary and future city. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests that are related to the geographies of one or more of the following topics: urban economy, smart cities, infrastructures and networks, housing markets, urban regeneration, resilience, sustainability, protest and resistance. An ability and enthusiasm to contribute to the teaching of geographical research methods is essential. Potential for developing masters level teaching would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out advanced research in human geography and to contribute to teaching, including module leadership, lecturing, examining, graduate supervision, pastoral care of students, and administration and organisation of teaching and research commensurate with the role of lecturer. The successful candidate will be expected to teach/lead a second year module on cities and a third year module on the future city, with opportunity to develop the modules.

Applicants must have an Honours degree in Geography or closely related discipline, and a doctorate in Geography already awarded at the time of application, with topic clearly related to modern cities or urban futures. Applicants need evidence of the following: substantial research accomplishment with completed or forthcoming publications that are suitable for submission to REF 2020, ability to raise research funding, a realisable research plan, ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students effectively, excellence or the potential for excellence in teaching, and a good record of collaboration and team-work.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Head of Department, Dr Chris McDonaugh (tel: 01865-483759, email: cemcdonaugh@brookes.ac.uk) to discuss the post further. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor John Gold (tel: 01865-483784, email: jrgold@brookes.ac.uk). You may also wish to consult our web site at http://www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/ for further details of the Department of Social Sciences and the Geography programme.

You will be responsible for:

  • Teaching students using appropriate instruction methods and setting and assessing students¿ work.
  • Supervising and assessing students¿ projects and dissertations.
  • Undertaking research leading to international quality publications, seeking funded research opportunities and engaging in scholarly activity.
  • Undertaking curriculum development work including planning, development, evaluation and 
    updating of courses and course materials, and supervising course provision.
  • Caring for the pastoral needs of students including counselling and guidance in relation to their academic programme.

You should have:

  • A PhD in Urban Geography or related field.
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates at HE level.
  • A proven research record.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have skills in working independently and as part of a team.
  • Be able and willing to undertake and, in some cases, lead on administrative duties and to participate fully in the Department and Faculty.

The successful candidate would be expected to be in post by 1 January 2018; the position is available from 1 October 2017.

Interviews will take place on 14th September 2017

Location : Headington Hill Site, Headington Campus

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