Values-informed Teaching in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Promoting and Supporting Reflective Practice Within Disciplines

University of Kent

Funded PhD and Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantship in Higher Education, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent

UK students, EU students. Funding amount: £14,553 per annum

One Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship is available at the University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education for a start date by January 2018. The successful candidate will work with researchers in the Centre to develop new research on the following theme:

Values-informed Teaching in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Promoting and Supporting Reflective Practice within Disciplines

Ongoing research in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education CSHE explores the values and beliefs underpinning educators’ pedagogical strategies, and is leading to significant new theory and the development of discipline-specific reflective practice frameworks for supporting values-led decision-making in teaching. We are seeking a PhD candidate who will extend CSHE’s work in this area by undertaking research into educational values within one or more disciplines of the arts excluding music , humanities and social sciences in higher education. 

We invite research proposals of 2,000 words that align with these themes and objectives. While the precise focus of the research may vary, it is expected that proposals will engage with the following overarching research questions:

  • What are the values held by academics teaching within the chosen discipline ?
  • How do these values inform decision-making in teaching and curriculum design?
  • What modes of reflective practice can support teaching and learning within the chosen discipline ?

Dr Tom Parkinson will act as first supervisor for the project Informal inquiries may be directed to

Applications will be made online through the University of Kent’s postgraduate admissions system at


The deadline for applications is 23rd August 2017. Interviews date to be confirmed. The successful candidate must start their degree programme no later than January 2018.

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