Associate Lecturer A: Drama and Theatre studies

Birkbeck, University of London - Teaching

Purpose and Main Duties

We are currently looking for a part-time fixed term Associate Lecturer A to join the drama and theatre studies team within the Department of English and Humanities, to teach the following 30 CATS Level 7 module beginning October 2017:

Scene Study

Scene Study is a core module on our MA Text and Performance degree, delivered in partnership with RADA. The year-long module explores the relationship between text and performance, with a focus on histories, practices and theories of tragedy and the tragic. You will deliver seminar teaching to Birkbeck students in order to enable them to complete their studies successfully and undertake all related course administration and assessment as required.

The course meets on Wednesday evenings during Autumn and Spring terms, from Wednesday 4 October 2017 to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Candidate Requirements

The minimum requirements for selection are listed below:

  • A Masters degree in Theatre or an equivalent qualification with specific subject knowledge of theatre studies.
  • A demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical frameworks that inform the field of theatre studies.
  • A demonstrable knowledge and understanding of theatre history and practice.
  • A demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the methods required for the critical and theoretical analysis of live performance.
  • Relevant teaching experience teaching theatre, drama and performance studies at HE level.
  • A good understanding of the needs of part-time adult learners and be able to relate well to their individual needs and engage their 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 Moodle.
  • Able to work both as part of a team and independently as appropriate.
  • Willing 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 qualification in a relevant area.
  • Significant experience of teaching adults from a wide range of backgrounds on open access courses [particularly in HE]
  • A Teaching Qualification.

About the Department

For further information about the Department of English and Humanities, please visit the following website:

Further Information

Salary: 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.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight Sunday 27 August 2017.

Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

Informal enquires on the role can be made to the Programme Director Dr Fintan Walsh at However, please note that only completed formal applications through the online system will be considered.

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