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Part-time Teaching Assistant, Psychology & Health Sciences

Boston University Study Abroad London

Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th November 2018
Closes: 17th December 2018

(Jan-Feb 2019, fixed-term)

South Kensington, London SW7

Role Outline

Boston University Study Abroad London is seeking a Teaching Assistant for the core course in Psychology and Health Sciences on the Internship Programme for American study-abroad students, starting 17th January 2019.  Teaching is for six weeks, on Wednesdays & Thursdays, (PM) amounting to 50 classroom contact hours. The course will conclude on Thursday 21st February.

See http://www.bu.edu/london/programmes/lipspring/ for details on BU Study Abroad London.

Psychology and Social Issues: British Perspectives

The course draws on British contributions to psychological theory and research to relation to contemporary challenges relating to: violence, crime and social disorder (the 2011 riots), immigration and asylum seeking; gender issues and attitudes to sexuality and sexual diversity, sexual exploitation and abuse, and health, wellbeing and emotions. The course will also serve to develop skills in teamwork and collaboration, through group projects focused on the social policy impacts of the work of high-ranking Psychology departments and academics in British universities.

The course will enable students to:

  • Evidence their knowledge of the British contribution to the development of psychology as a discipline, and awareness of the work of some leading historical and contemporary British social psychologists.
  • Demonstrate their analytic skills for the critical evaluation of the contributions and limitations of selected examples of social inquiry in understanding contemporary social issues and in informing potential intervention strategies.
  • Evidence their increased insight in relation to the challenges facing individuals in community contexts through careful reflection on fieldwork visits to meet individuals working in communities and organisations in London to address contemporary social issues.
  • Demonstrate their skills in small team working through creating a presentation on the work of a selected UK university psychology department, or the Behavioural Insights Team, highlighting the contributions made by the department/organisation as a whole, and critically evaluating the work of one selected academic or project within it, together with raising probing questions to stimulate discussion in the wider group.

Job Description

Duties include:

  • Attend all classes and assist professors as required, including facilitation of small group discussion during core course seminars
  • Organise field trips in London, and accompany and lead students during visits
  • Advise students on coursework
  • Liaise between BU London office and students
  • Occasional office duties

Required Skills

The successful candidate will hold a minimum of a Master’s degree, and/or be working towards or have recently completed a PhD in Psychology and/or Health Sciences. Candidates must possess extensive knowledge of social issues in the UK. Candidates must also have experience of working with and teaching undergraduates, ideally American students. Candidates must possess strong cross-cultural, mentoring and communication skills. Applicants must have the legal status to work full-time in the UK.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to michelle@bu-london.co.uk tel: 01892 891792. Your letter must explain concisely your suitability for the role in terms of your teaching expertise and your experience of American students.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews are planned for the week of 17th December 2018.

Boston University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Salary

Competitive

   
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