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Teaching Fellow in Anthropology of Africa

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law, School of History and Cultures

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 4th June 2019
Job Ref: 81092

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology is looking to appoint a teaching fellow (0.8) to contribute to the delivery of several modules and to supervise undergraduate dissertations and project work in the field of social and cultural anthropology. The position is a fixed-term appointment for ten months from 1 September 2019.  

The post holder will:

  • Teach courses at a range of levels within specified subject area and within own area of subject specialism to undergraduates, postgraduates and CPD students, predominantly through allocated lectures and seminars, so that the School’s teaching objectives are met.
  • Specifically, to teach and assess modules in Anthropology and African Studies. These are likely to include LC Anthropology of Africa (20 credits), LI/H Ethnographies of the marginalised (20 credits), LI Perspectives on Africa (20 credits). You will also contribute towards the teaching and assessment of Theory, Ethnography and Research (40 credits, our core Anthropology module at Level I); and to other modules in Anthropology and African Studies as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
  • Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD in the Anthropology of Africa or a closely related field, or be near completion of such a PhD;
  • the expertise to teach in the area specified in the job particulars (as evidenced by undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees in Anthropology or a related discipline, and a doctoral dissertation project which involved ethnographic fieldwork in Africa);
  • experience of teaching in a university department or equivalent;
  • fluent written and spoken English;
  • The ability to use technology in teaching (particularly the University’s VLE, Canvas, and the University Library’s Resource Lists system).

More details about the Department of African Studies and Anthropology can be found here:

Applicants should note that the department offers a Joint Honours degree in Anthropology. The programme includes compulsory modules on core anthropological theory and the ethnographic method; and optional modules in economic anthropology; anthropology of religion; popular culture; and kinship, gender and sexuality. Many of our undergraduates combine Anthropology with African Studies, although other combinations are also popular.  We are interested in anthropological and critical approaches to development, particularly in African contexts, areas which previous modules have successfully explored.   

To download the details and submit an electronic application online, please visit: For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Insa Nolte at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Email:

Likely date for interviews (TBC): 4-5 July

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