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Chair/Reader in Educational Linguistics

University of Birmingham - Department of Education and Social Justice

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Competitive salary for outstanding candidates
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st May 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019
Job Ref: 14172

The Department of Education and Social Justice, within the School of Education, is pleased to be able to offer this Chair/Readership in Educational Linguistics. This prestigious post will be associated with the MOSAIC Group for Research on Multilingualism. The post holder will work with the Group in consolidating and taking forward the significant achievements of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism (2008-2018) in research, in research capacity building at doctoral and early careers levels and in research impact and engagement activities. S/he will also take a lead in developing new research of a sociolinguistic and/or applied linguistic nature in the field of education, taking account of the changing linguistic composition of current student populations (in different sectors of education) and/or taking account of the changing language and literacy landscape of educational institutions in the twenty first century.

You will be expected to take a lead role in driving forward the School’s research excellence and will have excellent leadership and management skills as well as outstanding communication skills. This appointment is strongly aligned to the School, College and University strategic vision.

Main Duties

  • To supervise and examine dissertations at postgraduate Masters and PhD levels.
  • To build on the established tradition of engaging in research in one or more areas such as, language-in-education policy-making; multilingualism and contemporary diversities in education; the study of literacy as a social and cultural practice; English-as-an Additional Language; and/or language, literacies and identities, adopting a sociolinguistic or applied linguistic perspective, and carrying out new research that is world-leading in character
  • To contribute to the development of academic leaders within the University, where appropriate.

Person Specification

  • Specific knowledge in one or more of the areas of educational linguistics specified above.
  • Expert knowledge of the complexities of practice in relation to education and learning.
  • Expertise in working co-operatively with external agencies and other research communities.
  • An established track record in research capacity building and in the support and training of doctoral and early career researchers
  • Leadership and organisational skills as demonstrated through the ability to inspire others, prioritise workloads and work autonomously as well as part of a team.
  • Ample experience of supervision of students in post-graduate taught programmes and ample experience of supervision of doctoral researchers to successful completion
  • Evidence of developing and delivering excellence and enhancement in design and delivery of teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate, which delivers research-intensive teaching that engages students and leads to excellent outcomes
  • Experience of conducting research and / or education in partnership with service users.
  • A PhD in a related field.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to thrive academically and make a contribution to a dynamic School, which is recognised globally for the quality of its research and programmes. We are happy to discuss flexible working.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Julie Allan, Head of School

Closing date: 30 June 2019                  Reference: 14172

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