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Head of Department and Chair in English

University of Liverpool - Department of English

Location: Liverpool
Salary: Salary Negotiable
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th January 2020
Closes: 28th February 2020
Job Ref: 015623

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of the Arts

The School of the Arts wishes to appoint a Head of Department and Chair in English. The role of Head of Department will be for 5 years initially and will be offered in combination with a permanent post at Professorial level. You will be a leading researcher with an outstanding track-record of internationally excellent publications and ambitious research plans for the future. Experience of winning major research council funding and/or a proven record of securing other sources of research income will be required. You will have extensive experience in organisational leadership. We would also expect you to demonstrate a track-record of innovation in (research-led) teaching. You may be specialised in any field of English. We particularly encourage applications from scholars who would strengthen and/or complement our current research strengths.

As Head of Department you will be reporting to the Dean of School. You will provide leadership in contributing to the on-going development and oversight of the School's strategic plan and the annual operation of the School. You will work closely with the Dean of School and be an active member of the School Management Team. You will be responsible for implementing plans at departmental level and will have significant responsibility for staff line management, including workload management and all aspects of staff development.

You will lead the development of the Department of English, refining and implementing our plans to diversify our programme portfolio and enhance staff research and collaboration. You will also have a key role in defining and implementing the research strategy for the Department, ensuring an outward looking research agenda with embedded opportunities for impact activity. As Chair in English, you will assume a professorial role in the School and will be expected to establish research and teaching contributions alongside the headship responsibilities.

In your statement we specifically invite you to set out your research agenda/plan for the next five years and to explain how you see your research activity contributing to the School's priority of maintaining and further developing our international research excellence. Depending on research specialism, the successful candidate may be appointed to the vacant King Alfred Chair of English Literature.

For informal enquires about the role please contact Professor Peter Buse, Dean of School of the Arts, or Tracy Mann, PA, on 0151 795 0563. Presentations will take place on 20th May 2020 and Interviews will take place on 21th May 2020.

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