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Head of Department, Professor in Educational Studies

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Educational Studies

SCHOOL: Institute of Leadership & Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) 

DEPARTMENT: Department of Educational Studies 



SALARY: Professor 48,114 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 53,229RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)



JOB ID: 995718



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has almost 15,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

ILEAD is a unique and leading centre for education innovation, development, and education of educators (degree programmes) in education globally. Its key customers include XJTLU students, XJTLU staff, as well as local, regional, national and international educational practitioners and institutions. The main business of ILEAD includes:

  • Pedagogical programmes (Postgraduate Taught and PhD degree programmes)
  • Support for XJTLU student learning
  • Educational and professional development for XJTLU staff
  • Global community for education innovation
  • Training and development initiatives for external educators and professionals in education sector
  • Research on future university (internationalization, learning and teaching, educational leadership, educational management). 


Applications are invited for Professor in the multidisciplinary topic of Educational Management with the Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

The successful applicant is also expected to take the role of Head of Department of educational Studies in ILEAD.


  • Experience in the areas of Educational Leadership, Internationalization of Education, Language Education, Institutional Change in Higher Education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a diverse and dynamic environment where cross team or department collaboration is encouraged


  • PhD degree, be able to demonstrate appropriate professional experience, have a track record in lecturing and also be able to evidence the ability or to produce high quality research publications.
  • Lecturing experience at postgraduate level would be welcomed, particularly on master degree programmes.


  • A strong track record in designing and delivering education programmes, executive coaching and management consulting for educational institutions and practitioners are also desirable.


Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s education, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must be comply with the regulations with the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas.


Please send your application to In the subject line write the Position you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference. 

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.  

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: ¥48,114
£5,494.62 converted salary* per month (with the opportunity to go to 53,229RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th February 2020
Closes: 30th April 2020
Job Ref: 995718
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