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Lecturer in Social Anthropology (Academic Education Path - AEP)

King's College London - Theology and Religious Studies

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 to £42,652 per annum, plus £3500 London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th June 2021
Closes: 2nd July 2021
Job Ref: 024930

Location: Strand Campus

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) welcomes applications for fixed-term position as lecturer in Social Anthropology (Academic Education Path, or AEP). This position is to cover for Dr Katherine Swancutt who is currently on Research Leave as Principal Investigator for her European Research Council Funded project ‘Cosmological Visionaries’.  The subject field is open, though we particularly welcome applicants who have interests in the global South, Asian or other non-Western societies, and/or in Black/minority ethnic experience within Europe or North America.  Social Anthropology, and in particular the Anthropology of Religion, is a key and thriving subject in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s. Anthropology is central to both of the undergraduate programmes in the Department – BA in Religion, Politics & Society and BA Religion Philosophy & Ethics – as well as to its postgraduate MA in Religion. You will have the opportunity to use your previous research expertise and expand your teaching skills at both levels.  In addition to teaching in Social Anthropology, you will be able to contribute to dissertation supervision at undergraduate, postgraduate and, potentially, doctoral levels. You will gain experience in being a personal tutor to students and in having an administrative role within the Department. 

You will be asked to teach modules, including but not limited to:

Undergraduate modules:

  • 4AAT1009 Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion
  • 5AAT2014 Religion in Ethnographic Perspective
  • 6AAT3801 Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation and Questions of Being

Postgraduate (Masters) modules:

  • 7AATC825 The Anthropology of Ontology and Religious Innovation
  • 7AATC826 Shamanism, Animism, Dreams and Religious Visions

This position is part of an Academic Education Path, which is designed to be particularly appropriate for early career academics who would like to advance their professional knowledge and skills by focusing on higher education. You will be expected to devote approximately 60% of your time to teaching, 20% to teaching-related research and 20% to administration.      

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies supports an inclusive culture and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students. We look forward to welcoming applicants from all cultures, sub-cultures and abilities, supported by flexible and varied working arrangements. We encourage applicants from all parts of the world and from people who may have been marginalized on any grounds covered by the UK Equality Act (2010). 

This post is a fixed–term 36 months full-time appointment.

This is a full-time - 100% full time equivalent – position.

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the Anthropology of Religion
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations
  • Making a contribution to TRS’ and King’s research culture
  • Personal tutorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Fulfilling appropriate departmental administrative roles

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in July. The selection process will include a short presentation and an interview.

To assist in the shortlisting process, please make clear in your supporting statement how you meet each of the essential selection criteria and some of the desirable criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience.  You may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

Please include, as part of your supporting statement, a reflection on your past experience or promotion of diversity and inclusion, broadly understood, and/or outline your ideas about how the Anthropology of Religion can be made more inclusive in teaching and research.

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