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Teaching Associate in Modern Christian Theology

University of Bristol - Faculty of Arts

Location: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £38,587 pro rota per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105614

The role

The Department of Religion and Theology is seeking to appoint one fixed-term Teaching Associate in the field of Modern Christian Theology, to cover the teaching and administrative responsibilities of Professor Gavin D’Costa, who will be on research leave. This is a fixed term 0.7 FTE role starting on 10 January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, through 10 August 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide teaching in Modern Christian Theology at undergraduate and M-level postgraduate, supervise undergraduate dissertations, undertake other teaching and administrative duties as appropriate, and take part in the fortnightly research seminars organised by the department.

The department of Religion and Theology at Bristol combines excellence in teaching with a lively research culture. Founded in 1965, it has a tradition of teaching and research in Biblical studies, Christian history and theology, Judaism, and Indian and East Asian religions, especially Buddhism. We currently have eight academic members of staff (two Professors, three Senior Lecturers, and three Lecturers) working in these different fields. We consistently attract highly qualified applicants to our programmes. We admit 40 undergraduate students each year. In addition to a Single Honours three-year degree programme, we run a four-year single honours programme with Study Abroad, and two Joint programmes with Philosophy and Sociology. We also run a taught Master’s programme in Religion with two pathways (Buddhist Studies and Theology and Religious Studies). The Department has approximately 20 postgraduate students and two research clusters: Buddhist Studies and Jewish/Christian Studies.

What will you be doing?

Teaching Responsibilities

The successful candidate will convene and carry out all teaching and assessment duties for the following two units:

They will also be expected to teach and carry out relevant assessment duties for the following co-taught units:

They will also supervise undergraduate dissertations and teach their specialism in related PGT level units.

Administrative Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to

  • engage in other teaching-related administrative duties as appropriate.
  • successfully oversee personal student groups and undertake pastoral responsibilities.

You should apply if


  • PhD in Modern Christian Theology or near completion of doctoral level qualification.
  • Knowledge and expertise appropriate to teaching areas specified at mainly undergraduate levels.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in teaching and scholarship
  • Ability to engage and enthuse students in both small and large group teaching.
  • Ability to provide effective academic support for students, including one to one.


  • Teaching qualification
  • Relevant teaching experience at university level.
  • Experience of working with an E-Learning environment
  • Experience of a range of teaching and assessment methods and willingness to explore innovative teaching techniques
  • Experience of unit coordination and administration related to teaching

Additional information

For informal queries please contact Gavin D'Costa on

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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