Assistant Professor in Film (Education-focused) - College of Arts and Law -
Grade 8 - 98706 - (21000284)
College of Arts and Law
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Grade 8 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to
£50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587
Fixed Term until 31.08.24
Closing date: 6th December 2021
The Department of Film and Creative Writing (FCW) wishes to appoint an
education-focused Assistant Professor in Film with effect from 1st January
2022 until 31st August 2024. The post holder will have expertise in critical
and creative aspects of Film.
The Department of Film and Creative Writing is part of the School of English,
Drama and Creative Studies within the College of Arts and Law. The Department
is committed to creative and critical practice in teaching and research and
includes among its staff internationally renowned scholars and award-winning
writers. There is a strong PhD community, and the department enjoys strong
relationships with national and international organisations, regularly hosting
professional conferences, literary festivals and guest speakers. We are proud
to work with B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies on a range of
research and student-focussed events and projects that run throughout the
The School of English, Drama and Creative Studies (EDACS)
This is a vibrant and thriving school, situated within the College of Arts and
Law. It hosts a community of academics and students researching and learning
in all areas of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Film Studies,
Creative Writing, Drama and Theatre Arts and Creative Studies. It has
particular strengths in the study of Shakespeare both on campus and at our
Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon. Our undergraduate and
postgraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to combine academic
scholarship with creative practice through performance, film and creative
writing. EDACS aims to promote inter-disciplinarily and intellectual
collaboration both in teaching and research.
The successful candidate will be expected to advance the practice of teaching
within the department and take a role in leading curriculum development whilst
also taking an important role in student academic support. Management and
administration is likely to involve contributions at departmental and school
level. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to
knowledge transfer, enterprise, public engagement and widening participation.
The post holder should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students,
and is informed by discipline-based research.
The appointee will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing
and maintaining mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with
all staff and students, ensuring the way they carry out their role impacts
positively on how others carry out theirs.
You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:
contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal;
develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best
practice in the subject area or institution;
advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment;
deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional
advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school,
and play an important role in student academic support;
inform your teaching practice by discipline based research;
frequently update your subject expertise, and undertake personal
professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own
teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching
and learning processe
you may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of
students; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.
Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of
undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):
teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others
to do the same;
designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging
working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching,
learning and assessment;
using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and
developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the
design of teaching programmes more widely;
where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of
responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer,
enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar
on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability
and which benefits the College and University;
devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical
To contribute to Departmental /School administration. This may include:
contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the
where appropriate, leading and managing a team to devise and implement a
new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
making a contribution to administrative activities within the University
(e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement
developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer,
enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening
participation, schools outreach;
promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and
evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.
Contributing to an inclusive working environment:
pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their
activities effectively and efficiently;
demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities
supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation,
demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing
willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School,
Institute, and Departmental projects);
positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;
proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing
to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the
A higher degree relevant to the discipline area.
Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
Familiarity with documentary, video essays and/or other practice-based
Experience in the film, television, digital or wider creative industries.
Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.
Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate
approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar
activity that enhances the student experience or employability.
Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader
Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area.
Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity
legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups
and take appropriate action.
Interview format/requirements - Shortlisted candidates will be required to
attend for interview and deliver a presentation.
Informal enquires to Dr Luke Kennard, Head of the Department of Film and
Creative Writing, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.
Equal Opportunities The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunities
employer. The School of English, Drama and Creative Studies recognises that
strength and success comes from diversity and strives to maintain a flexible
and supportive environment that enables all staff and students to flourish.
Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and
welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to
discussions around all forms of flexible working.
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
: Academic Non-clinical
: English, Drama and Creative Studies
: 22.11.2021, 7:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description): Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis)
Advert Close Date
: 07.12.2021, 6:59:00 AM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.08.2024