Lecturer in Political Economy (Education)

Times Higher Education


Job description

The Department of Political Economy invites applications for a fixed-term two-year lectureship in Political Economy (Academic Education Pathway). The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of teaching in the Department and have experience in research-led teaching that crosses the fields of politics, economics, and ethical evaluation. Specifically, we are looking for candidates who are able to teach a second year undergraduate module on Ethics, Economics and Environmental Protection, and to contribute to the teaching of normative political economy issues on our core Masters in Political Economy module – Key Concepts in Contemporary Political Economy. 

The department is informed by an inclusive interdisciplinary vision and welcomes applications from candidates who share that vision. The Department values diversity and inclusion and a work-life balance. 

The Department of Political Economy is a unique interdisciplinary enterprise located in the heart of London with proximity to both the world of politics and the city. Founded in 2010, the department is the only dedicated Department of Political Economy in the United Kingdom. The teaching and research recognises that the disciplines of Politics and Economics are inextricably linked; it is not possible to properly understand political processes without exploring the economic context in which politics operates. Similarly, sound economic analysis requires an awareness of how resource allocation is conditioned by political institutions, historical context and ethical values, and the way these have been understood by different traditions in social thought. In a world characterised by financial uncertainty, ecological insecurity and value conflict, the links between political and economic processes are ever more apparent and the need for a multifaceted appreciation of how they operate, has never been greater.

You will be responsible to the Head of Department. More information about the Department, School and Faculty can be found on the King’s website:

Department of Political Economy:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/politicaleconomy/index.aspx

School of Politics and Economics:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/schools/politics-economics/index.aspx 

Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/index.aspx  

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice, and to ongoing curriculum development.
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate dissertations 
  • Act as personal tutor to students.
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their leaning
  • Participate in and develop internal and external networks.
  • Engage in subject, professional and pedagogy research as required to support teaching activities 
  • Identify the need for developing the content or structure of modules with colleagues and make proposals on how this should be achieved

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.       PhD and first degree in a relevant subject (PhD submitted or imminent completion by time of application)

2.       Academic specialism in any aspect of Economics 

3.       Demonstrable excellence in and experience of university research-led teaching 

4.       Good presentational and communicative skills

5.       Good organisational and administrative skills

6.       Ability to supervise student research at BA and  MA

7.       Ability to provide support and guidance in the supervision and tutoring of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

Desirable criteria

1.       Administrative experience

2.       Knowledge and skills in curriculum development

3.       Interest in and experience with online, blended and distance learning

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