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    http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/jobs Post Title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Creative Writing (Nature Writing) School/Department: School of Humanities & Cultural
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2009
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      Post Title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Creative Writing (Nature Writing)

      School/Department: School of Humanities & Cultural Industries

      Location: Newton Park Campus, Bath

      Line Manager: Head of Department of Creative Writing

      Rate of Pay: £34,435- £43,622 per annum pro rata

      Contract: Permanent

      Hours: Part time, 0.5 FTE

      Ref: 10/09/1366

      Closing Date: 12 noon, 11 January 2010

      Interviews: Anticipated early February 2010



      About the Role


      Set in a beautiful landscape, Bath Spa University is known for being friendly,
      progressive and creative. We
      are one of the country’s leading universities for creative writing and for
      environmental approaches to literary
      criticism. We are currently looking for a new member of the creative writing
      team: a published writer of
      environmental non-fiction and/or novels with environmental content.

      This is a rare opportunity to continue your work in an academic setting and use
      it as the basis for teaching at
      BA, MA and PhD level. You will teach established modules and devise new ones to
      extend the current
      curriculum, bringing your specialist expertise to bear. Some previous teaching
      experience is desirable
      although training and support can be provided if necessary. Critically, this
      role is about being able to apply
      your knowledge enthusiastically, in your contact with students and colleagues.
      Articulate and approachable,
      you will be a positive and constructive presence on this strategically important
      team, addressing some of the
      most important issues of our time. Above all, you will enjoy the opportunity to
      develop talented environmental
      writers of the future.

      Finally the successful candidate will be highly organised and willing to
      undertake administrative duties
      associated with the normal planning and operational procedures of the
      Department/School. We have
      structured this part-time post to allow you time to continue your own writing.
      Generous benefits are available,
      including nursery facilities, pension scheme, family-friendly policies and an
      employee assistance programme.

      To apply

      For further details on how to apply and our Guidance Notes for Job
      Applicantsplease click here. CVs will not
      be considered and those included with application forms will be removed.

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      JOB DESCRIPTION


      Post Title: Lecturer\Senior Lecturer: Creative Writing (Nature Writing)

      Post Reference: 1366

      School/Department: School of Humanities & Cultural Industries

      Location: Newton Park Campus, Bath

      Line Manager: Head of Department of Creative Writing


      Job Purpose

      This post is designed to contribute to teaching in the field of creative writing
      and the environment, on the BA,
      MA and PhD programmes in Creative Writing. The post-holder will extend the
      curriculum in this strategically
      important field, and contribute to the work of the Writing and Environment
      research group, both through
      publication and through taking a leading role in departmental, cross-university
      and external initiatives in this
      field.


      Main Duties and Responsibilities:

      • Teach existing and devise new modules in the field of nature writing/ writing
      and environmentalism.
      Teaching to a high quality at all three levels, bringing specialist expertise to
      bear.

      • Undertaking research and scholarly activity in relevant field and teaching
      methods, leading to
      publication and make leading contributions to departmental objectives

      • Administrative duties associated with the normal planning and operational
      procedures of the School
      and Department

      • Maintain and further develop links with local and regional agencies, relevant
      academic/professional
      communities, associations and employers to inform curricular design

      • Undertake recruitment, publicity and promotional activities in the interests
      of the School, Department
      and Institution

      • Ensure that responsibilities identified within internal processes, QAA codes
      of practice, HEFCE
      guidelines, etc. are met

      • To contribute to the range of other professional responsibilities shared by
      tutors within the Department

      • To undertake, from time to time, other related duties as required by the Head
      of School


      Additional Points:

      The successful applicant will be joining one of the leading Creative Writing
      departments in British Higher
      Education, and also a pioneer department in ecocriticism (literary and cultural
      criticism from an
      environmentalist perspective). The School’s Writing and Environment Research
      Centre aims to develop both
      fields, partly through dialogue and co-operation between them. It will also seek
      to develop co-operative
      projects with other disciplines in the university. The successful applicant will
      be expected to make a leading
      contribution to these activities.






      PERSON SPECIFICATION


      Qualifications/Experience:

      Essential:

      • Degree

      • They will have experience and evidence of either: a good record of publication
      in nature writing; popular
      science connected with environmental concerns; novels or other public domain
      output with environmental
      themes

      Desirable:

      • Teaching experience at HE level

      • Be prepared to undertake future training and qualifications if required, such
      as Certificate in HE


      Skills & Knowledge

      Essential:

      • Track record of high quality Creative writing to publication/ other public
      output (e.g. broadcast/ staged
      drama etc);

      • A wide knowledge of contemporary environmental issues, environmental writing
      and ecocriticism

      • To have credible future plans for publications in a relevant field

      Desirable:

      • An interest in creative writing pedagogy

      • Successful grant applications/ bid writing


      Personal Qualities:

      Essential:

      • Enthusiastic and dedicated approach to work

      • An articulate and approachable communicator

      • Positive contributor to team objectives

      • Strong interest in teaching


      Special Conditions:

      • This post is available on a job share basis. Please indicate on the front of
      your application form if you
      would like to be considered on this basis as well as whether or not you would be
      prepared to work on a
      full time basis if necessary.

      • The University operates a no smoking policy to promote a healthier working
      environment.


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