Applications are invited for the position of Teaching Fellow in Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Education.
You will have research informed teaching experience in Higher Education within the subject specialism supported by relevant qualifications (a PhD, or close to completion). You will take responsibility for developing, teaching and leading courses and will contribute to the wider work of the subject area and the School.
You will enhance the existing staff-team by developing research-led teaching and by supervising research students at UG and PG level. You will contribute to the knowledge exchange and impact profile of the School by engaging in professional development and other events for external audiences, and where possible support our developments in distance-learning. An ability to take responsibility for organising and leading outdoor learning courses in local and remote contexts is desirable as is the ability to bridge the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).
This post is full time (35 hours per week) and fixed term for 24 months.
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum.
Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on Monday 2nd September 2019
1. Job Details
Job title: Teaching Fellow in Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Education
School/Support Department: Moray House School of Education
Unit: Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)
Line manager: ETL Head of Institute
2. Job Purpose
Teach courses across the suite of Outdoor and Environmental Education (OEE) and Learning for Sustainability programmes. Take responsibility for developing, teaching and leading courses and will contribute to the wider work of the subject area and the School.
3. Main Responsibilities
(Approx % of time)
Undertake course organisation and teaching on the three MSc programmes primarily (45%):
Manage and deliver elements of the Professional Development Programme (15%)
Undertake course organisation and teaching on the outdoor learning courses on the Institutes Teacher Education programmes (10%)
Provide UG and PGT dissertation supervision and marking (10%)
Assist the Programme Directors’ with the leadership and management of the MSc Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education, MSc Outdoor Education and MSc Learning for Sustainability programmes (10%)
Undertake any other reasonable duties, commensurate with the job title, as may be determined by the line manager (10%)
4. Planning and Organising
The appointee requires an ability to manage, motivate and support people (colleagues and students); and requires a proven ability to devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment, Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Exchange activities.
The post-holder is required to adapt readily to changes within University, College and School practices, policies and systems, and to encourage other staff in the School to embrace change to enhance the performance of the School.
5. Problem Solving
The capacity to manage complicated logistics and timetables is required.
6. Decision Making
The ability to independently make a wide range of practical and logistical decisions is necessary.
7. Key Contacts/Relationships
The appointee will need good interpersonal skills and relate well to placement agency staff, administrative and academic staff within the School. They will also need to be capable of effectively representing the work of the University in the field, locally and nationally, in relevant networks and/or in public activities.
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
Appropriate degree (normally a PhD or close to completion) supported by research informed teaching experience within the subject specialism;
Recent experience and demonstrated success in delivering effective learning programmes in a Higher Education setting;
A strong commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to education teaching and learning;
Evidence of a developing record of academic publication;
Sound knowledge of the current education context in Scotland and Curriculum for Excellence;
Evidence of administrative abilities and skills;
Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, online and face-to-face;
Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload both in terms of personal workload and team-related tasks;
Evidence of a significant commitment to personal and professional development in the field of outdoor learning and sustainability education;
Ability to work independently and collegiately on teaching programmes and administrative tasks;
Willingness to travel and spend occasional nights and weekends away from home as required;
Ability to deliver a high level of credibility to practitioners.
Course or programme management within a Higher Education setting;
Higher National Governing Body Awards in outdoor pursuits;
Experience of enhancing learning through digital scholarship;
A qualification in university teaching;
Ability to bridge the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography);
Experience of working in a formal educational context/formal school teaching.
The Outdoor Environmental Education Section at the University of Edinburgh hosts the longest running postgraduate programmes in Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education in the world. The work of the group is guided by a vision that is steeped in Professional Practice and incorporated into the School’s Strategic Plan. Staff on these programmes have a global reputation for their teaching, research, consultancy, CPD, and policy development. With a suite of three MSc programmes existing and a vibrant PhD cohort, there are around 100 students currently registered for a postgraduate degree in Outdoor Education, Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education or Learning for Sustainability, as well as numerous others enrolled in general teacher education programmes in the School. There are a variety of courses which make up these programmes and the content spans both the natural and social sciences. Ideally the post-holder will have the background and ability to contribute to both. However, relative strengths in one or the other can to some extent be accommodated within the team. There is a suite of primary and secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes in the School including PGDE Primary, PGDE Secondary and MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching. The post-holder will be required to teach aspects of Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Education on courses within this suite of programmes and provide strand leadership.
10. Job Context and any other relevant information
Moray House School of Education is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees and promotes diversity and gender equality among staff and students. For more information about family friendly policies please visit the University website at the following address: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly/staff
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The closing date is 5pm on Monday 2nd September 2019
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The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39,609 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
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