Lecturer in Theology and Ministry
Reference Number: 3362
Location: Durham City
Faculty/Division: Arts & Humanities
Department: Theology and Religion
Position Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £30,728 – 36,661
Closing Date: 11 March 2014
The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and education and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham.
In 2013, Durham University entered into a partnership with the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, to provide validation for a suite of higher education awards for ordinands, lay ministry students and others studying in colleges, courses and dioceses across England – the new Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission. A small team has been created in Durham to oversee the academic and administrative development of this partnership, led by Prof. Mike Higton (Professor of Theology and Ministry) and Dr Elena Martin (Quality Assurance Manager).
We now seek to appoint an academic Lecturer in Theology and Ministry to support this partnership. The appointee will work closely with Prof Higton to
- contribute to the quality assurance processes involved in validation of the Common Awards, and in any future expansion of the partnership; and to
- develop collaborative research activities, drawing on expertise from Durham, from the theological colleges and courses, and from the wider church and university worlds, in order to shape the future of theological education across the partnership and beyond.
The appointee will be a scholar with a record of excellence in research and education in an area of theology relevant to Christian thought, practice, ministry, and mission in the contemporary world.
Durham University is an equal opportunities employer and acknowledges a range of flexible working practices.
Job Summary and Purpose
Working closely with the Professor of Theology and Ministry, the appointee will
1) assist with the maintenance and development of the Common Awards partnership, by
a) contributing extensively to Common Awards quality assurance procedures;
b) assisting with the exploration of possibilities for the extension of the partnership to include new programmes and partners, especially ecumenical partners;
c) fostering close relationships between the Department and the theological education institutions (TEIs) involved in the Common Awards partnership;
d) contributing to the development of online resources for the Common Awards;
e) undertaking other administrative tasks in relation to the Common Awards as agreed with the Chair of Theology and Ministry;
2) conduct outstanding research in an area of theology relevant to Christian thought, practice, ministry and mission in the contemporary world, leading to
a) publications of international significance
b) high-quality applications for externally-funded research grants
c) activities likely to produce public benefit outside the academic community
3) develop research activity associated with the Common Awards partnership, by
a) helping to gather a research community around issues of contemporary Christian ministry drawing on expertise from the Department, the TEIs, other departments of Theology and Religious Studies, the churches, and beyond
b) helping to shape an agenda of questions related to the curriculum and pedagogy of the Common Awards, and to the future of theological education more broadly;
c) helping to develop specific research activities, including grant-funded collaborative research projects, designed to tackle these questions;
d) helping to develop appropriate pathways to ‘impact’ for this research activity, and appropriate ways of monitoring such impact;
4) participate in the supervision of research students (MA and PhD).
5) undertake other minor roles as agreed with the Head of Department, which may include some administrative tasks and / or some contribution to undergraduate or postgraduate teaching.
The postholder will be responsible to the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.
1) A PhD in a relevant area, submitted by the closing date or firmly to be submitted before 1 September 2014 (E)
2) A track record, appropriate to career stage, of outstanding research publication (E)
3) Evidence of a planned programme of research in a relevant field that is compatible with and will enhance the Department's research profile, and with the potential to secure external research income (E)
4) Experience either of Christian ministry or of teaching students training for Christian ministry (E)
Skills / Competencies
5) The ability to work collaboratively to develop high-quality research activities related to the Common Awards programme (E)
6) The ability to work collaboratively with partners in the Church of England and other churches (E)
7) The ability to play a constructive role in academic quality assurance (E)
8) Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written (E)
9) Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team (E)
10) Good IT skills, including the capability to produce online learning materials (E)
(E) - Essential (D) - Desirable
Additional Information & Interview Date
Guidance for written application
1. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in relation to the selection criteria.
2. A description (of up to 1,000 words) of your vision for the kind of research activity that could be developed in relation to the Common Awards, and of the contribution you could make to this activity; this may be incorporated into your letter of application or included as an appendix.
3. You should include a sample of your written work (5,000-7,000 words) with your application.
Please note the presentation/interview dates are to be scheduled for Wednesday 2nd April. At interview, shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation on their vision for Common Awards research activity, to a mixed audience of academic staff and postgraduates from across the Department of Theology and Religion.