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Academic Talent

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Political Theory

The role

We are recruiting an outstanding candidate for an Assistant Professorship (Teaching) in Political Theory to join Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs during a period of major expansion.

Ideal candidates will have teaching interests in the broad field of Political Theory and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on post-1900 political theory in the areas of liberty, justice, equality and/or rights. We are open-minded in relation to the methodological tradition applicants come from, and are interested in applications from those with backgrounds in analytical, continental or non-Western political theory and historians of political thought.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the development of SGIA’s teaching and curriculum, while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution.

The successful applicant will lead undergraduate and postgraduate education, working with highly qualified students and an exceptionally diverse postgraduate community of over 200 people from 50 countries. You will pioneer educational initiatives within our degree programmes, and supervise individual student projects that create an outstanding educational experience that helps to make our students amongst the most successful and employable in the UK. Professional development as an educator is a priority for the School and the University, with dedicated support via a new Centre for Academic Development launching in 2018-19. Assistant Professors (Teaching) undertake scholarship that advances understanding of student learning and which contributes to the wider School, University and subject community knowledge of good educational practice.

SGIA is at the heart of Durham University’s expansion plans until 2026-27, by which point we anticipate having 50-55 core academic staff, up from 29 in 2017-18. SGIA aims to be amongst the world’s top 40 and the UK’s top 10 units in the field by the completion of our expansion, and approximately 30% of our core research-active academic staff will be working with advanced quantitative methods, linked to a planned University Centre for Quantitative Research Methods, due to be established in 2019. SGIA plans to be amongst the most diverse and inclusive departments in the UK, too. Our academic community ethos stresses equality and we will provide an environment that supports all its members effectively and equally.

Durham is consistently rated amongst the five most successful UK Universities. Durham is probably England’s most beautiful small city, with a World Heritage Site at its core featuring 11th Century Cathedral and Castle. The wider county has exceptional countryside, and Newcastle upon Tyne, arguably northern England’s most exciting city, is fifteen miles north. There are excellent transport links to Edinburgh (100 minutes by train) and London (180 minutes by train). Regional airports 40 minutes from Durham establish good connections to major European cities and key hubs for long-haul destinations.


Vacancy Reference: SGIA19-54

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