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Assistant Professor – Academic English – multiple openings

InstitutionHeriot-Watt University
Job Typefixed term
LocationEdinburgh, UK

Job Details

Heriot-Watt University is a global university celebrating its 200th year in 2021. It has campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia. Heriot-Watt is Scotland’s most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

Development of the University’s Academic English portfolio is critical to successfully achieving international recruitment targets. A key focus is therefore delivering an attractive range of pre-degree English Language programmes – both on-campus and online – that meets requirements of our international students.

Our BALEAP accredited Pre-sessional courses develop students’ language and study competence to enable them to perform well on their future degree programmes. The popularity of these courses means we have opportunities for additional English for Academic Purposes Assistant Professors on our 6, 10 or 14 week summer courses.

We are seeking individuals who can deliver high quality teaching both on-campus and online and can facilitate an excellent student experience on the Programme. We provide expenses towards accommodation for teachers not normally resident within commuting distance of Edinburgh and opportunities for professional development through the BALEAP TEAP Portfolio scheme.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
– Teach Academic English, Research and Study Skills to undergraduates and postgraduates from a range of subject disciplines. Teaching focus will be on developing students’ understanding of Research and Scholarship in relation to English-medium university studies as outlined in the BALEAP TEAP Competency Framework;

– Prepare students for a variety of formative and summative assessments with particular emphasis on the research and writing text practices and processes required at undergraduate and postgraduate level;

– Maintain a flexible, creative and enthusiastic approach to teaching within the specified syllabus, course assessment and learner aims and outcomes.

– Demonstrate a keen interest in and awareness of the needs of international students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds;

– Mark and grade student work providing timely and regular individual and group feedback;

– Attend weekly meetings and moderation sessions with programme/course co-ordinators to ensure quality standards are maintained;

– Use and customise existing materials to ensure that programme aims and outcomes are met;

– Monitor and maintain accurate records of work and attendance;

– Use, engage with and fully exploit the university’s virtual learning environment (Vision) including the plagiarism detection software Turnitin;

– Attend and contribute to staff development and observation feedback sessions with a reflective focus on the TEAP Competency Framework;

– Support of the Social and Cultural programme by accompanying students on visits if needed.

Contract is 35 hours per week full time with 20 hours per week teaching in addition to tutorials, feedback and marking, record keeping, meetings and professional development. Applicants need to be able to work well under pressure and with minimal supervision as part of the English Section team.

For further details including the Essential and Desirable criteria, and for submitting an application, please visit our website and look at vacancy IRC29507.

Job Salary & Benefits

Annual Leave is 33 days pro rated for shorter term and part time contracts.
Staff can opt to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme; Heriot-Watt contributes the equivalent of 22.5% of an employee’s annual salary.
Free parking

Further Information

Recruitment is on a rolling basis and early application is requested. Although applications will remain open to midnight (UK time) on 30th April 2021, it is likely that most positions will be filled before then. To apply, please visit our website and use reference IRC29507 to find the position.
At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.
We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.
This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

Closing Date30/04/2021
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