Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in European Enlightenment Studies
University of Queensland School of Languages and Cultures

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in European Enlightenment Studies

Job No:510217

Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

School of Languages and Cultures

The School of Languages and Cultures is one of the largest Schools of language instruction in Australia with over 52 academic staff.

The School teaches Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, as well as Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, to students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Studies, and the university-wide concurrent Diploma in Languages, the Diploma of Arts, and dual degree programs.

At postgraduate level the School offers a Master of Arts in in Applied Linguistics and two NAATI-accredited Masters programs in Translation and Interpreting (one in Japanese and one in Chinese). Staff research and supervise PhD students in linguistics, second language studies, translation and interpreting, studies in culture, and related fields.

About This Opportunity

The School of Languages and Cultures seeks a Lecturer\Senior Lecturer to engage in undergraduate teaching in the Western Civilisation major, focusing on European Enlightenment texts.

The Western Civilisation major is an interdisciplinary sequence of courses developed by academic staff at The University of Queensland. Taught in small seminars of approximately 10 students, these courses follow a ‘great books’ format and are designed to encourage close reading and critical reflection. As part of the Western Civilisation faculty, you will join an enthusiastic, collaborative teaching team that prioritises student experience and intellectual rigour. Teaching in this major will bring you into contact with some of the brightest and most engaged students that The University of Queensland has to offer.

Proposed courses consider the influence of Enlightenment ideas in literature, philosophy, art, politics and the societies they helped create. They also considers objections that have been raised against some of these ideas and what we think of these objections today

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching into the Western Civilisation major
  • Assisting in the teaching of the core units of the Advanced Humanities degree.
  • Advising Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students as required.
  • Maintaining a program of research, including scholarly publication.
  • Working with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of joint research projects across the School, Faculty, and University where relevant.
  • Fostering the School’s relations with schools, professional bodies and the wider community.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, for example a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

We welcome applications from individuals who demonstrate expert knowledge in an area of the European Enlightenment.. The position is open to candidates from any relevant disciplinary background, including philosophy, literary studies, history, and European studies.

Successful Level B candidates will demonstrate:

  • Completion of a PhD in an area relevant to the teaching of the European Enlightenment.
  • Evidence of undergraduate teaching experience in the required areas of expertise.
  • Expertise in one or more European languages
  • Academic supervisory skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.

In addition to the essentials for Level B above, Level C candidates must have the following:

  • A developing international profile for research, evidenced by an outstanding record of publication.
  • Experience in academic administration at a disciplinary level.
  • A track record in the production of course materials for courses at a range of undergraduate levels.
  • An emerging track record of applications for external research funds, especially grants and fellowships, and other research project funding.

For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.

The position reports directly to the Director of the Program in Western Civilisation and has a functional reporting line to the Head, School of Languages and Cultures.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for five years at Academic level B/C

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590.98 - $ 137,846.50, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 510217_Lecturer in European Enlightenment_PD.pdf

Our Selection Process

As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to teach a seminar to members of the academic community prior to their scheduled interview. Further information about the teaching demonstration will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, therefore video interview options will be available.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Alastair Blanshard at a.blanshard@uq.edu.au

For any questions about the recruitment process please contact; recruitment@uq.edu.au

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Applications close: Thursday the 4th June, 11pm

Interviews tentatively scheduled: Wednesday, 8th July

Advertised: 07 May 2020

Applications close: 04 Jun 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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