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Assistant Professor in Anthropology and African Studies


As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 8, salary £42,149.

Fixed term contract up to August 2024

Role Summary

This appointment offers an exciting opportunity to join the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) in the School of History and Cultures at Birmingham. Anthropology is an area of growing demand in our undergraduate teaching and has long been a significant component of our international reputation for multi-/inter-disciplinary research on Africa. We seek a specialist to extend our teaching provision in social anthropology, with expertise in any region of sub-Saharan Africa or its diasporas. Candidates should be able to engage with debates about development and politics in Africa.

DASA is a highly successful Africanist research unit, with a vibrant graduate interdisciplinary intellectual environment. The appointee will be expected to contribute to this success and vibrancy with a commitment to high-quality teaching delivery at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and by participating in postgraduate research training workshops, regular Africa Talks seminars, and other events, symposia and conferences hosted by the Department or the School of History and Cultures.

The appointee will consolidate and expand our teaching provision, by delivering core undergraduate and postgraduate modules in our anthropology and African studies curricula. In the first year these are likely to include ‘Introduction to African Politics’, ‘Introduction to African Development’, ‘Thinking Anthropologically’, and ‘Livelihoods and Development in Africa’. The appointee may also develop new optional modules which will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students and will reflect their own research specialisms and cross-disciplinary interests.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the administration of teaching (e.g. by promoting and supporting the leadership of our taught programmes) and to assume a key departmental role (e.g. examinations, admissions) and/or other roles, as appropriate, in the larger School of History and Cultures.

Person Specification

  • PhD in social anthropology or a related discipline.
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching and assess learning.
  • Understanding of, and ability to contribute to, broader management/administration processes.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and support colleagues as appropriate
  • Teach and examine courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and encourage others to do the same
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Advise on the personal development of colleagues and students
  • Contribute to the administration of teaching across the Department/School
  • Demonstrate a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, admissions activities, Departmental/School committees)

It is desirable that the successful candidate also has the ability to:

  • Contribute to the supervision of postgraduate research as a secondary supervisor
  • Make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)

Informal enquires can be made to Janis Humphries, [email protected].

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote the appropriate Job Ref in all enquiries, alternatively information can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

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