University Teacher in Creative Writing

The Division of Continuing & Professional Education invites applications from suitably qualified individuals, with a particular interest in adult education, widening participation and working with students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds, to teach on the following modules in the 2019-20 academic year: 

Writing for the Stage (Saturday mornings, 10 am -12 noon, Autumn term)

Writing for the Stage II (Saturday mornings, 10 am – 12 noon, Spring term)

The position is part-time. Each module is 10 credits at Level 4 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Modules comprise 20 teaching contact hours and 20 preparation / administration / marking hours.Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

This post is offered, subject to probation, on an hourly-paid, open-ended basis, subject to demand.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 6)

Date advert posted: Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Closing date: Friday, 30 August 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function of Post

You will design, prepare, and deliver teaching programmes, including preparing and supervising different modes of assessment.  

Job Description

  • To deliver teaching courses. This may include preparing teaching material, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical discourse to develop rational thinking; observing and reacting to student interventions; responding to questions outside class times and to contingencies in course delivery.
  • To carry out assessment for courses. This may include designing assessment instruments and, as required, criteria; marking assessments, ensuring adequate moderation; providing written/oral feedback; contributing to the assessment of student circumstances in relation to the assessment; and collating and providing final assessments of students.
  • To carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback; reflecting on own teaching design and delivery; and implementing ideas for improving own performance.
  • To carry out pastoral role for students such as acting as Personal Tutor. If necessary refer them to the appropriate authority for guidance.
  • To design, as required, teaching programmes for courses. Includes identifying learning objectives and selecting appropriate curricula; selecting teaching methods, resources and reading; determining, designing and producing study material; planning course delivery and planning for contingencies such as slower/faster progress than anticipated.
  • To carry out teaching-related administrative duties as required (teaching-related and administrative work is allocated by the Head of Department and various Committees through the Humanities Co-ordinating Lecturer).  
  • To carry out an administrative role within the department, or undertake other activity to contribute to the organisation of the department independently or with others, as required (teaching-related and administrative work is allocated by the Head of Department and various Committees through the Humanities Co-ordinating Lecturer).
  • In all the above, work closely with the Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with this grade or lower, as may be assigned from time to time by the Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.

Person Specification

It is CPE’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting the supporting statement document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with thevacancy reference number, e.g. 'Supporting Statement for: 8878BR'  If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Essential Criteria

1.     Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

2.     Ability to present complex information professionally to a variety of audiences.

3.     Evidence of or potential for excellent teaching skills (in particular course and lesson planning, group management, methods of assessment, and the use of technology in learning and teaching).

4.     Excellent organisational skills and ability to effectively manage and prioritise own workload.

5.     Ability to work collaboratively.

6.     Evidence of competence in standard office IT: word processing, presentations and email.  

7.     Evidence of appropriate knowledge in relation to the module and this area of teaching (especially dramaturgy).

8.     A first degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.  

9.     Previous teaching experience (preferably with adults in an HE context) relevant to this subject area of expertise AND/OR appropriate and applicable practical experience relevant to the module. 

10.   A flexible and adaptable approach to work

Desirable Criteria 

1.       Experience of and commitment to working with students from widening participation groups.

2.       Experience of making playwriting accessible to widening participation groups.

3.       Experience of writing, producing, and/or directing plays in a professional context.

Additional Information

The Division of Continuing & Professional Education co-ordinates, develops and promotes the University’s lifelong learning activities and provides part-time university level courses for adults. The programme is diverse and courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals whether in their personal or professional lives.

Writing for the Stage is a new module on the general creative writing programme, which will complement existing modules in professional practice, such as Scripting a TV Drama, Digital Publishing, and Novel Writing. Candidates will have the appropriate knowledge and experience to enable aspiring playwrights to format, edit and polish play scripts. 

Candidates are encouraged to explore the Division’s webpages for broader information (including the module descriptions for Writing for the Stage I and Writing for the Stage II) but are welcome to contact the Co-ordinating lecturer in Humanities, Dr Michelle Deininger, via email, if they have specific questions about the module’s scope.

Candidates may wish to consider the logistics of teaching and travel if they are not located near to the university due to the part-time, hourly-paid nature of this post. The division does not take part in the Research Excellence Framework exercise.

Salary Range Min. 33,199

Salary Range Max. 39,609

Job Category: Academic - Teaching & Scholarship

Grade: Grade 6 Hourly

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