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Lecturer in US-Caribbean literature and visual cultures

Requisition ID:  11721

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Sep-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 13 October 2021


The Role


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in US-Caribbean Literature and Visual Cultures (Teaching and Scholarship), for 9 months (fixed-term). The start date is 1st January 2022 and the end date is 30th September 2022.


You will have a PhD (in hand) in a relevant subject area and proven experience in teaching Black Atlantic literature and visual cultures.

The successful candidate will be expected to convene a third-year (sole-taught) module on “Caribbean-US Cultures”. They may also be expected to supervise taught postgraduate independent work. A record of high-quality research-led teaching in the area is essential.


About us

The School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics currently has 62 members of academic staff (53FT and 9PT) working across the fields of Creative Writing, English Literature and Language and Linguistics. 16 Research Associates and Fellows and 9 Professional Services colleagues work with us and, together with our 750 undergraduates, over 100 taught postgraduates and a similar number of research students, we form a thriving and highly motivated intellectual community, dedicated to excellence and innovation in research and teaching. Over 80% of our research was deemed ‘worldleading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and our teaching was rated as ‘excellent’ in the last QAA audit. The School has exceptional research strengths in Black Atlantic and Postcolonial Literature. Key research clusters include:  

Postcolonial and Black Atlantic literature

American literature


Fin-de-siècle and Modernism


The School was the first unit in our subject area in the UK to have been awarded Athena Swan Bronze accreditation from the Equality Challenge Unit, an award that represents our commitment to the advancement of equality and diversity. As a School, we recognise that different people bring diverse perspectives, ideas and cultures and that this diversity brings great strength. These values are reflected in our cross-period research strengths in decolonisation and issues relating to race, slavery, sexuality, gender, and childhood. Recent research projects and publications have made direct interventions on decolonising School and University curricula in ways that are shaping ongoing research, teaching and impact across and beyond the School.


The School of English is committed to offering mentorship to Early Career Scholars while in post, both by supporting them to achieve a teaching qualification (e.g. HEA membership) and by helping them to develop their research portfolio.


Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Jo Robinson, Head of School (jo.robinson2@ncl.ac.uk) or to Professor Neelam Srivastava, Subject Head of Literature (neelam.srivastava@ncl.ac.uk).


Key Accountabilities


  • Take responsibility for the role of Module Leader of a Stage 3 module on “Caribbean-US Cultures”.
  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning materials and activities to undergraduate students in US-Caribbean literature and visual cultures.
  • Supervise postgraduate taught students working in these areas
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the School and across the University
  • Undertake administrative duties as required by the Head of School
  • Provide personal tutoring and mentoring for students
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School/Institute and Faculty.
  • Integrate scholarship, research and/or professional activities with teaching and supporting learning, as appropriate.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Extensive teaching and learning experience at undergraduate level in Black Atlantic literature and visual cultures
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, and to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn
  • Evidence of research outputs in the field that are commensurate with career stage
  • Capacity and willingness to contribute to teaching, supervision and administrative work in the School
  • Experience of and willingness to deliver pastoral support of students at all levels
  • A commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in teaching and education


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with Academic and Professional Services colleagues
  • Ability to promote and ensure excellent relationships with students




  • PhD in hand in Black Atlantic literature and visual cultures (or related areas)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)


  • A teaching qualification (Higher Education Academy Fellowship or equivalent) or the expectation of completing a teaching qualification while in post


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11721