College Lectureship in Classics

Stipendiary Lectureship in Classics

Lady Margaret Hall proposes to appoint a stipendiary lecturer in Classics for three years from 1st October 2019 to teach undergraduates for an average of six contact hours per week during term. The person appointed will be required to teach principally Latin language, Latin translation, and tutorials in some Latin literature papers in Honour Moderations and Greats. The candidate will have a strong background in Latin language and literature, will have some experience in teaching, and will ideally have completed (or be near completing) a doctorate by the time of employment

The salary will be on the Senior Tutors’ scale for stipendiary lecturers, (£13,513 – £15,198 for six hours at 2018/19 rates). The successful candidate will also receive some free meals and a research allowance. A shared teaching room will be provided. The closing date for completed applications and references is noon on Friday 28th June 2019. Interviews will be held on Monday 15th July 2019.

 

Further Particulars

  1. General

Lady Margaret Hall wishes to appoint a 6-hour stipendiary lecturer to provide teaching in Latin language and literature from 1st October 2019 for three years. To find out more about the College, please see our website www.lmh.ox.ac.uk.

  1. Nature of Appointment

The post is to cover a teaching need in Latin language and literature in the College. The lecturer will undertake teaching for an average of 6 contact hours per week during term time (averaged across the year) to undergraduates reading Classics-related degrees. The successful candidate should be able to undertake most of the teaching in Latin language and literature for Classical ‘Mods’ and to teach at least two Latin literature papers in ‘Greats’. (S)he will also be expected to teach relevant papers in Classics & English and Classics & Modern Language, and (where needed) to provide language support to students reading Classical Archaeology & Ancient History and Ancient & Modern History. The candidate will have a strong background in Latin language and literature, will have some experience in teaching, and ideally will have completed (or be near completing) a doctorate by the time of employment.

  1. Background and Duties

LMH has a strong tradition in Classics. It has a large undergraduate school with a record of high undergraduate achievement. The College has three Fellows in Classics: Dr Amin Benaissa, Fellow in Classical Languages & Literature; Prof Christina Kuhn, Fellow in Ancient History; and Prof Dominic Scott, Fellow in Ancient Philosophy. Each year, the College expects to admit 4 or 5 students in Literae Humaniores, 1 or 2 in Classics & English and/or Classics & Modern Languages, 2 in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, and 2 in Ancient & Modern History. For further details on the different courses on offer at LMH, see https://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/courses.

In addition to teaching, the lecturer will be expected to help, as required, with related administrative and pastoral duties. This will include serving as Personal Tutor to undergraduates, helping to organise their tuition, to monitor their progress and to provide general pastoral support. The post will also involve the setting and marking of collections (termly college examinations) and completing tutorial reports on the OxCORT system.

The lecturer will take part in the annual undergraduate admissions exercise in December, which includes interviewing applicants. Training in admissions interviewing is required, and will be provided, if the lecturer has not already undertaken the training. It is hoped that the lecturer will become an active member of the College community and participate fully in the life of the College.

The lecturer will work under the direction of the Classics Fellow (Dr Amin Benaissa) and the Senior Tutor Dr Anne Mullen.

  1. Salary and Emoluments

Salary will be on the Senior Tutors’ scale for stipendiary lecturers, i.e. a salary (£13,513 – £15,198 for 6 hours at 2018/19 rates). The post is superannuated within the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).  A research allowance of £306 per annum will be reimbursed on submission of receipts to the Senior Tutor. The lecturer will be entitled to a shared office in College for teaching and study purposes (until the end of Trinity term) and will be eligible for election to membership of the Senior Common Room. The lecturer will be entitled to free lunches without charge during full term (this includes Week 0 and Week 9) and one free dinner per week during term. If the lecturer joins the SCR, other meals outside term may be taken if paid for (all drinks and formal desserts must be paid for).

There is no entitlement to sabbatical leave.

  1. Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have:

  • The ability to be an effective and inspiring teacher in the tutorial context. Direct experience of tutorial teaching will be an advantage.
  • The ability to teach Vergil’s Aeneid, the Latin half of Texts & Contexts, and at least two papers in the Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores (‘Greats’), one of which must be Latin Core.
  • The ability to teach Latin language, translation (prepared and unprepared), and prose composition.
  • An understanding of the needs of high achieving undergraduates, and a commitment to fostering high academic achievement in undergraduates.
  • A high level of academic achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career stage).
  • Good communication skills, and sensitivity to deal effectively with pastoral duties.
  • Enthusiasm for involvement with the wider life of the College and the potential to contribute to the intellectual community.
  • Good research achievement or potential. 
  • Willingness to participate in the administrative and pastoral duties carried by the role.
  1. Method of Application

Applications should include a covering letter as well as a curriculum vitae. The application should include the following information:

(a) A list of the Papers (i.e. courses) the applicant is willing and able to teach. (Course handbooks with details of the relevant papers are available online via:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/guidance/undergraduate/handbooks.)

(b) Details of any previous teaching experience.

(c) A list of published work (if applicable) and a brief description of current research plans.

(d) The names and addresses of two referees, who should be asked by the candidate to write directly to Ms Casey Charlesworth by the closing date for applications, i.e. 28th June 2019, 12pm. References may be sent by email from an institutional email address.

Please note that any personal data submitted to Lady Margaret Hall as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation. For further information, please see the LMH Privacy Notice at: https://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/privacy-notice

The application may also include an equal opportunities monitoring form (optional).

Applications should be sent by email to Ms Casey Charlesworth at academic-recruitment@lmh.ox.ac.uk, to arrive no later than noon on 28th June 2019.

All applicants will be sent an emailed confirmation of receipt of their application as soon as possible after it arrives.  This will be sent to the email address given in the application unless specified otherwise by the applicant. Please state clearly in your application if email communication is problematic for you.

Interviews will be held on 15th July 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email. All reasonable interview expenses will be reimbursed; if these will be more than £100 please agree the expenditure in advance with the Senior Tutor at LMH (senior.tutor@lmh.ox.ac.uk). Candidates shortlisted for interview should submit one piece of written work (no longer than 6,000 words) and will be asked to give a short presentation of 10 minutes on a teaching topic suitable for undergraduate students as part of the interview process.

Issued by the HR Office

May 2019