Senior Lecturer in Language Education

Applications are invited for the position of Senior Lecturer in Language Education.

Language Education is an innovative and dynamic emerging field in Moray House School of Education and Sport. We are looking to recruit a Senior Lecturer with particular interest in promoting Language Education throughout the School in order to enhance a substantial team of transdisciplinary researchers and teachers, and to embed Language Education across a range of diverse programmes.

In our School, The Language Education Strategy sets out a vision for bringing together three key areas: language(s); (pluri) literacies; and interculturality. Each of those areas embraces a wide portfolio of research that is informed by a critical framework, including: pluriliteracies; first and second language learning and teaching (heritage, English, community, European and other languages); bi/multilingualism; English as an additional language; Content and Language Integrated Learning; Global Englishes; language policy and practice; student and teacher identity; Language Teacher Education; discourse; intercultural communication; TESOL; Applied Linguistics; technology-enhanced learning; and internationalization. The successful applicant will have academic experience at post-doctoral level in one or more of the above areas and will be expected to contribute to our highly successful Masters level teaching programmes, to the supervision of doctoral students, and to secure research grants through our Language Education Thematic Research Hub aligned with REF high quality research outputs.

This post will require vision and effective leadership in a way that is culturally sensitive and that reflects a commitment to social justice and the provision of high quality student experience. The successful candidate will contribute to the wider work of the subject area and the School, regionally, nationally and internationally.

This is a full time (35 hours per week), open ended appointment.

Salary: £52,559 – £59,135 per annum

Closing Date: 15th October 2020, 5pm (GMT)

Job Details

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Language Education

School/Support Department: Moray House School of Education and Sport

Unit: Institute for Language Education

Line manager: Head of Institute for Language Education

Salary Scale: Grade UE09 (£52,559 – £59,135)

Job Purpose

To engage in innovative, futures-thinking and strategic development in the field of language education to contribute to postgraduate teaching across a range of diverse and emerging programmes in the field.

To contribute to teaching across languages Masters programmes and to the wider work of the subject area across the School.

To play an active role in developing and promoting research in new technologies in language education.

To contribute to research in any of the areas linked to Language Education.

To pursue an active research agenda with an emphasis on international excellence and regular publication in high quality journals, and to contribute to the knowledge exchange and impact work of the School in line with REF guidelines.

Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

The post-holder will be expected to be involved in the following duties:

3.1. Make a major contribution to the vision for Language Teacher Education across a suite of Language Education programmes in the Institute/School by developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and the development and implementation of pluriliteracies (35%).

3.2. Provide vision and strategic leadership for groups of staff to develop a portfolio of independent and collaborative research activity and publication of high quality and impact, contribution to funding bids to develop and sustain excellent research and pedagogies of Language Teacher Education (30%).

3.3. Contribute to a developing vision with the team working across the suite of Language programmes, including Postgraduate Taught, Postgraduate Research, and Knowledge Exchange or Professional Learning provision to enhance the University’s reputation in Language Teacher Education, thus meeting the School’s strategic plan for the Language(s) area (15%).

3.4. Contribute to the development of a vision for Language Teacher Education with due regard to interdisciplinarity, Learning for Sustainability and Professional Learning (15%).

3.5. Undertake other activities as required by the relevant Head of Institute and Head of School. (5%)

Planning and Organising

  • The appointee requires an ability to assess resource requirements, secure and organise resources effectively; skills in managing, motivating and supporting people (students, colleagues); and a proven ability to devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment and research activities.
  • The post-holder is required to adapt readily to changes within University, College and School practices, policies and systems, and to encourage other staff in the School to embrace change to enhance the performance of the School.

Staff and Professional Development

You Will

  • Have the capacity to pursue academic excellence through a continuing commitment to professional and personal development. The capacity to act as a role model for educational innovation through teaching and research.

Problem Solving

You Will

  • Be proactive in bringing new ideas to pioneering work in research which will require strategic leadership and resilience.
  • Manage and resolve teaching-related issues, to do with course design, assessment, and delivery.
  • Plan, devise, and secure funding for research projects involving appropriate methodologies, partnerships, and strategies.

Decision Making

  • Have confidence in setting priorities and taking responsibility for decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond and pursue appropriate channels for developing Language Education research funding, and contribute to the decision-making relating to the appointee’s personal strategy for research and that of the wider team.

Key Contacts/Relationships

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and relate well to students and staff.
  • Be capable of effectively representing the work of the University in the field, locally, and beyond, in relevant networks and/or in public activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Needed for the Job


  • A Doctorate in Language Education or a related discipline
  • Research-informed expertise in Language Education as described above.
  • A portfolio of research activity and publications of high quality and impact.
  • Experience of funding bids that develop and sustain support for research in the areas described above.
  • An active interest in promoting and experimenting with digital and technology-enhanced learning.
  • Evidence of leading teaching at postgraduate level
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.
  • Evidence of supervising students at Masters and Ph.D. levels
  • Ability to present a high level of credibility amongst practitioners
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the wider field of Language Education
  • Ability to work well in a team with a collegiate attitude, respect, and sensitivity towards students and colleagues


  • Track record of applying for and obtaining research grants.
  • Ability to work across multiple disciplines and perspectives relating to Language Education.
  • A keen interest to enhance the international student experience.
  • Experience in teacher education/development.
  • An interest in developing Shared Learning Spaces – a distinctive multimodal and ecological approach to connecting learners across physical, linguistic, and cultural spaces.

Please, contact should you wish to receive information about the Language Education Strategy and the Shared Learning Spaces initiative.


There is a range of existing and plans for future developments in Language Education programs within the Moray House School of Education and Sport. For example, MSc Language Teaching has approx. 90 students and the MSc TESOL has approx. 250 students. The School is planning to launch an MSc in Language and Intercultural Communication in September 2021 and is considering a new Masters in Children’s Literature. There are also other related undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the Institute for Education, Teaching, and Leadership. Language Education accounts for a large proportion of its postgraduate students, and the staff is expected to contribute to the delivery of the school-wide research methods programs.

  • Job Context and any other relevant information

    The Languages Masters programs (MSc Language Education, MSc TESOL, and MSc Language and Intercultural Communication) attract a large cohort of international students with a wide range of experiences in teaching and learning. Research and teaching across these programs contribute a linguistic and cultural perspective to work across the Moray House School of Education and Sport at undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral levels.

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    Application Procedure

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    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for an interview or not.

    The closing date is 5 pm (GMT) on 15 October 2020

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    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE09 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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    The role is grade UE09 and attracts an annual salary of £52,559 to £59,135 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

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