The University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies is now seeking to recruit a specialist in creative content, online and digital news journalism, with experience of managing digital and social media brands to the role of university teacher. This role will contribute across our professional practice programmes especially the MA Journalism Studies and our BA Journalism Studies.

You will have an undergraduate degree or equivalent levels of experience and substantial recent or current experience in journalism at a senior level, ideally spread over magazines, online, and digital journalism.

You will have played a key strategic role in the industry's transition to digital methods of newsgathering and publication and will be expected to keep in touch with developments in journalism practice and feed them directly into your teaching.

You will have ideally have experience of teaching in higher education and may have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification in teaching.

You will have the ability to make a substantial contribution curriculum development and be able to translate your experience into effective and innovative teaching.

Applicants with no prior higher education experience will be expected to undertake training and development in learning and teaching skills

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Design teaching programmes for modules, identifying learning objectives and selecting appropriate curricula; selecting teaching methods, techniques, resources and reading; determining, designing and producing study material; planning module delivery and planning for contingencies.
  • Lead, co-ordinate, support and contribute to the teaching team as a team co-ordinator or member.
  • Deliver teaching modules, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical discourse to develop rational thinking; observing and reacting to student interventions; giving appropriate academic advice.
  • Carry out assessment for modules, designing assessment instruments and criteria; marking assessments, ensuring adequate moderation; providing written/oral feedback; liaising with external examiners in connection with the approval of assessments, marking criteria, marked scripts and final marks; attending exam boards; and collating and providing final assessments of students.
  • Carry out module and overall course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback; reflecting on own teaching design and delivery; and implementing ideas for improving own performance.
  • Conduct personal research; identifying literature and updating own knowledge; assessing the validity of the relevant literature and its contribution to the development of own field.
  • Participate in faculty/school/departmental committees; contribute to LPC and wider departmental policy development through contribution of own specialist expertise; continue professional development.
  • Keep in touch with developments in practice in your area of expertise.
  • Supervise undergraduate and Master's level final projects
  • You will be expected to plan and prioritise your own daily teaching and administrative tasks along with participating in longer term planning through contribution to policy development.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests relating to teaching and supervision.
  • Undertake continued professional development and contribute to development of scholarship and pedagogy in the discipline
  • Undertake administrative duties.
  • You will make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in applied teaching and research, and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole. Further information on the underpinning values of the Sheffield Academic can be found at: Sheffield Academic.
  • As a member of staff you will be encouraged to make ethical decisions in your role, embedding the University sustainability strategy into your working activities wherever possible.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Salary is £41,526 - £49,553 per annum with potential to progress to £55,750 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution. To apply, please click "Apply Online" below.

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