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Associate Professor in History (Ref:228)

Salary range: 
£42,792 - £54,131 per annum

Full time, permanent

The University of Suffolk is looking for an outstanding scholar to join the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and help drive our vision for being a leading centre for teaching and research excellence in the Humanities. This exciting opportunity is offered at the level of Associate Professor, on a full-time permanent basis.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is publicly-engaged and outward looking, with an emerging profile in producing world-leading and internationally excellent research that is distinctive, impactful, and of relevance to our communities and broader society. Our School connects – People, Place and Society.

Comprised of a large and diverse group of scholars, the School includes a range of subject areas including: Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Law, History, Politics, English, Social Work, Counselling, and Education. The School is a professional and collegiate group who have been proactive in establishing innovative programmes of study to serve the needs of over a 1400+ undergraduate and postgraduate student population.

Student experience is at the heart of everything we do at the University of Suffolk. We are proud to offer our students state-of-the-art facilities, including specialist spaces designed to enhance learning and teaching. Boasting an outstanding record of achievement in promoting student engagement in the learning journey, as evidenced by high NSS satisfaction rates, we have a clear ambition to be a leading University for high-quality, student-centred, research-led teaching.

A particular strength of the School is our Humanities provision and we are seeking to appoint an Associate Professor in History to support our current and future strategic growth in the discipline and Humanities more widely. It is expected that the post-holder has a record of achievement in research, teaching and learning, and administrative management to enable them to provide outstanding academic leadership. As a highly interdisciplinary School, the post-holder must embrace a cross disciplinary approach in how they work, showing effectiveness in building creative links to other areas of excellence within the School, especially English, as well as more broadly disciplines such as Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Law, and Education/Childhood Studies.

Whilst we welcome and will consider applications from all historical fields, a desirable characteristic of candidates is that they have a specialism within the area of public history and heritage. Candidates should have a national/international profile including a record of publishing and external income generation record appropriate to the level of the post and stage in their career. The candidate is expected to be able to make a significant contribution to our next REF submission and possess an active and entrepreneurial approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange. They should also have an enthusiasm for delivering high quality, innovative teaching at BA, MA and PhD level and, in addition to specialist teaching relevant to expertise, also be able to teach across a broad curriculum.

Additionally, the successful candidate must be a passionate champion for and promoter of the Humanities in public. It is expected that the postholder will provide leadership in the further developing the University’s Centre for Culture and Heritage, which is part of the larger Institute for Social Justice and Crime. They will also be pro-active in raising our profile as a University through external engagement with individuals and organisations relevant to our ambition to become a leading centre for cultural heritage and community engagement in the UK and beyond. In terms of the latter, of particular importance is enhancing our existing strategic partnership with the HOLD (Suffolk County Archives), as well as developing new and innovative links with arts, culture, and heritage partners across the Suffolk/East of England region.

The School is a collegial one, with an emphasis on mutual support and organised around the principle of working together to achieve the University’s strategic objectives. You must be a team-player, with an ability to nurture the talents of others to the benefit of the School and University as a whole. We offer a stimulating environment for an exceptional scholar, along with an excellent level of staff development and support.

If you would like to be part of the University of Suffolk community and share in our ambition, we would love to hear from you.

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 14th July 

We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce. 

We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.

Closing date: 
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 17:00

How to apply:

  1. Read the Guidance Notes and Privacy Notice
  2. Fill in the Application Cover Sheet
  3. Fill in the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  4. Attach a curriculum vitae and a covering letter setting out clearly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the post

Please return them as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachments by email to including the post title and reference number in the email subject heading.

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