Current opportunities at Melbourne


Job no: 0049689

Work type: Continuing

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department/School: School of Social and Political Sciences

Salary: $102,967 - $122,268 (Level B)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

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About the Faculty of Arts - School of Social and Political Sciences

The School of Social and Political Sciences is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia. The School has a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of Political Science, Criminology, Anthropology, Development Studies and Sociology as well as allied research centres providing a dynamic and rewarding environment for staff and students.

About the role

Applications are invited for four continuing (permanent) Lectureships in Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences, from 1 July 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The posts are equivalent to the rank of a tenure-track Assistant Professor in North America.

We are seeking applicants who will build on Melbourne’s existing strength in public policy with new expertise and research capacity at an exciting time in the program’s development and expansion. We particularly welcome applicants researching and teaching in the areas of public policy, public administration, public management, public governance and related fields.

The Lecturers in Public Policy (Level B) will be outstanding researchers as well as committed and engaging teachers who must be able to teach at the graduate level. They will have recognised expertise in public policy, undertake research resulting in high quality publications with leading publishers, with a record of, and/or strong potential for, the raising of grant income, be able to show evidence of an established or developing record of excellence and innovation in teaching as well as exceptional engagement and outreach skills. The successful candidates will make a significant contribution to the Discipline and the School’s research culture and reputation in research, teaching and engagement both by developing their own individual profiles but also as members of a collegial team of scholars working in public policy and political science.

The teaching portfolio for these posts will focus on the highly successful and well-established Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM). The incumbents can expect to teach into at least one compulsory, core or elective subject in the MPPM in addition to other teaching duties, which may include public policy subjects in the Undergraduate Major in Politics and International Studies. They will contribute to curriculum development and supervise student research projects at the honours, graduate coursework and graduate research levels. It is likely that some teaching responsibilities will be delivered intensively and in teams.

In addition to their responsibilities in research and teaching, the appointees will also be expected to foster engagement links with external partners nationally and internationally. They will be responsible for performing leadership and administrative tasks commensurate with the level of appointment and should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills.

The appointees will join members of the Political Science Discipline in the School of Social and Political Sciences. The School of Social and Political Sciences is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and the Political Science Discipline is home to more than thirty academic staff who undertake research and teaching in most of the main subfields of politics, including international relations, political theory, comparative politics and public policy. The Discipline’s location within the broader School of Social and Political Sciences creates an environment conducive to interdisciplinary research. The School also hosts a number of allied research centres and units, including the Policy Lab. Members of the Discipline have a strong track record in winning competitive grant income.

About you

The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in public policy, public administration, public management, public governance, political science or a closely related discipline. An outstanding record in research with a developing publication profile in relevant high-quality journals and publishing houses commensurate with stage of career. Capacity to attract international and/or national competitive research funding (e.g. research grants and/or consultancies). Demonstrated excellence in teaching Public Policy and related subjects at the tertiary level, including the capacity to teach high enrolment postgraduate. Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum, course design and innovation in the delivery of teaching, including through team teaching and in intensively delivered subjects. The ability to teach across a broad range of Public Policy subjects, ability to supervise honours and graduate degree theses, and to participate in supervisory panels at the graduate research level. Have a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the collegial environment and intellectual culture of the School of Social and Political Sciences, including the ability to interact positively with academic and administrative staff. Proven initiative in and commitment to identifying, collaborating and engaging with a wide range of external interests including public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits and communities on research and/or learning. Demonstrated capacity for the administrative work and leadership associated with academic life.

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