Early Career Teaching Fellowship (two positions available)
The purpose of the role is to work with Warwick’s Institutes for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Advanced Study (IAS) to develop interdisciplinary pedagogy (examples include, but are not limited to: open-space learning, the digital, medical or environmental humanities, education for sustainability and eco-pedagogy, wellbeing, innovation and entrepreneurship, community engagement, widening participation, humanitarian engineering and undergraduate research).
The programme supports a Warwick doctoral candidate in the transition phase between doctoral and postdoctoral careers. The Fellow is expected to advance the development of their research and teaching careers by designing non-modular pedagogic activities, and writing research publications, conference papers, job applications, and postdoctoral fellowship/grant proposals. The Fellow will engage with the interdisciplinary activities of both Institutes. The Fellowship is available on a 100% basis, and a 10 month bursary payment will be provided. As the Fellowship is full-time, holding other part-time employment in conjunction with it is strongly discouraged.
Taking guidance from both Institutes, the Fellow will develop a teachable project based on their own research with a view to experimenting with it in a series of interventions: examples of such interventions might include IATL and IAS events, Teaching and Learning showcases, and workshops on the Learning and Development Centre’s Open Programme. The Fellow will spend the period from October 2020 to July 2021 shadowing IATL staff, developing a pedagogy for their project, completing their learning and teaching interventions with IATL and contributing to the department’s student engagement projects (e.g. Student Ensemble/Emerge, Undergraduate Research/ICUR and/or the Student-as-Producer Programme). They will also engage with the IAS programmes, including the (Accolade) programme during which time they will maintain an ePortfolio and contribute to the IAS’s web-based resources for early career researchers.
The IATL/IAS Early Career Teaching Fellowship is open to Warwick students registered for a research-based doctorate at Warwick (excluding the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). There will be a competition in June 2020 for Warwick doctoral students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis for examination. Postgraduate doctoral research students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis between 1st October 2019 and 30 September 2020 inclusive are eligible to apply.
Continuation of the Fellowship beyond the doctoral examination is contingent upon successful completion of the viva (i.e. a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT a recommendation to resubmit/referral).
Candidates are required to live within a reasonable distance of the University, so as to participate in IAS, IATL and Graduate School activities, as appropriate. Candidates must be eligible for residence and work in the UK during their award.
Duration of Award
The two IATL/IAS Fellowships will be awarded for a period of 10 months, starting 1st of October 2020 to 31st July 2021.
Value of Award
For this full-time fellowship, the successful applicants will receive a bursary of £1273 per month (based on the 2020/21 Research Council stipend), with payment being arranged through Student Finance. In addition Fellows may claim up to £150 towards research expenses (e.g. towards costs of attending a conference) and £350 to hold a workshop activity. This expenditure must be agreed in advance with the Directors of IATL and IAS.
The Fellows will have access to hot-desking facilities in IATL as well as having access to the Warwick Library and Wolfson Research Exchange.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Sunday 31st of May 2020. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to an interview in June 2020 with the successful candidate being expected to take up the award on 1st October 2020. Postgraduate doctoral research students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis between 1st October 2019 and 30 September 2020 inclusive are eligible to apply.
Applications must be made electronically, using the IATL/IAS online application form. Completed applications will comprise:
- A completed application form received by the deadline
- A project statement of up to 1,000 words
- A statement of up to 150 words on how their research would benefit from/contribute to IATL and IAS.
- The CV of the applicant (The CV should be no more than 2 single-spaced, single sides of A4)
- 2 letters of reference emailed directly toIATL@warwick.ac.uk or submitted with application form by the deadline.
- Email of the applicant’s Head of Department and Departmental Administrator.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete with the academic references and reaches IATL by the closing date. Late or incomplete applications submitted will not be considered.
Selection Criteria and Process
Applicants will provide a narrative statement of 1,000 words (maximum) outlining the candidate’s proposal for how they would teach about their chosen area of research and their proposed use of the time and facilities available to advance their postdoctoral teaching and research career. Additionally, they should provide a statement of 150 words (maximum) describing how their proposed teaching and research activities would benefit IATL and IAS.
Selection will be made on the basis of:
- Academic Excellence (CV, two academic references, including one from PhD supervisor and one from teaching mentor) - the following will be taken into account:
- Previous teaching experience (including the facilitation of learning)
- Previous publication record, if any, arising from the doctoral research
- Length of time as a doctoral candidate
- Performance at interview
- Quality of proposal, including:
- Ambition and scope of proposed programme of activities
- Potential of the proposed programme of activity to advance the candidate’s postdoctoral career
- Feasibility (ability to accomplish stated goals within the Fellowship period).
- Applicant’s ability and willingness to situate his/her project within the broader interdisciplinary framework of IATL and IAS.
Applications will be considered by a panel of senior Warwick academic staff including the Directorship of IATL and IAS.
Conditions of taking up the award
Bursaries will be continued beyond the doctoral examination date only when the viva is successfully passed (i.e. has resulted in a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT to resubmit/be referred).
As the Fellowship is being awarded on a 100% it is expected that the Fellow will not take on employment that will conflict with being able to meet the requirements of the award. Any additional employment should be discussed with the Directors of IATL and IAS and their agreement sought.
Fellows should make best use of IATL, IAS and University facilities, for example through using the hot-desking and office space available in the IATL, ePortfolios, the Library and careers advice through specialist Careers Consultants. Fellows are expected to attend IATL and IAS on a regular basis, including the Accolade programme seminars (currently held on Thursdays afternoons) and to maintain systematic contact with the nominated supervisor(s) during the tenure of the award.
International students must ensure that they do not contravene the regulations of their visa and that acceptance of the award does not contravene any contractual obligations to an employer or sponsor.
Fellows will be required to submit a progress report at the end of February 2021, and a final report at the end of the award period in July 2021.
It is expected that candidates will acknowledge, in their workshops and publications, support received from the IATL/IAS Early Career Teaching Fellowship.