Job Details The St Hilda Chair/Reader/Senior Lecturer in Catholic Social Thought and Practice Reference Number 3450 Location Durham City Faculty/Division Arts & Humanities Department Theology and Religion Grade Grade 9/10 Position Type Full Time Contract Type Permanent Salary (£) 47787 - 57000 Closing Date 6 May 2014 Advert To be appointed at either Senior Lecturer (Grade 9), Reader (Grade 9), or Professorial Level (Grade 10) Salary: £47,787 – £53,765 (Grade 9) or £57,000 plus – (Grade 10) Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, home to the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), is seeking an outstanding scholar-teacher with gifts for public communication for the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice (CSTP), the only such endowed post in a secular university in the world. The benefactors and partners involved in creating this post, and the University, jointly desire to provide a substantial platform for a thought-leader who will bring the critical resources of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition to bear on the most crucial economic, social, and political justice issues of our age. We are seeking a highly productive, deeply committed, energetic team-player who can define this unique new post and fulfil its immense potential. Working in close collaboration with the Executive and staff of the CCS, the partner bodies of the UK Centre for CSTP and, if appropriate, the Dean and key staff of Durham University Business School, the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice will conduct and, at Grade 10, be a recognised leader in internationally excellent research in CSTP broadly construed but with particular expertise in the analysis of global economic systems and/or related disciplines. Together with the recognised excellence of her/his scholarship, the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice will have proven excellence also in teaching and public communication. For approximately 20% of her/his total workload s/he will carry out significant practitioner-based research and outreach work both with the network of NGOs and church communities associated with the UK Centre for CSTP and, it is hoped, with UK political and business leaders and select global socio-economic policy fora. In recognition of this significant responsibility the appointee will not be required to take on other major administrative tasks within the Department, and will not be asked to serve as Head of Department. Summary and Background Durham University is seeking an outstanding scholar-teacher with gifts for public communication and practitioner engagement for the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice (CSTP); a highly productive, deeply committed, energetic team-player who can define this unique role and fulfil its immense potential. This newly-endowed post, made possible by generous philanthropic donation and situated in the secular academy, has been created: a) to focus internationally excellent academic research and teaching on the critical resources of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition in relation to the most crucial economic, social, and political issues of our age; and b) to contribute to a programme of practitioner-based research and outreach work in partnership with the member bodies of the UK Centre for CSTP and other appropriate individuals and fora. CSTP is here broadly understood but at the time of this first appointment particular emphasis is being placed on the need for significant expertise in the analysis of the global economic system and/or related disciplines. Background The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked first in the UK, while its teaching quality is shown in its consistently obtaining exceptionally high rankings in both National Student Surveys and independent league tables. Its strengths range across Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament, ancient Judaism, and Biblical languages), Christian theology (Greek and Latin patristics, the history and theology of late antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Reformation era, doctrinal and philosophical theology, and theological ethics), and the study of religion (the anthropology, sociology and psychology of religion). It also has Centres for Catholic Studies and for Death and Life Studies. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is beautifully sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham. The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), established in October 2007, is a unique entity: a major research and teaching centre explicitly focussed on the study of Catholic theology, thought, practice, history, and tradition in the heart of the UK public university system. Since its establishment, the CCS has enjoyed very significant growth and expansion and is currently pursuing further ambitious academic development goals. The aspiration is to become globally recognised as the most significant site in the world for research and teaching in Catholic theology and Catholic studies in the specifically pluralist, public, secular university system. The core staff of the CCS currently consists of: Dean and Director (Strategic Development & Oversight), Deputy Director (Academic Programmes & Outreach), Assistant Director (Communications & Student Liaison), Administrator, Development Officer, and the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology. In addition there are several post-doctoral Fellows; numerous active associate staff members within the Department of Theology and Religion and various other Durham departments; as also in partner institutions around the world; and a vibrant postgraduate community. This newly-endowed St Hilda Post in CSTP, which has been made possible through generous philanthropic donations, consolidates some long-term interests in political theology and Catholic Social Teaching within the Department of Theology and Religion: Prof. Robert Song, Prof. Christopher Insole, Dr Marcus Pound (CCS Assistant Director) and Prof. Paul D. Murray (CCS Dean & Director). The latter is currently serving as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to which role it is imagined that the St Hilda Post-holder in CSTP will contribute substantially and strategically. The establishment of the St Hilda Post in CSTP also coincides with the arrival in September 2014 of Dr Anna Rowlands as the Deputy Director of the CCS and Founding-Chair of the UK Centre for CSTP. As such, the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice will provide critical mass for a programme of academic work and practitioner engagement of world significance. CSTP is a broad field, variously focussed on analysing the most crucial economic, social, and political issues of our age in the light of the critical resources of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition and, in turn, contributing to the continuing development of that tradition. At the time of this first appointment, particular emphasis is being placed on the need for significant expertise in the analysis of global economic systems and/or related disciplines, encouraging applications from those equal to the task of creating systemic change through excellent research and strategic engagement in this field. As such, whilst being primarily located in the Department of Theology and Religion, it is anticipated that the Post-holder will also work closely with relevant colleagues in Durham University Business School. Durham University Business School (DUBS) has a strong research culture. In RAE2008 the School’s overall research profile in the UK top 20. The School has made significant progress since then to strengthen its research through investing in further staff appointments. It has also undertaken a major £16 million refurbishment to update its existing buildings, providing a modern and conducive environment for staff and students.The School’s diversity and international standing is reflected in the student intake (with over 160 nationalities), triple accreditation (by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS), and high rankings in the UK and Europe. As is standard for academic staff at Durham, the St Hilda Post in Catholic Social Thought and Practice will be expected to devote approximately 50% of his/her total work time through the course of the year to research and scholarship, including pursuing publication at an internationally excellent level, and regularly seeking and securing external grant income. For appointment at Grade 10, the post-holder will need to demonstrate an established international reputation as a research leader in his / her field(s). The post-holder will hold a full standard teaching load at undergraduate and postgraduate level, but in place of the normal management roles expected of a senior academic (20%), s/he will, under the auspices of the UK Centre for CSTP, work towards pursuing, disseminating and applying practitioner-based research in CSTP in association with NGOs, church communities, UK political and business leaders, and various global socio-economic policy fora. The Post-holder will be directly responsible to the Head of Department of Theology and Religion, but will be expected to work in close co-ordination with the Executive and staff of the CCS, the partner bodies of the UK Centre for CSTP and, if appropriate, the Dean and key staff of Durham University Business School. S/he will be entitled to apply for the Department’s standard one-term-in-seven fully paid research leave. Job Outline and Purpose The main academic functions of the post are: a) To conduct outstanding research leading to publications of international significance in the broad field of CSTP – particularly so in relation to the critical analysis of the global economic system and related disciplines – and to devise related research projects and associated grant/funding submissions. b) To act as an academic leader, particularly within the CCS and the UK Centre for CSTP, by means which may include: • presenting papers at national and international conferences; • developing and participating in national and international academic networks; • giving careful consideration to invitations to serve on national and international bodies providing opportunity for furthering the impact and profile of her/his research. c) To attract and supervise high quality research students within the Department of Theology and Religion and, as appropriate, Durham University Business School d) To contribute to undergraduate and Master’s teaching within the Department of Theology and Religion and, as appropriate, Durham University Business School, possibly including but not limited to: • collaborating in devising and delivering either a level 2 or a level 3 optional module in CSTP; • devising and offering a module within the MA in Christian Theology (Catholic Studies); • devising and offering a module within the Masters in Management (Business Ethics); • exploring further possibilities at Masters’ level, such as pathways in Political Theology and CSTP, and the development of distance learning materials • supervising undergraduate dissertations e) To give leadership in the public dissemination of the relevant work of the CCS through such means as: • the production of a range of publications (including, on occasion, writing for national Catholic and other publications); • giving careful consideration to invitations to address church bodies and church conferences on a national and international basis; • working in close association with the member organisations of the UK Centre for CSTP. f) To share actively in the life and work of the CCS through such means as: • regular participation in and contribution to the Durham Catholic Theology Research Seminar, the series of Engagements with CSTP, and other such lectures, conferences, and public events organised by the CCS; • participation in the twice-termly CCS team meetings and contributing to the process of identifying speakers for seminars, lectures, conferences and public events etc.; • maintaining regular communication with the Dean and Director of the CCS and the Deputy Director of the CCS & Founding-Chair of the UK Centre for CSTP; • taking the lead in scoping the rationale and list of speakers for major international conferences related to his/her own research interests and aimed at extending the profile and attractiveness of the CCS and the UK Centre for CSTP; • being an interested advocate for the development of the CCS and wider programme in CSTP and being prepared, on occasion, to meet with potential donors. Person Specification 1. PhD in a relevant area (E) 2. A track record, appropriate to career stage, of outstanding research publication (E). For appointment at Grade 10 this must constitute a very strong and sustained record of excellent, world-leading publications and established international recognition as a leading authority in the field. 3. Track record of excellent teaching at all levels (E). For appointment at Grade 10 this must include successful postgraduate supervision. 4. Proven track record of securing significant external research funding (D for Grade 9 and E for Grade 10) 5. Well-developed plans for a future programme of high-quality research in CSTP (E) 6. Excellent administrative and managerial skills (E) 7. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in both academic and nonacademic contexts (E) 8. For appointment at Grade 10, the vision and ability to provide academic leadership within the Department of Theology and Religion and the University (E) 9. Proven ability to establish and maintain networks with church and professional bodies, at both a national and an international level (E) 10. Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team (E). 11. The applicant’s research has the potential to shape the disciplinary agenda and/or create public benefit or impact in terms of individual or societal wellbeing or the economy outside the academic community (E) 12. The applicant supports and has an understanding of the University’s Research Strategy and Impact Strategy and can show how their research contributes to delivering one or both of these strategies.(E) 13. For appointment at Reader or Professorial Level (Grade 10) The applicant’s research has contributed to shaping the disciplinary agenda and/or has created public benefit in terms of individual or societal wellbeing or the economy outside the academic Community (E). 14. For appointment at Reader or Professorial Level (Grade 10) the applicant supports and has an understanding of the University’s Research Strategy and Impact Strategy and can show how their research contributes to delivering one or both of these strategies (E). Additional Information & Interview Information Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. Contact for academic enquiries: Prof. Alec Ryrie (Head of Department) + 44 + 191-334-3942 [email protected] Alternative Contacts: Prof. Paul D. Murray (Professor of Systematic Theology & Dean and Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies) + 44 + 191-334-3947 [email protected] Prof. Geoff Moore (Professor of Business Ethics & Deputy Dean of DUBS) + 44 + 191-334-5549 [email protected] The Recruitment and Selection Process: Please apply for this vacancy using the on-line application form. Applications should be submitted, including the names of three referees and a CV, by the closing date of 6th May 2014. 1. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in relation to the selection criteria. 2. A description (of up to 1,000 words) of the research project(s) you aim to pursue in the next five years should be included in your written application; this may be incorporated into your letter of application or included as an appendix. 3. You should include a sample of your written work (5,000-7,000 words) with your application. Please quote reference 3450 on all applications and correspondence. Assessment Method: When they attend for interview, candidates will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation on an aspect of their current or recent research to a mixed audience of staff and postgraduate students from the DTR and DUBS. This presentation will be followed by a formal interview.