Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts in the College of Arts


Job Details


Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation


Reference Number: 015009

Location: Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building

College / Service: COLLEGE OF ARTS


Job Family: Research And Teaching

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: £33,943 - £48,327


Job Purpose


To undertake high-quality research and research supervision, to make an active and high level contribution in the School of Culture and Creative Arts in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Art History, and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

Contemporary Art and Curation is a vibrant area of research and teaching within the unit of Art History, which is supported by major successes in external grant capture and that attracts many international, EU and UK based postgraduate students. It is particularly active in its academic and research collaborations with academic and non-academic partners beyond the University and maintains particularly close relationships with the vibrant international community of contemporary artists based in Glasgow.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


1. To develop and sustain individual / joint research projects of international standard and demonstrable impact in the area of contemporary Art and curation in the unit of Art History within the School of Culture and Creative Arts, and to pursue and secure external funding for work in this area through successful grant applications to Research Councils and other funding bodies. 

2. To develop and enhance the research profile of Art History, the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the College of Arts in the area of contemporary art and curation, including maintaining a track record of high quality publications with demonstrable impact. 

3. To participate fully in the School, College and University’s research culture and to attend and participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences.

4. To be responsible for the supervision and training of postgraduate (Masters and doctoral students) in art history and to ensure their effective development in line with University and (where relevant) funder guidelines. In particular, to deliver high-class teaching to the MLitt in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art), jointly taught with the Glasgow School of Art. This will involve collaborative teaching with staff at GSA and creative input into the further development and expansion of this programme.

5. To participate in the design, review, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities in accordance with the School’s programmes, including the delivery and development of cross teaching and employability initiatives.

6. To participate fully in the assessment process (using a variety of methods and techniques) and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.

7. To undertake School/College level administration as directed and supported by the Head of School or VP Head of College.

8. To work effectively in co-operation with colleagues in the School, College and University as a whole. 

9. To provide student support at College level, normally through acting as an adviser.

10. To develop research and where appropriate teaching initiatives, which support the School and College Knowledge Exchange agendas.

11. To engage in professional development as appropriate.

12. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.


In addition, for appointment at Grade 8: 

13. To sustain internationally leading research activity in the subject area, including a portfolio of future and existing projects and publications.

14. To play a leading role in the planning, organisation, and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities within the School.

15. To play a lead role in the School’s ongoing development and review of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning and employability.


Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience




A1 PhD in Art History in the area of Contemporary Art
A2 Up-to-date research in the area of Contemporary Art and Curation which enhances and expands existing areas of expertise within the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the College of Arts
A3 A developing international research profile appropriate to academic experience


C1 Evidence of outstanding achievement as a researcher in the area of Contemporary Art and/or Curation
C2 Ability to demonstrate originality and innovation in scholarship
C3 Proof of commitment to research and publication, with at least 2 items of published research of demonstrable 4* quality
C4 Ability and willingness to provide quality and innovation in teaching and assessment on a range of topics taught within Art History, the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the College of Arts in line with current agendas
C5 Excellent communication and presentation skills (including high level of proficiency in English)
C6 Relevant IT skills in support of research, teaching and administration
C7 Self-motivation and ability to work independently or as part of a team
C8 Capacity to enthuse and motivate students and colleagues
C9 Time management skills

In addition, for appointment at Grade 8 - essential
C10 Track record of initiating, planning and delivering high-quality research and scholarship in the subject area
C11 Track record of teaching and supervising beyond research specialism

E1 3-5 years research experience of which at least two years must be postdoctoral
E2 Publication record and research profile which has the ability to enhance the standing of Art History nationally and internationally and which would enhance any future University submission to national research assessment exercise
E3 Experience of undergraduate and preferably postgraduate teaching in the area of Contemporary Art and Curation
E4 Experience of teaching in a range of HE situations (from lectures to small-group seminars)
E5 Relevant administrative experience (e.g. conference organising, student support, course administration etc.)
E6 Some experience and success in attracting external research funding
E7 Experience of postgraduate, Masters and PhD supervision appropriate to academic experience. Where academic experience is gained outside of the UK the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience may be considered

In addition, for appointment at Grade 8 - essential
E8 At least 3-5 years postdoctoral experience
E9 Experience in evaluation and review of teaching and assessment
E10 Experience of postgraduate teaching in relevant subject area(s)
E11 Experience and recurring success in attracting increasing levels of external research funding
E12 Increasing levels of PhD and PGR supervision, appropriate to academic experience. Where academic experience is gained outside of the UK the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience may be considered


Job Features


Planning and Organising
Participating fully in a team of research-active staff.
Researching and publishing work of the highest quality in appropriate outlets
Preparing and presenting applications for research funding
Planning and organising research meetings, seminars and conferences
Supervising postgraduate, Masters and doctoral students 
Supervising, where appropriate, postdoctoral research assistants
Actively contributing to University/College/School research strategy
Contributing to international and national research developments 
Providing leadership in designing programmes and courses, and in delivering teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Undertaking assessment and delivering feedback to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Organising knowledge exchange and outreach activities as appropriate

Decision Making
Decisions on research methodology and submission of grant applications
Decisions on placement of research output 
Decisions on programme/course content and teaching and assessment methods
Decisions on short-term and longer-term research objectives for postgraduate students
Contributing constructively and positively to University/College/School decision-making on research and teaching
Prioritising workload in accordance with agreed School/College strategy.
Taking responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal Relationships
Head of Subject, Head of School, Head of College and University officers to ensure that strategic objectives are met
Academic colleagues for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching. 
Research students/postdoctoral researchers to oversee and advise on research
Undergraduate and postgraduate students to optimise their learning
Administrative staff for exchange of information relating to delivery of research and teaching

External Relationships
Key researchers in the field
Key practitioners 
Relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations
Research Councils, charitable bodies and other external sources of research funding
General public/media
Academic and administrative staff in the Glasgow School of Art in connection with the delivery and development of the collaborative MLitt in Curatorial Practice. 

Problem Solving 

World-class research is a key aspect of this post, including solving research problems at the forefront of the field and the development of new ideas, methods and research projects
Resolving issues regarding research funding
Resolving issues arising in pursuit of research objectives 
Assisting research students to resolve problems regarding their research
Assisting undergraduate and postgraduate students to resolve problems regarding their studies
Resolving issues arising in performance of administrative functions
Proposing, imaginatively, strategies and negotiating alternative arrangements in response to strategic challenges in research, teaching and service


Standard Terms & Conditions


Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £33,943 - £48,327 per annum.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.


Vacancy reference; 015009, closing date 30 April 2017. 


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