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Associate Lecturer in Social Media and Society

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
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Role Description


The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint a full-time Associate Lecturer for a period of 2 years starting on 4 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, to contribute to the Department’s teaching programmes. The successful candidate will primarily be contributing in the area of social media and society at postgraduate level.


We are looking to appoint a candidate that can teach and support students in a variety of formats (such as preparing and delivering lectures, leading seminars and workshops, dissertation supervision and the setting and marking of coursework and exams). You will be expected to develop and apply innovative and appropriate techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. You will provide – with mentoring – supervision to students, giving advice on study skills and helping with learning and academic development.  You will carry out on-going curriculum review, including module content and materials and contribute to the development of teaching and learning strategies. You will also undertake effectively a range of administrative responsibilities.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • A postgraduate degree in sociology or related area (or equivalent experience).
  • A PhD in Sociology or equivalent experience is desirable
  • Detailed knowledge of the relations between social media and society sufficient to develop teaching and provide relevant learning support to students across different levels of academic ability; and particularly in the field of social media & society.
  • Detailed knowledge of research methods and research design
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of Social Media and the field of social media studies would be desirable.

Skills, abilities and competencies

  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • The ability to design and deliver teaching material in area of social media as well as experience in teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level or in an evidenced similar context.
  • Ability to supervise the work of students, provide advice on study skills and assist with learning problems
  • Ability to contribute to the design of course material, content and new teaching approaches in the department
  • Ability to manage and deliver own teaching
  • Ability to plan, manage, organise and assess own teaching contributions


  • Experience in teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate and/ or postgraduate level or in an evidenced similar context
  • Experience of using different delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students
  • Evidence of successful planning and designing teaching material

 The post is available full-time, on a fixed-term contract basis for 24 months starting on 4 January 2021.

Interview date:  to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact (Dave Beer) on (

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