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Stipendiary Lecturership in Philosophy

Job Description

Keble College invites applications for a Stipendiary Lecturership in Philosophy for one year with effect from 1 October 2017.  The successful candidate will be expected to provide eight hours of tutorial teaching per week (averaged over the three terms) for undergraduates in the three degrees involving Philosophy admitted to by the College: PPE, Philosophy and Theology, and Philosophy and Modern Languages.

In addition, the person appointed will be required to set and mark collections in Philosophy, and to take responsibility for the routine administration and organization of Philosophy teaching in college, for undergraduate admissions, and for the pastoral care of undergraduate and graduate students.

The appointment will be made on the Stipendiary Lecturers’ annual salary scale for this number of hours of teaching, from £17,368-19,534 (2016-17 rates, subject to annual uplift) depending on experience. There is also an academic allowance of £328. The successful candidate will be entitled to 8 free meals (lunch or dinner) per week when the College kitchens are open, and the use of a computer and a shared teaching room.   To comply with employment legislation the successful candidate will be required to provide documentary evidence of his or her eligibility for employment before starting work with the College.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Dr Edward Harcourt (e-mail: Further particulars are available from here and below. Letters of application should include a statement of the candidate’s research interests and teaching experience, as well as an academic curriculum vitae and the names of two referees.  Letters of application and references should reach the Student Administration Manager, Ms Penny Bateman, at at the email address above, by 12 noon 16th March 2017.  Candidates should also ask their referees to write to the Senior Tutor, c/o Ms Bateman at the same address and by the closing date.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


1.  The College

Keble College typically admits eight undergraduates per year to read PPE, and two or three per year for Philosophy and Theology.  Applicants for Philosophy and Modern Languages are also admitted from time to time.

Tuition in Philosophy is normally provided by an Official Fellow, Dr Edward Harcourt, and by a Research Fellow and Tutor (currently Dr Sophie Archer), assisted by college lecturers appointed on an annual basis.

2.  Duties

The purpose of this post is to replace Dr Harcourt, who will have a 100% buyout from his college duties as Chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to provide eight hours of tutorial teaching per week, averaged over the three terms.  Depending on their areas of competence, the Lecturer may be required to teach any of the Philosophy papers on offer either for the First Public Examination or for the Final Honours School in the three joint schools mentioned above, but the ability to teach some or all of the following would be especially helpful:

Introduction to Philosophy: Mill’s Utilitarianism

Introduction to Philosophy: General Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy: Formal Logic

101 Early Modern Philosophy

102 Knowledge and Reality

103 Ethics

107 Philosophy of Religion

Further details of the joint schools in question may be found on the Philosophy Faculty website,

In addition, the person appointed will be required to

set and mark collections,

  • participate in undergraduate admissions, including the shortlisting and selection of candidates as well as admissions interviews
  • supervise undergraduate theses (if any),
  • take responsibility for the termly organization of philosophy teaching in college, including advising students on subject choices
  • assist with the pastoral care of undergraduates reading philosophy, including attendance at the Freshers’ dinner, Warden’s Collections etc..
  • provide liaison with college Fellows in Theology and in Modern Languages over the organization of relevant aspects of the Philosophy & Theology and Philosophy & Modern Languages joint schools in college.

At present, responsibility for the overall organization of PPE – by far the largest joint school involving Philosophy to which Keble admits – falls to the Director of Studies (Organizing Tutor) in PPE, a post which rotates among the three constituent subjects every three years. It is possible that the successful candidate will be asked to serve as Director of Studies for PPE, though this remains to be decided. The College offers a reduction in teaching stint or an increase in academic allowance for individuals acting as Director of Studies.

3. Selection Criteria

The essential criteria for the post are:

  • Ability to teach Philosophy to 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-year undergraduates through small-group teaching;
  • Excellent knowledge of Philosophy, including a doctorate in Philosophy either awarded or submitted for examination before 1 October 2017;
  • Ability and willingness to serve in a variety of organizational and pastoral roles involving Philosophy within college, such as (but not restricted to) undergraduate admissions.

The desirable criteria are:

  • Experience of teaching Philosophy to undergraduates.

4.  Duration

The appointment will be for one year commencing on 1 October 2017 and ending on 30 September 2018.  If Dr Harcourt’s term as Chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board continues for 2018-19 there is the possibility that the lecturership will be extended for one further year.

5.  Stipend and Allowances

The appointment will be made on the Stipendiary Lecturers’ annual salary scale for an eight-hour lectureship from £17,368 to £19,534 (2016-17 rates), depending on experience.   The person appointed will also be entitled to draw upon a personal academic allowance of £328 per annum for research and/or teaching purposes.

6.  Facilities

The successful candidate will be entitled to eight free meals (lunch or dinner) per week at the common table when the College kitchens are open.  A shared teaching room and computer with printer will be provided, subject to availability.

7.  Pension

The Lecturer is entitled to be a member of USS.  A full statement of USS is available from the Accounts Office at Keble.

8.  Leave

The Lecturer is not entitled to sabbatical leave.

9.   Equal Opportunities Policy

Keble College is an equal opportunities employer.  Keble College will work to remove any barriers, real or perceived, which might deter people of the highest quality from applying to the College either as staff or students.  It is the College’s policy that no prospective, current or former student or member of staff will be treated less favourably than any other, whether before, during or after their study or employment at the College on one or more of the following grounds, save in so far as such treatment is within the law and determined by lawful requirements (e.g. a requirement for personal care by a member of the same sex): age; belief; disability; ethnic origin; marital status; nationality; national origin; parental status; race; religion; sex; and sexual orientation.

To comply with UK employment legislation successful candidates will be required to provide documentary evidence of his or her eligibility for employment before starting work with the College.  Applications are welcome from all nationalities, but candidates applying to work in the UK through the Tier 2 Points Based System should note that the salary for this post is less than £20,800. Further information is available at

10.    Applications

Applications should be sent by email to the Student Administration Manager, Ms Penny Bateman ( , not later than 12 noon Thursday 16th March 2017.  They  should contain brief particulars of the candidate, including a summary of career and details of education, degrees and other qualifications; experience in teaching, research or other employment; research in progress or planned; details of publications, prizes or awards (if any); and the names and addresses of two referees who can speak with detailed knowledge about the candidate.   Candidates should ask their referees to write directly on their behalf to Dr Alisdair Rogers, Senior Tutor, c/o Ms Penny Bateman at the email address above by the closing date for applications.

Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 8th May 2017. We expect to contact shortlisted candidates at least a week before the date of interview.


Your application, including an academic CV and the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent to:

Ms Penny Bateman
Student Administration Manager
Keble College,

Closing Date:
Thursday 16 March 2017