Lecturer in Pre-Modern Art

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 24, 2020
Jul 24, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
History of Art is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in pre-modern art with research and teaching expertise in art from any geographic area, c.500 CE to 1500 CE. The successful candidate will play a leading role in the delivery and development of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and will engage in the supervision of doctoral students. They will have an excellent research profile in the field, with the ability to produce exceptional research, further develop our collaboration with world-leading galleries and collections, and attract external funding. The appointee will also contribute to the administration of the subject area and the development of teaching and research across Edinburgh College of Art. We welcome candidates who will contribute to ECA's strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

History of Art at the University of Edinburgh is the second largest art history department in the UK and offers a rich curriculum spanning a diverse range of cultures including India, China, Japan, Islamic Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the US, and the UK. The department provides teaching and research excellence that probes issues of power, gender, labour, race, class, religion, and art history's institutional and disciplinary role in shaping the past and its responsibility to help improve the future. We especially encourage the applications of women and scholars of colour.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked in the top 20 of global institutions and located in the UNESCO capital city of Scotland, home to a vibrant arts scene rich in world-class museums, galleries, festivals, and striking architecture and surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Scottish landscape.

This is a full-time, open-ended post at 35 hours per week.

Salary: £41,526 - £49,553 (UE08) per annum.

Closing date: 23rd July 2020 at 5pm (GMT).

Further Particulars

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Pre-Modern Art

School/Support Department: Edinburgh College of Art

Unit (if applicable): School of History of Art

Line manager: Head of History of Art

2. Job Purpose

Teaching at UG and Masters level, supervision of research students, developing curriculum/a, independent research leading to outputs and grants, taking on leadership and citizenship roles in History of Art and ECA.

3. Main Responsibilities
  • Teaching of history of art at undergraduate level, and masters levels, including the supervision of dissertations and project work. (30%)
    At undergraduate level, teach into the MA (Hons) History of Art single and joint honours, and the MA (Hons) Fine Art programmes. Teaching on these programmes typically involves the following each year: a lecture series at pre-honours level (years 1-2); 2 seminar based courses at honours level (years 3-4); supervision of student dissertations and project work. At postgraduate level, teach into the History of Art programmes MSc and MScR programmes. In a normal year, teach a seminar based course at this level and also supervise student dissertations.
  • Supervision of postgraduate research students in history of art and involved in the supervision of research students at all levels. (20%)
  • Developing course content for teaching at all levels. (10%)
  • Research in the history of art, contributing to the School's research culture at the through high level publications, conferences presentations, exhibitions and other forms of art historical research.(20%)
  • Any other duties as required by Head of History of Art or ECA Principal

  • 4. Planning and Organising

    The post-holder will be required to plan and organise activities with a high degree of independence and responsibility. In relation to teaching, they will need to devise and deliver courses from first year undergraduate level to postgraduate research level, liaising with other colleagues, local administrative staff, and university level organisation to ensure regulatory compliance, appropriateness of content, and resource provision. Such tasks are largely devolved to academic staff, who are responsible for their timely completion. The post-holder will also be responsible for delivering a convincing programme of research. It will require careful planning, working years in advance to ensure research can be done, written up, and disseminated appropriately. The post-holder will also be expected to contribute in the department management and citizenship roles appropriate to experience and level.

    5. Problem Solving

    The post-holder's key teaching and research responsibilities will involve solving substantial problems around time management, resource availability, and to an extent, financial management.

    6. Decision Making

    Key areas of decision making include firstly, teaching: what to include in curriculum design, what to deliver in class, and how to deliver it: these will be routine decisions, but ones requiring good judgement and a deep understanding of the wider picture. On research, the post-holder will be almost entirely responsible for their development over the next few years: they will need to make critical decisions around funding, time management, and dissemination. On the broader question of the management of the department, the post-holder will be making decisions from the outset to do with the management of people and resources - these will be carried out in conjunction with the head of department, as is the case with other senior academics, but like their senior colleagues, they will have a high degree of decision-making autonomy from the start.

    7. Key Contacts/Relationships

    Head of History of Art; History of Art colleagues; students UG and PG; professional services staff especially those supporting teaching and learning and research; wider ECA academic and professional service colleagues; ECA Directors and other key leadership role holders; academic colleagues in other School in CAHSS and beyond.

    The post-holder will fulfil critical role in further developing our established close relationships with the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museum, auction houses and heritage institutions in Edinburgh and beyond.

    8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


    • PhD or equivalent in the History of Art or a cognate discipline
    • An internationally-evident reputation for high-quality, impactful research or potential to achieve this in pre-modern art, c. 500 CE to 1500 CE
    • High quality, peer-reviewed journal and monograph publications in this field (achieved or in train)
    • Experience in teaching and designing History of Art courses, or evidence of aptitude to do so
    • Demonstrable ability to supervise PhD students
    • Demonstrable potential to attract external research funding
    • Excellent teaching ability at undergraduate and postgraduate level
    • Ability to further enhance partner relationships with groups within the University, and with external organisations
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral


    • Potential and interest in contributing to broadening the curriculum to include underrepresented groups
    • Demonstrable success in winning research funding from external sources.
    • A knowledge of, and ability in the development and delivery of online and distance learning

    9. Dimension

    ECA consists of five subject areas; Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Art, Design, History of Art and Music. Within these subject areas there are over 80 programmes spanning undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research.
    The School's administrative divisions include the UG Teaching Organisation, Postgraduate Office, Research, KE and Outreach Office, Technical Learning Services and IT and Computing Services, with other teams providing support in web and communications, Estates, Finance and Resources, Student Support, Alumni Development and Events.
    Its student populations on its on-site programmes of study consist of c. 1,900+ undergraduates, 800+ taught postgraduates, and a growing number of students on Online Distance Learning programmes, and 160+ research postgraduates. Its UG teaching is also in high demand from elsewhere in the University.
    The School combines its large and diverse teaching portfolio with a similarly growing and diverse research portfolio, including recurrent external research funding. In addition to annual core budgets and general income of c. £19m pa, it routinely secures external funding for projects with a total financial value of c. £1.9m pa.
    ECA holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education.
    The Research Excellence Framework 2014 provided recognition of the School's research across 3 Units of Assessment, in all of which Edinburgh was ranked (on the QI Power Index) as 7th in the UK for Art, Design and History of Art. In Music we are placed 13th. Our joint submission with heriot Watt University in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning places us 2nd. Across all five of our Subject Areas, 100% of our research environment is recognized as either world -leading (4 ) or internationally excellent (3 ).

    10. Job Context and any other relevant information

    The School of History of Art has a longstanding, global reputation for its diverse curriculum and world-leading research, and we would naturally welcome candidates who are able to build on History of Art's traditional areas of strength. The field is open, however, to scholars with research interests in any area of pre-modern art, 500 CE to 1500 CE, and we would encourage candidates who are able to make connections between their research and other areas of History of Art expertise as well as with the art institutions and collections of Scotland's capital city

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV . The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 - £49,553 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

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