UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Literacy and Language Teaching Teacher Job

Location: Parcville

Role type: Full time; Continue

Department/School: Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Salary: Level E – $204,320 per year plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s No. 1 university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

About the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) fosters staff productivity, growth and engagement in a collective effort to enrich education’s contribution to society. We conduct research and teaching that leads to the transformation of the practice of education both within and beyond the profession. MGSE stimulates learning that enriches the potential of students around the world, enabling meaningful careers and profound contributions to communities.

We provide research leadership, setting the direction for high-impact, innovative and responsive research that addresses the pressing issues of our time. We lead a deliberate engagement with society, sharing our resources and expertise in collaborative efforts to build a resilient, equitable and sustainable future.

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About the role

The Professor of Literacy and Language Education at the University of Melbourne is in a unique position to shape the future of literacy and language teaching and research in Australia and abroad. They will have an international reputation in the field of literacy and language teaching, with a specialization in the field of English as a first or additional language, or in languages ​​other than English. The person appointed to this position will have an exceptional research track record, including a demonstrated ability to attract substantial research funds, and will have proven leadership qualities to foster excellence in research among colleagues.

Additionally, the faculty position will be the recipient of large competitive research grants, have a substantial publication record, and successfully supervise graduate research students. The literacy and language teacher will also have outstanding professional experience in teaching and learning, including recognized leadership in literacy and language teaching and learning. The position will provide leadership in curriculum, curriculum development and student support, ensuring a high quality student experience. As an experienced academic leader, the Professor will report to the Dean and have the vision and ability to help shape and build the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the university.

The Literacy and Languages ​​Professor provides academic leadership and strategic direction to the Literacy and Language Education (LALE) sister group at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The group’s work spans research, teaching and engagement in: literacy and language pedagogies; policies and curricula; education and teacher training; grammars and literary knowledge; and emerging literacies and pluriliteracies associated with diversity, mobility and the pervasiveness of new technologies and social media.

In addition to leading the LALE group, the Literacy and Language Teacher will also be expected to play a leading role on MGSE and University committees, and in promoting literacy and the teaching of languages ​​in public forums outside the university, both nationally and internationally. They will build relationships with professional associations, government and community organizations supporting literacy and language education.

About you

Superior communication and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to identify opportunities for collaboration and attract funding grants, facilitate communication between MGSE and key collaborators (such as industry, community , policymakers, government, and academic peers), and the ability to motivate, persuade, and negotiate with these organizations.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • A relevant doctoral degree.
  • Recognition as an eminent authority in the field of literacies and languages, with an outstanding internationally recognized record of innovative research and scholarship demonstrated by a strong publication record in leading international journals, research manuscripts, conference presentations, etc.
  • A distinguished career in teaching and a commitment to literacy and language teaching.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of international and national policy environments in education, with demonstrated ability to research and analyze global trends, and policy initiatives taken to address them.
  • Experience in bridging traditional disciplines and leading interdisciplinary collaborations related to literacy and languages, with a demonstrated ability to build networks effectively within the University and schools.
  • Proven people management skills and demonstrated ability to motivate and lead colleagues to grow and work collaboratively and effectively within a team, managing existing resources to the maximum while building capacity for the future ; and
  • Proof of ability to work in the transformation of digital spaces, for research and education.

To ensure that the University continues to provide a safe environment for all, this position requires the incumbent to hold an up-to-date and valid working with children verification.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages with disabilities and from diverse cultures are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, your resume, and your responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

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If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidelines and directives issued by the Victorian Minister of Health. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully immunized against COVID-19 unless an exemption order applies. All applicants must therefore meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Job Description : Job Description Literacy and Language Teacher 2022.05.06.pdf

Closing of applications: June 9, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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