First listed on: 16 October 2020

Associate Lecturer in Political Economy 

  • Opportunity to contribute to outstanding teaching and learning outcomes in political economy
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time Level A or B, fixed term 2 years with a base salary of $76K - $128K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

This position is an education focused role within the School of Social & Political Sciences Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Education-focused is a specialised category of academic engagement reserved for talented educators with a passion for, and demonstrated excellence in, pedagogical practice and design. An Associate Lecturer (Education-focused) contributes to the teaching and learning efforts within a School/ Faculty while working with the support and guidance of more senior academic staff to develop their education proficiency. A Lecturer (Education-focused) is expected to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning practice, design and evaluation within the School/ Faculty and will be on a trajectory towards leadership in educational design and delivery. Both levels are expected to dedicate the majority of their contribution to teaching (up to 70% - or 80% by mutual agreement - of their academic workload allocation).

The Department of Political Economy focuses on the links between the economy, society and political interests. It deals with important challenges such as economic instability and uneven development, employment and inequitable income distribution, the globalisation of economic activity, and environmental sustainability.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Associate Lecturer (Education-focused) in Political Economy (Level A) who possesses:

  • a relevant higher degree in political economy or cognate social science (or four years of tertiary study or equivalent qualifications and experience) as determined by the Discipline;
  • experience in conducting original research and/or engaging in scholarly activity in political economy;
  • experience in teaching and learning in political economy, as evidenced by participation in team teaching and teaching in a variety of settings;
  • demonstrated understanding of the subject-matter within the discipline of political economy, and
  • a developing knowledge and understanding of contemporary pedagogical practice and design.

In addition, if applying for the Lecturer (Education-Focused) in Political Economy (Level B) position, we are seeking a candidate who possesses:

  • a PhD in political economy or cognate social science or other higher professional qualifications appropriate to the discipline;
  • a proven ability, commitment and passion for engaging in scholarly activities in political economy to inform innovative pedagogical practice;
  • deep and broad experience in teaching and learning in a tertiary environment, as evidenced by participation in team teaching within an established program and experience in teaching in a variety of settings;
  • demonstrated success in designing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives in political economy or cognate discipline;
  • a developing network of relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders;
  • experience in supervising or mentoring others and/or coordinating team activities, and
  • demonstrated capacity to stimulate, actively engage and educate an audience using a range of media.

About us

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is consistently ranked among the leading faculties of its kind, nationally and internationally.  Its mission is to conduct research and teaching across the breadth of the humanities and social sciences to make a difference in the lives of its students, staff and the broader community. It is made up of 6 cognate schools and offers a diverse curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Faculty comprises over 600 academic staff and 13,000 students; its senior executives include the Dean, 6 Heads of School and Associate Deans.

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Policy. It offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract the very best students from Australia and overseas. SSPS is the focus for the strategic development of the social sciences at Sydney with a view to us becoming Australia’s leading center for research and teaching in the area.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1185/1020F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 1 November 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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