Education For Sustainable Development RA

Job Description

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to work within a multidisciplinary team across several of King’s faculties, developing teaching material in Education for Sustainability. The project aims to use an existing educational board game, Dilemma, and create bespoke versions of the game for a range of educational modules at King’s. The Dilemma game is a teaching resource for introducing a sustainability angle into any teaching setting, and for initiating a deeper discussion around sustainability and values thinking. As part of the game, participants would answer both fact-based quiz-like questions on topics relevant to environmental, social, and economic sustainability as well as debate value-based dilemmas for which there is no right or wrong answer.



Role Summary



This project will create game cards of both types to be used in seminars across at least five different modules directed towards different student groups, covering a range of subject domains, and integrate sustainability discussion into those.



Main Duties



As a member of the team, the post-holder will be working in close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and educators from several of King’s faculties. They will provide support in the creation of the teaching material, taking ideas and topics generated by the project group of academics and transform them into a form that suits the format of this specific educational game. The post-holder will be responsible for performing a literature review to validate facts that will be used in the game, and then to write proposals for questions, clues, answers, and debating dilemmas with consideration to word limits and graphical layout.



Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Person Specification



Candidates should be motivated, a team-player and be able to work on their own initiative. An understanding of, and an interest in, sustainability is preferable and you should disclose a description of you experience and knowledge in sustainability as part of your application letter. Furthermore, ability to use Excel spreadsheets, good writing skills and an ability to perform a literature review are requirements for the post. The candidate will benefit from the diverse group of highly experiences academics on the project team.



This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 3 months from June to August. This is a part-time post – 25% full time equivalent. A significant ratio of the work can be performed remotely but there will be a requirement to attend regular meetings at several of King’s campuses, so the post-holder should be based within easy commute of King's campuses. After the completion of the project in August, there is an opportunity for the post holder to continue in a TA role from September and onwards over the coming academics year, and an indication of your interest in doing that should also be stated in the application.



Both undergraduate and postgraduate King's college London students are welcome to apply, as long as they fulfil the requirements of the post. We are looking forward to your submission, including a personal application letter, CV, and/or module transcripts. Optionally, if you have experience that has specifically developed your knowledge and skills in sustainability, you are welcome to include evidence supporting this in your application.



Note that you will need to have completed a right to work check before you apply for this post.

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Please read all of this before applying - information on where to send your application is below. 



About the Role

We are looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) to contribute to the King’s Academy GTA Development Programme next year. This fixed-term role would be ideal for someone who has experience as a GTA who is interested in working with King’s Academy to support fellow GTAs and develop their own skills. This post may be particularly suitable for someone wishing to develop an academic career with a teaching component. The post holder will be a member of the King’s Academy team and work alongside other academic development and professional services colleagues to provide support to GTAs. The postholder will receive support and mentoring to develop their expertise in teaching and education. This would be a hybrid role. Office space may be available on the Waterloo or Strand campuses and some working from home may be possible.



Role Purpose




  • To contribute to the design and implementation of the GTA Development Programme.



Role Profile




  • To work closely with the GTA Development Programme Lead to design, plan and run events and workshops for GTAs.

  • To update existing and create new online resources for GTAs, such as on the GTA One Stop Shop KEATS page.

  • To work with the GTA Development Team to plan and organise events for GTAs, which may include workshops, peer teaching support and social events.

  • To develop own teaching expertise in line with the responsibilities of the post.



Application Process



If you fulfil the criteria, please submit and indication of your interest by sending:




  • a concise CV (max two sides of A4) and,

  • a brief covering letter outlining your interest in the post and relevant experience (max two sides of A4)



to Dr Sandra Takei at Sandra.Takei@kcl.ac.uk



Further Information

Interviews will take place on 20 June 2024.



Candidates will be asked to prepare a brief (10-minute) interactive teaching demonstration for the interview on one of the following topics: planning your first seminar, active learning strategies or developing confidence as a GTA.



Deadline: 13 June 2024



Qualifications

E = Essential; D = Desirable



Education / qualifications and training




  • A teaching qualification of any kind - D

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (e.g. AFHEA) or working towards - D



Experience




  • Experience of teaching in a university setting - E

  • Experience of using active learning methods in teaching - E

  • Experience of designing, developing and evaluating teaching - D

  • Experience of using virtual learning environments and other forms of technology to support teaching and learning - D

  • Experience recording and editing videos - D

  • Experience teaching in a health or science/STEM discipline - D



Knowledge / skills




  • Some theoretical knowledge of education - D

  • Excellent organisational skills - E

  • Good listening, communication and interpersonal skills - E

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with academic and professional services colleagues - E

  • IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook - E



Personal characteristics / other requirements




  • Ability to be punctual, reliable and professional at all times - E

  • A commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive teaching - E

  • A commitment to continued professional development to enhance teaching and broaden the range of teaching methods used, including the use of technology - E



Skills

Applicants must:




  • Have an understanding of the GTA role at King’s and completed some teaching on an academic programme (either undergraduate or postgraduate)

  • Be available to commit to a minimum of 0.5 days per week for 9 months (August 2024 to April 2025) and be present during peak periods (9 – 30 September 2024 & 13 – 24 January 2025)

  • Be flexible about working at more than one campus (primarily Strand and Waterloo).



Desirable criteria:




  • GTAs from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. However, we especially welcome applicants with teaching experience in a health or science/STEM discipline.

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Skills

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Qualifications

Undergraduate student



Skills

Language skills:



First Assistant: two European languages, excluding Hungarian



Second Assistant: Hungarian and English



Background in comparative politics and feminist politics

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