Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at University of Glasgow

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Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature
University of Glasgow – School of Critical Studies
Salary: £42,418 to £49,149
Hours: Full-Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closes: 7 May 2018
Job Ref: 020893

Job Purpose

To undertake high-quality research and research supervision in Fantasy and Children’s Literature within English Literature in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in English Literature and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

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The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £34,520 – £38,833 / £42,418 – £49,149 per annum, depending on experience.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies. Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

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Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Children’s/Young Adult Literature at Miami University

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Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in Children’s/Young Adult Literature
Miami University, Oxford, OH, United States
Department: English
Division: Academic Affairs
Posting Date: 03/11/2018

Job Description Summary:

Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor in Children’s/Young Adult Literature with expertise in multiethnic children’s literature or children’s literature from a global perspective.

Duties/Physical Demands:

Teach a full load of courses in children’s literature, an introduction to literary & cultural studies, advanced composition, and other literature surveys as needed in area of expertise; and provide departmental committee and program service.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor), MA, MFA, or ABD (for appointment as Visiting Instructor) in English, Creative Writing or related field; record of scholarly achievement; demonstrated excellence in the teaching of literature.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to teach in the following areas: 17th-, 18th- or 19th-century British literature, Latinx literature, ethnic literatures, or children’s/young adult film.

Duration: 9 months

For Inquiries for Posting, Contact: Katie Johnson, johnso33@miamioh.edu

Date to Begin Screening: 03/19/2018

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Other, Writing Sample

Special Instructions to Applicant: Teaching portfolio (submitted as “other” document) should include: teaching statement, course evaluations, and sample syllabi.

Online application: https://www.higheredjobs.com/clickthru/redirect.cfm?JobCode=176678609

Lecturer in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Lecturer (Writing for Children and Young Adults)
Manchester Metropolitan University

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a unique environment where Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences sit alongside the Manchester School of Art and the Manchester Fashion Institute. Student experience is at the heart of everything we do. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities, including digital and technical workshops, studios and gallery spaces designed to enhance learning and collaboration.

The Department of English seeks to appoint a lecturer in writing for children and young adults. The post is suitable for you if you write creatively for young people in any medium, produce scholarly research on writing for children and young adults or do both. We welcome applications from candidates with experience of or a demonstrable interest in collaborative Youth Studies research which links English with disciplines such as Education, Sociology or Linguistics. We would also welcome your application if you have experience of or a demonstrable interest in working with children and young people as part of their creative and/or scholarly research.

This post will align closely with the work of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), a cross-disciplinary research centre which aims to be a centre of expertise for the use of participatory research with children and young people. Established in 2014, MCYS is located in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and has, over the last three years, generated over £800,000 of external income developing research and knowledge exchange projects that mobilise participatory methodologies. This income has come from a range of prestigious and ground-breaking research projects funded by the ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme and government bodies (http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/mcys/).

The Department of English fosters a rich and diverse research culture in both critical scholarship and creative writing. It hosts a large undergraduate single honours English programme, and smaller joint honours programmes in English and American Literature, English and Creative Writing and English and Film, whose core units are taught by specialists in each area. The Department runs highly successful MA programmes in Creative Writing and English Studies and has the largest community of taught postgraduate English and Creative Writing students in the UK. The department is home to the Manchester Writing School, run under the creative direction of UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

You will to have a doctoral level qualification in a relevant area OR an established professional reputation as a writer of children’s and/or young adult literature, as evidenced in national broadcast media appearances, national broadsheet and literary press reviews, or major literary prize success. You will also need to have a track record of publishing high quality creative or critical research outputs which meet or exceed the 3* quality standard set by the Research Excellence Framework. The anticipated start date for the successful applicant is July 2018.

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact, Dr Jess Edwards, Head of the Department of English (J.Edwards@mmu.ac.uk) and, Prof. Hannah Smithson (h.l.smithson@mmu.ac.uk) Head of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.

If you would like to join our people and share our ambition, we would love to hear from you.

For more information about the position: https://manmetjobs.mmu.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/lecturer-writing-for-children-and-young-adults-0333-mmu-all-saints-campus/350/description/ajaxaction/downloadfile/?id=6876&pagestamp=006721be-faaf-4db7-ae30-73d58c6cb3a8

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Call for Postdoctoral Research Fellow – York University and CultureLink Settlement and Community Services

York University LogoWe are inviting applications for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship as a part of a collaboration between the Children’s Studies program at York University and CultureLink Settlement and Community Services of Toronto. Our project explores the wellbeing and integrative impacts of children’s participation in choirs for newcomers to Canada. The choirs are being facilitated through CultureLink and take place across the GTA. The project is framed through the field of ethnomusicology and requires ethnographic field research across disciplines. Field research will focus on work with children and young people across the GTA who participate in the CultureLink choirs.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to spend 50% of the time with the partner organization (CultureLink) and 50% working on the project at York University. Additional teaching and funding may become available over the course of the 3-year position. The postdoctoral research fellow will be expected to travel throughout the GTA to work with children and young people at several locations.

The postdoctoral position is funded through SSHRC, Mitacs, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The position at this stage is considered part-time but additional funding and teaching may contribute to the salary over the course of the position.

Applicants must have a PhD in a field related broadly to the Social Science and Humanities. The applicant must also speak fluent Arabic.

Other desired skills: a musical background (desired background in ethnomusicology), previous demonstrated work with children and young people, previous fieldwork experience, an ability to lead the project and oversee other project collaborators, an ability to apply for future funding, strong organizational skills, an ability to work with people across cultures, generations, and workplaces, a background in applied academic work, an ability to work across sectors (academic and industry).

Position start date: As soon as possible

Position salary: Part-time salary of $30,000 CDN per year (additional project funds and teaching may become available throughout the course of the position)

Applications can be sent to: Dr. Andrea Emberly, York University (aemberly@yorku.ca)

Applications should include: a current CV, a cover letter outlining how your skills match the needs of the project, a list of 3 potential referees with contact details, an acknowledgement of your skill level in Arabic (fluency level).

Deadline: Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received prior to Feb. 5, 2018 are assured careful consideration.

Call for Postdoctoral Fellow for Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak Project

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Call for Postdoctoral Fellow
Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak Project
University of Winnipeg

The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation Partnership Project, hosted by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) at the University of Winnipeg, invites applications for a full-time, postdoctoral fellow beginning August 1, 2018 and ending July 31, 2019. Applicants should have a completed PhD or expect to complete a PhD by August 2018 in the field of Indigenous studies, Indigenous governance, Indigenous data management/archives, education, cultural studies, history, geography, or a related field.

Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak is a seven-year project funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant and directed by Dr. Mavis Reimer. The overall goal of the project is to move forward the ongoing work of reclaiming Indigenous languages, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskow Ithiniwak (Rocky Cree), work that is taking place in the context of the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) for, among many other things, the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, the “relearning of Canada’s national history,” and the reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The objectives and activities of the project are:

  • to undertake collaborative, community-directed archaeological research in order to advance the understanding of the Rocky Cree during the protocontact period of the mid-1600s;
  • to build a rich historical understanding of the people of the region at the time;
  • to create a cycle of stories about the life of the Rocky Cree that is grounded in the archaeological and historical records and set during the six seasons of the Rocky Cree year;
  • to translate the oral stories into a series of picture books directed to young people, into a series of digital texts that invite players to actively engage the Rocky Cree world, and into travelling and permanent museum exhibits;
  • to develop teachers’ guides to support the curricular use of the narratives and to provide training for educators in culturally competent pedagogy;
  • to document, analyze, and assess the methods of collaborative, participatory, and community-based research used by project researchers; and
  • to mobilize the results of this meta-analysis for the purpose of advancing public policy and programming for reconciliation.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to continue to develop their ongoing research within a field of study compatible with the research initiative and to bring their research expertise to bear in collective discussions and decisions about the project. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that support and extend the strength of the Six Seasons Project are especially welcome. These include the areas of Indigenous education, Indigenous governance and policy, Indigenous community-based research, Indigenous data management/archives, Indigenous geography/cartography, and Indigenous texts and cultures for young people. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in the Six Seasons knowledge mobilization activities and partner engagement. It is likely that there will be opportunities for the successful candidate to teach in the area of their expertise as Contract Academic Staff.

The base award is $40,000 per annum. Benefits and knowledge mobilization allowance are additional to the base award. Teaching would be remunerated separately. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please submit applications to Project Manager Larissa Wodtke at l.wodtke@uwinnipeg.ca. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), three reference letters, and copies of two recently published articles or working papers. Please email Larissa if you have any questions about this position.

Director of Research for MediaSmarts

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MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. MediaSmarts offers hundreds of digital and media literacy resources for researchers, educators, librarians, parents and on its website mediasmarts.ca.

Director of Research

MediaSmarts is seeking an experienced, highly organized individual with strong research, writing, and communications skills. This essential member of the MediaSmarts team will lead the organization’s research agenda – which includes both MediaSmarts original research and program evaluation and impact assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead ongoing evaluations of all MediaSmarts’ processes and programs, including: planning and implementing evaluations to measure impact of new MediaSmarts’ intervention, education and awareness programs
  • Oversee the planning, methodology and implementation of original MediaSmarts’ research studies, including: conducting literature reviews; designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research studies; analyzing data
  • Contribute to the development of proposals/applications for research and program funding
  • In collaboration with MediaSmarts staff, oversee the dissemination of key finding from research: writing or co-writing key findings reports (both peer-reviewed and other reports for various stakeholders such as government, teachers, parents etc.); sharing MediaSmarts research methods and key finding through webinars, online communications, panels, conference keynotes. etc.; representing MediaSmarts at regional, national or international events, as required

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of and interest in education, digital and/or media issues
  • Strong background in research design and implementation: experience with grant applications and/or experience working/collaborating on different types of funded research projects; knowledge of and experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods; broad knowledge of research and dissemination; knowledge and experience in program evaluation
  • Ph.D. completed or in progress in cognate field; or graduate degree and minimum 5 years full time work as a researcher in cognate organization
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and self-directed
  • Bilingualism in English/French is an asset

Hours of Work / Compensation:
37.5 hrs per week

Commensurate with experience

How to apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to hr@mediasmarts.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Funded PhD: Investigating the Influence of Gender-neutral Toys Advertisement on Children’s Attitudes and Play Behaviours

Project Description
ESRC South Coast Doctoral Partnership (SCDTP) funded. Project code: PSYC4270118

Supervision team:
Dr Erik Gustafsson
Dr Tara Woodyer
Dr Stefanie Sonnenberg

Project in brief

Children’s toys are heavily gendered, resulting in boys and girls developing varied sets of skills which may either help or hinder them in their future curricula and career choices. Media and advertisements further encourage the prevalence of gender stereotypes in many forms, including toy catalogues. Recently some progress has been made in developing gender neutral toy descriptions in advertising, to encourage children to take part in cross gender play. The present project investigates the impact of gender-neutral material on children’s attitude and behaviours, and on the conversation they have with parents and peers.

Specific candidate requirements:

Applicants for this PhD position should have at least a completed BA or BSc honours level degree in psychology, geography or cognate discipline from an accredited course (minimum 2.1 award) (required); Experience with child research participants (desired); basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis (desired).

For all funding, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.

The studentship includes an annual maintenance grant, of £14,553 (2017/18).

For more information and to apply: http://www.port.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/psychology/funded-phd-opportunities/whom-are-these-toys-for-investigating-the-influence-of-gender-neutral-toys-adve.html

The closing date for applications is 22 January 2018, 11.59 pm.

Call for Applications – Research Fellow in Educational Justice: BioSocioCultural Inclusion

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The Center of Advanced Studies on Educational Justice calls for applications for a research fellow position for the research line “BioSocioCultural Inclusion.”

Under the general notion of educational justice, the project will carry out six research lines to study the emergence and consequences of new forms of exclusion affecting children from aboriginal descent, migrant children and youth in metropolitan and border regions, infants in socioeconomic disadvantage, and students with special needs. The project will also examine the ongoing production of cultural stereotypes and gender gaps which schools contribute to create and transmit.

Research lines and their principal researchers:

  • Pedagogical Inclusion – Ernesto Treviño
  • Disability Inclusion – Ricardo Rosas
  • BioSocioCultural Inclusion – Claudia Matus
  • Psychosocial Inclusion – Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar
  • Developmental Inclusion – Marigen Narea
  • Institutional Inclusion – Alejandro Carrasco

Specifically, the purpose of line 3 “BioSocioCultural Inclusion” is to understand the discursive and material mechanisms that help reproduce systems of inclusion and exclusion in Chilean educational system by studying policy, practice, and research that aim at increasing access, inclusion, quality, and equity in education.

Fluency in Spanish and English is required for all positions.

For further information on the research line “BioSocioCultural Inclusion” and to apply, please go to the following link: http://centrojusticiaeducacional.cl/


Call for International Research in Children’s Literature Executive Editor

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The term of office of the International Research in Children’s Literature Executive Editor expires in 2018. Scholars (normally mid-career or beyond) who would be interested in taking up this positions are invited to contact IRCL Editor Kimberley Reynolds (kim.reynolds@newcastle.ac.uk) to seek further information if so desired. It is an honorary position – IRSCL is not able to offer remuneration – but it is intellectually and professionally rewarding. You will find the description of the roles and duties of the Executive Editor below.

Roles and Duties

  • Support the Senior Editor with feedback on submissions and content as required – written notes for Editor
  • Discuss with Editor content of next issue and order of articles
  • Receive copy edited and marked up articles from Copy Editor
  • Receive copy edited and marked up reviews, check copy edit
  • Check copy edit and mark-up of articles
  • Keep database of authors
  • Confirm Table of Contents with Editor and prepare for typesetter
  • Confirm end matter with Editor and prepare for typesetter
  • Prepare Delivery Sheet for Edinburgh University Press
  • Create a new Dropbox folder under Edinburgh University Press Dropbox heading for relevant issue and upload all text files as Word doc and images as jpeg
  • Let Edinburgh University Press know that upload is complete
  • Receive and check all proofs
  • Receive and take in all acceptable authors’ corrections. Where corrections are not acceptable contact authors and let them know which ones were not taken in and why.
  • Mark up all corrections and scan relevant proof pages as pdf files
  • Upload corrected files to Edinburgh University Press Dropbox folder

If you are interested in applying for this position, please provide us with:

  • A CV, including a list of publications
  • A brief letter of motivation (1 A4 at the most), stating why you think you are fit for the job

You can address your letter to: Lies.Wesseling@Maastrichtuniversity.nl, before January 5, 2018. The Executive Editor will be selected by the executive board, following the advice of the Editor, Kim Reynolds, and the current Executive Editor, Mark MacLeod.

Assistant Professor in Childhood and Social Institutions at King’s University College

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King’s University College at Western University, a Catholic Liberal Arts College, invites applications for a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, effective July 1, 2018 (subject to budgetary approval). Candidates should hold a Ph.D., or be near completion.

The Childhood and Social Institutions Program at King’s University College is a four-year undergraduate program dedicated to the study of childhood and youth through discursive, contextual and experiential lenses. The program is committed to the idea that children are social actors, that childhood is a cultural construction, and is an historically embedded discourse. More on the program can be found at https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/childhood-and-social-institutions/.

Successful applicants for this position will ideally have research, expertise and training around childhood advocacy and/or the participation of children and young people in any of the social institutions within which childhood takes place: the school, the family, the legal system, aspects of political engagement in governmental and non-governmental organizations, etc., although other areas of interest may be considered. We are open to the consideration of applications with a research focus on childhood from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to, anthropology, childhood studies, education, geography, history, media studies, philosophy, political science, or sociology. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three academics willing to write a letter of reference, a teaching portfolio (including teaching evaluations) and all relevant publications, in a single PDF file to jobsearchcsi@kings.uwo.ca. The letter of application should be addressed to Dr. Sally McNamee, Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Programs. All materials should be sent electronically to the above address by December 31, 2017. Queries about the position may be sent to smcnamee@uwo.ca.

King’s University College is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The King’s University College website is http://www.kings.uwo.ca.

King’s University College is committed to recognizing the dignity and independence of all and seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities have genuine, open and unhindered access to the College’s employment opportunities. If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at HRkuc@kings.uwo.ca for assistance.