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Fixed Term Lecturer in History – University of Canterbury

Lecturer in History (Teaching and Administration only)
College of Arts

Either one full-time (1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours per week) position, or 2 part-time positions (0.5 FTE each, 18.75 hours per week)
Fixed term from Feburary 2018 to December 2019

The School of Humanities and Creative Arts within the College of Arts at the University of Canterbury is seeking to appoint one or two Fixed Term Lecturers (Teaching and Administration only) to support the History Programme. There is the possibility for either one appointment at 1.0 FTE or two appointments at 0.5FTE, and candidates should indicate their interest in one or both levels in their application. The term of appointment would be from February 2018 to December 2019.
The appointees’ principal duties will be the coordination and delivery of History courses at a range of levels, including Honours, and supervision and co-ordination of post-graduate students as appropriate. Other responsibilities will include appropriate pastoral care of students, administrative tasks, and possible supervision of tutors.
Candidates must hold or be near completion of a Ph.D. in History. The candidate will ideally have teaching experience at tertiary level, a record of research and publication, effective interpersonal skills and a collegial approach to teaching and administration. Knowledge of e-learning applications and the ability to integrate technology into teaching is desirable. An interdiscliplinary approach to historical knowledge is welcome and the candidate will be expected to offer both existing and new courses courses which complement and extend the History Department’s current offerings. While applications are invited from any field of history, strong teaching and supervisory experience in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand is preferred, as is the ability to teach into at least one other area of specialisation. An applicant appointed at 1.0 FTE will have teaching expertise in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand as well as capacity to provide courses related to another area of specialisation.

The closing date for this position is: 30 November 2017
Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume, at least two outlines of proposed courses, evidence of teaching experience and student surveys/peer review and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online. Two references, including comment on teaching ability, will be requested from short listed candidates.
Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to georgia.arthur@canterbury.ac.nz
Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Jane Buckingham, Head of History, on jane.buckingham@canterbury.ac.nz
Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: https://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz
The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.


The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, II. Places, Spaces and Objects – Call for Papers


As medievalists, we access our period through the written records, sites, and items that survive in order to form a deeper understanding of the period, one that goes beyond the page or the ruinous buildings that remain today. Using a wide range of sources is particularly valuable when considering the miraculous and the medicinal. After all, it is not just the writings, but the spaces, places and objects of both healthcare and of the holy which can inform and shape our research, and than of understanding. Indeed, in many instances these two elements combine, as can be seen through the production of miracle cures, the monastic collections of medical treatises, and medieval hospitals and monastic infirmaries.

But, what can these sources tell us of miracles, of medicine, of maladies? How did the miraculous and the medicinal relate to and/or oppose each other? What can we learn of faith and the faithful, and of ill-health and healing? It is questions such as these which the second ‘Maladies, Miracles and Medicine’ conference considers by bringing together post-graduate and early-career researchers who work on all aspects of the healing and the holy. The conference welcomes papers on all aspects of this theme whether your interests lie in archaeology, art, literature, medicine and science, or miracles and theology (or a little bit of everything). Particular themes to consider are:

  • Pilgrims as ‘patients’ and miraculous medicine
  • Hospitals, hospices and infirmaries as places of cure and places of piety
  •  Objects of healing and/or objects of faith
  • Landscapes and locations of religion and remedy
  • The written word as place, space, or object of cure or of faith
  • Personal devotion and home-based healthcare

Proposals for twenty-minute papers fitting broadly into one of the above themes are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline, 5. January 2018. Proposals of no more than 200 words, and further enquiries are to be sent to the organisers, Dr Ruth Salter and Frances Cook, via: gcms.reading@gmail.com. Please be aware that further details will be released closer to the date.