Postgraduate Tutor and Researcher in the Centre for Black Theology

Posted 20 days agoExpires in 13 hours
Birmingham
Employee
£27,240

The Queen’s Foundation seeks a full-time tutor to join the Centre for Black Theology (CBT) Team in their collective task of supporting students to become Postgraduate researchers in the Centre.

We seek an experienced researcher who will thrive on enabling early, mid-career and later-career aspiring scholars to build on their past studies to develop doctoral-level research projects which enhance critical study of Black experience in theology, church and society.

This is an opportunity to join a theological institution:

  • that recently received an outcome of unqualified confidence in its Periodic External Review
  • that is widely commended for its commitment to being inclusive and diverse
  • that celebrates its unique and ground-breaking Centre for Black Theology and all that this Centre signifies for Queen’s’ commitment to exploring multi-ethnicity in church and society
  • that is investing major resources in developing digital teaching and learning
  • that values research and scholarship, with nearly 50 students in or entering PhD study
  • that combines the best of different modes of learning in what it offers
  • that is robustly ecumenical.

Core Areas of Current Work:

  • Ministerial formation, education and training through the Centre for Ministerial Formation. The Church of England and the Methodist Church are the primary sponsors of candidates who train full-time or part-time, residentially and non-residentially.
  • Continuing Ministerial Development through the Centre for Continuing Ministerial Development, for those in their early years of ministry and for those wishing to undertake postgraduate study.
  • The teaching, promotion and development of Black Theology for all Christians, but especially for members of Black Majority Churches, through the Centre for Black Theology.
  • The theological education and formation of Diocesan Readers, independent and self-supporting students who wish to undertake theological study through the Centre for Discipleship and Theology.
  • Research and scholarship through a unique collaborative relationship with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
  • Partnerships with theological institutions in the global south to build capacity in their theological faculties and provides students and staff with encounter and exchange opportunities.

General Qualities and Skills

Essential

  • An energetic person of integrity, creativity and determination.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and understanding of the work of theological education in the service of the mission and ministry of the Church, and in its role in wider society.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of working with ‘BAME’ students.
  • Committed to, and experienced in, working ecumenically.
  • Has excellent inter-personal skills, relating well to a wide range of people.
  • Is in sympathy with the ethos and values of the Queen’s Foundation, including its commitment to diversity.
  • Open to learn with and from those who bring different experiences, traditions, and perspectives.
  • Demonstrates ongoing learning and personal/professional development

Academic experience

Essential

  • Has experience of academic life and of research activity in a number of contexts
  • Can articulate an understanding of the relevance of research to the work of theology in church and society

Teaching, learning and research

Essential

  • A skilled teacher who can engage with a diverse group of learners, teaching at a range of levels.
  • Able to take a significant role in the teaching of Black and contextual theologies
  • Qualified to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (normally evidenced by a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, or by publications that are recognised as equivalent).
  • Able to supervise doctoral students (normally evidenced by a doctoral qualification)

History

The Queen’s College was founded in 1830 as one of the first Anglican Theological Colleges in England, pioneering training physicians (doctors) alongside clergy. In 1970 Queen’s took another radical step as it became an ecumenical college, bringing Methodists and Anglicans into a single institution. In 2000 the Queen’s College became the Queen’s Foundation to reflect its rapidly growing diverse range of activities. In 2012 Queen’s was identified and chosen by the Methodist Conference to be one of the Connexional Centres for theological education and formation, and is the only Centre authorised to train Methodist student ministers.