Resident Academic Full Time Post in Music
27 February, 2020
by Stefan Aquilina
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Call for Applications
Resident Academic Full Time Post in Music
Department of Music Studies – School of Performing Arts
Kindly forward to anyone who might be interested in this call in Music.
Applications are invited for a Resident Academic Full Time Post in Music in the Department of Music Studies within the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.
The appointment will be on an indefinite basis, subject to a one-year probationary period, up to statutory retirement age.
The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research, administrative and other activities of the Department of Music Studies at the School of Performing Arts.
Candidates must be in possession of a PhD or an equivalent research-based doctorate in the relevant area of specialisation and have teaching experience at tertiary level. The selected candidate is expected to be fully competent to teach and undertake supervisory duties at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and demonstrate professional practical experience in music.
The applicant must have interdisciplinary expertise in Musicology grounded in at least two of the following areas: Historical Musicology, Critical Theory, Performance Studies, Popular Music, Music Analysis, and Artistic Research. The candidate will be expected to teach and carry out research in these areas as well as in related areas as required and in discussion with the Head of Department. The appointee will also be expected to contribute substantially to the development of the School of Performing Arts more broadly.
The Resident Academic Stream is composed of four grades; these being Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. Entry into the grade of Lecturer or above shall only be open to persons in possession of a Ph.D. or an equivalent research- based doctorate within strict guidelines established by the University.
The annual salary for 2020 attached to the respective grades in the Resident Academic Stream is as follows:
*Professor: €43,119 plus an Academic Supplement of €29,822 and a Professorial Allowance of €2,330
*Associate Professor: €39,603 plus Academic Supplement of €22,850 and a Professorial Allowance of €1,423
Senior Lecturer: €35,881 plus an Academic Supplement of €16,346
Lecturer: €29,737 with an annual increment of €641 to €31,660 and an Academic Supplement of €13,446
*In exceptional circumstances, the University will consider appointing an applicant at the grade of Professor or Associate Professor when the applicant already holds a similar professorial appointment at a University of repute.
The University of Malta will provide academic staff with financial resources through the Academic Resources Fund to support continuous professional development and to provide the tools and resources required by an academic to adequately fulfil the teaching and academic research commitments within the University.
The University of Malta may also appoint promising and exceptional candidates into the grade of Assistant Lecturer, provided that they are committed to obtain the necessary qualifications to enter the Resident Academic Stream. Such candidates will either have achieved exceptional results at undergraduate level, be already in possession of a Masters qualification, or would have been accepted for or already in the process of achieving their PhD.
Assistant Lecturer with Masters: €27,757 with an annual increment of €596 to €29,545 and an Academic Supplement of €4,767
Assistant Lecturer: €25,845 with an annual increment of €531 to €27,438 and an Academic Supplement of €4,535
Applicants should submit their letter of application by e-mail to email@example.com together with a copy of their curriculum vitae, one set of copies of their certificates and the names and e-mails of three referees.
They are also required to submit a full twelve-week teaching programme (totalling to 24 teaching hours) for a second year study-unit in historical musicology and/or critical theory.
Applications should be received by Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
Late applications will not be considered.
General Working Obligations:
The conditions of work for a Resident Academic of the University of Malta, are set out in the ‘Collective Agreement for Academic Staff of the University of Malta’ and the ‘Manual of Conduct and Procedures’.
The commitment of a Resident Academic is based on a 40-hour week, with flexible times depending on established time tables and distributed reasonably between teaching, academic research and other academic work (including academic administration and professional activity).
The official lecturing times of the University of Malta are Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 20:00 hours and the successful candidate will be required to lecture at any time within the official teaching times during term time. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of one year and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.
The Department of Music Studies
The Music Studies Department was set up in 1988 as one of the programmes of study within the Mediterranean Institute of the University of Malta. Right from the beginning, music students were encouraged to establish connections with the community through their involvement in concerts held both on campus and in other performing venues around Malta. Since then, the Department has trained students for a range of careers in music, including music educators, professional orchestral musicians, freelance composers, professionals in studio production, and academics. In 2012, along with Dance Studies and Theatre Studies, the Music Department was integrated into the newly established School of Performing Arts within the University of Malta. The department runs courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including masters and doctoral programmes in musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, and composition.
The duties which the appointee may be expected to perform are to:
- Teach, including tutorials and seminars, supervision of practical work and placements including on site work, dissertation supervision, monitoring of projects and other personally-undertaken student enterprises, mentoring students and monitoring student progress;
- Prepare course materials and contributing to curriculum development, including the creation of new study-units;
- Ensure course deliverables are relevant and reflect best practice and current thinking;
- Provide continuous assessment of students, setting and marking of examination papers and other forms of assessment, including dissertations, within established time-frames;
- Participate in the recruitment of undergraduate and postgraduate students, locally and if possible internationally, by attending open days and contributing to recruitment materials as necessary;
- Undertake individual and collaborative research in priority areas established by the University and in specific areas of interest to the Department and the School;
- Raise the academic profile of UM through the dissemination of the results of scholarly activity and through the development of external relationships. Publications in peer-reviewed journals are expected, preferably already at application stage;
- Work within local and international research groups and participation in local and foreign-led projects;
- Participate in the administration of academic affairs at academic and university levels;
- Contribute to the interdisciplinary dimension of the School of Performing Arts by collaborating with colleagues from the Departments of Theatre Studies and Dance Studies on teaching and research projects;
- Participate in cross-faculty and cross-institution networks and committees, chairing groups within own area of expertise as necessary;
- Undertake a range of activities that contribute to the management and/or administration of the School of Performing Arts and the Department of Music Studies, which may include course/programme/module leadership, year tutor, chair of ad hoc working groups and timetabling;
- Contribute to national and regional development particularly in the area of music studies and through cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental, regional and nongovernmental institutions and services;
- Participate in outreach programmes with other University departments and non-University organisations and bodies;
- Where appropriate, contribute to consultancy, knowledge exchange and continuing professional development activity and outreach within the discipline;
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the School Director or his/her nominee, the Head of Department, or as may be required by the University.
The Selection Procedures
- The evaluation of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application).
- Short-listing of candidates.
- An invitation to short-listed candidates to a Selection Board interview.
- A short presentation on a subject allotted to short-listed candidates.
The Selection Process
The selection process will follow the document “Guidelines for Members of Selection Boards in the Recruitment of Resident Academic Staff” (https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/policiesprocedures).
In accordance with the guidelines, members of the Selection Board will establish the following selection criteria for the selection process:
- Relevant academic qualifications
- Relevant Academic / Work experience
- Aptitude and suitability
- Performance in interview
Office of the University
Msida, 26 February 2020