Hi all,

If you know anyone (likely UK-based as it is an 8month contract) interested in co-teaching Medieval and Early Modern Stagecraft (with me handling the medieval lectures and seminar materials for medieval topics) at Newcastle University, then please direct them to this job advert. 


Lecturer in Early Modern Drama

Requisition ID:  12238

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Oct-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary:  £31,406.00  per annum

Closing Date: 31 October 2021


The Role


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Early Modern Drama (Teaching and Scholarship), for 8 months, fixed term.  The start date is 1st January 2022 and the end date is 31st August 2022.


You will have a PhD (in hand) in a relevant subject area and a record of high-quality research-led teaching in Early Modern Drama, with an expertise in performance-based teaching.


You will be expected to co-teach a module on “Stagecraft:  Sex, Subversion, and Salvation in Early Drama” together with a medieval drama specialist. You will also convene a first-year survey module “Introduction to Literary Studies 2” (covering 10th- to 19th-century literature). You will be expected to supervise taught postgraduate independent work. 


The School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics currently has 62 members of academic staff (53FT and 9PT) working across the fields of Creative Writing, English Literature and Language and Linguistics. 16 Research Associates and Fellows and 9 Professional Services colleagues work with us and, together with our 750 undergraduates, over 100 taught postgraduates and a similar number of research students, we form a thriving and highly motivated intellectual community, dedicated to excellence and innovation in research and teaching. Over 80% of our research was deemed ‘worldleading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and our teaching was rated as ‘excellent’ in the last QAA audit. It has exceptional research strengths in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Theatre and Performance, providing a supportive research and teaching environment for the person appointed to this role.


The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics actively encourages applications from Black and minority ethnic candidates.  All applicants should feel free to communicate to the selection panel circumstances that have had an impact on their career path, including those related to Covid-19 restrictions. Newcastle University is committed to developing a fully inclusive global University community in which staff and students from all sectors of society can thrive equally. See the University’s institutional EDI strategy here:


The School of English is committed to offering mentorship to Early Career Researchers while in post, both by supporting them to achieve a teaching qualification (e.g. HEA membership) and by helping them to develop their research portfolio.


Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Jo Robinson, Head of School ([log in to unmask]) or to Professor Neelam Srivastava, Subject Head of Literature ([log in to unmask]).



Key Accountabilities


  • Co-teach a Stage 3 undergraduate module on “Stagecraft:  Sex, Subversion, and Salvation in Early Drama”, including facilitating performance-based workshops
  • Take responsibility for the role of Module Leader of Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (Stage 1 undergraduate module)
  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning materials and activities to undergraduate students in Early Modern Drama
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the School and across the University
  • Undertake administrative duties as required by the Head of School
  • Provide pastoral support and mentoring for students
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School/Institute and Faculty
  • Integrate scholarship, research and/or professional activities with teaching and supporting learning, as appropriate

The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Extensive teaching and learning experience at undergraduate level in Early Modern Drama with an expertise in performance-based teaching
  • Capacity and willingness to work as part of a team and mentor Postgraduate/Early-Career Teaching Assistants
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, and to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire them to learn
  • Evidence of research outputs in the field that are commensurate with career stage
  • Capacity and willingness to contribute to teaching, supervision and administrative work in the School
  • Experience of and willingness to deliver pastoral support of students at all levels
  • A commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in teaching and education


  • Experience of teaching and research in Medieval Drama

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with Academic and Professional Services colleagues
  • Ability to promote and ensure excellent relationships with students



  • PhD in hand in Early Modern Drama
  • A teaching qualification (Higher Education Academy Fellowship or equivalent) or the expectation of completing a teaching qualification while in post - desirable

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12238