Chair in Criminal Law

King's College London

Job id: 067845. Salary: Competitive.

Posted: 24 May 2023. Closing date: 21 June 2023.

Business unit: The Dickson Poon School of Law. Department: Law School.

Contact details:Paul James Cardwell. [email protected]

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

Job description

The Dickson Poon School of Law is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to be appointed as Edmund Davies Professor of Criminal Law. The post holder will exercise world-class academic leadership in research and teaching in criminal law.

The Dickson Poon School of Law, part of King’s College London, is based on The Strand, and sits at the heart of legal London. The school is ranked 15th in the world and 5th in UK for Law (QS World University Rankings 2022).

The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, people from minority ethnic communities, the LGBTQ+ community and from disabled people.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full time post

Key responsibilities

  • Make a strong contribution to the development of the School and University’s research profile, including by developing a track record of world leading publications in their field of study, through participation in impact activities, and by active participation in research communities;
  • Develop and articulate a research agenda that reflects the candidate’s position at the forefront of his/her field’, for example through applying for and securing research grants, and developing appropriate external research networks;
  • Make a strong contribution to the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School;
  • Contribute research-informed teaching to our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including through the supervision and examination of postgraduate research students at the School and in the wider academic community;
  • Take a leading part in the development of new teaching initiatives, technology-enhanced, online and distance learning, in accordance with the School and University’s strategic goals;
  • Play a role in the holistic development of our students through pastoral care and engagement in student experience activities, and in particular by acting as a personal tutor;
  • Participate in student development processes, including student progress monitoring, education assessment and examination;
  • To be available during assessment and marking periods;
  • To be responsible for marking formative and summative work and to provide timely and effective feedback working closely with the module leader, programme director and the professional services programme and assessments team;
  • Accept academic leadership responsibilities, such as in School education or research roles, and in participation in School or University governance structures;
  • Engage in professional development to further the candidates’ careers

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.       PhD, DPhil, JSD, or equivalent experience in law

2.       Have an established international reputation in criminal law as established by outstanding contribution through research publications

3.       Excellent teaching skills, especially in criminal law

4.       Competence with electronic learning platforms and other IT skills

5.       Understanding of current issues in Law and Higher Education

6.       Bring a proven track record of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level

7.       Have a substantial record of highly cited publications of original research

8.       Have a proven track record of producing world leading research outputs

9.       Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for significant aspects of the work of the Law School and/or University

10.     Demonstrate experience of, or potential for, outstanding involvement in the wider academic community

11.     Excellent oral and written communication skills

12.     Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships

13.     Ability to work to and meet deadlines

14.     Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

15.     Willingness to contribute to the School’s culture of collaboration

16.     Be resourceful and imaginative, with a natural tendency to seek and capitalise on opportunities.

Desirable criteria

1.       Professional qualification in law

2.       Successful supervision of PhD students

3.       Have a substantial record of grant acquisition

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