Professor of Teacher Education

University of Glasgow

JAs part of its ‘Global Talent’ recruitment campaign, the School of Education invites applications for the position of Professor of Teacher Education (Research and Teaching Track). This open-ended term contract is an opportunity to contribute to the School’s world changing ambitions, locally and globally, through research and teaching.

The School is a large and dynamic unit which brings together researchers with expertise across all sectors of education: formal and non-formal, pre-school through to higher, adult and community education. In the recent UK Research Assessment Framework (REF) the  expert panel judged that 90% of our work was either world leading or internationally excellent; 82.6% of our research outputs were assessed as either world leading (37.6%) or internationally excellent (45%); the panel assessed 75% of our impact on society as world leading and 25% internationally excellent and we achieved the maximum score of 100% world leading in the assessment of the environment that we have established to support research.

The School of Education offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and CPD courses, and has a thriving community of PhD and EdD students. You will actively contribute to delivering an excellent student experience through teaching, assessment and administration processes. The School prides itself on the effective integration of teaching, research, theory, policy and practice. The key feature of its research is its commitment to placing educational research as part of an interdisciplinary agenda to support the development of more equitable societies in the spirit of social justice.

The School aims to contribute to better places locally, nationally and globally, providing a major source of research-informed evidence that contributes to positive economic and societal impact. The School is organised within four Research and Teaching Groups (RTGs): Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy (CLIP), Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP), Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith (PPF); and People, Place & Social Change (PPSC). The School is situated within the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) and we welcome applications from candidates keen to contribute to interdisciplinary research, scholarship and knowledge exchange, working collaboratively in taking forward the CoSS interdisciplinary research themes.

Job Purpose 

To take a senior leadership role in learning and teaching that supports the strategic objectives and priorities of the School/College in line with the University’s ambitions, and makes a substantial contribution to enhancing a scholarly, research-led ethos within the School/College. To undertake substantial responsibilities associated with managing external stakeholder relationships that advance knowledge exchange, public understanding and outreach and strengthen links with professional bodies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide leadership across the School and College in relation to strategic learning and teaching initiatives through: embedding a research-led, evidence-based ethos in teaching and learning; leading on teaching collaborations and teaching innovations; and influencing teaching and assessment practices and policy across the School/College.

2. Undertake academic management and leadership roles and responsibilities across the School and College in a manner that enhances the student experience, ensures programmes are internationally benchmarked and of international standing, and that values and supports a culture of enhancement.

3. Make a substantial contribution to University Committees/Working Groups to ensure the advancement of learning and teaching policies and practice that align with local and international challenges in Higher Education, evolving student needs and other related changes in the University’s strategic context.

4. Build effective internal and external collaborations to support the development and mentoring of academic staff and their learning, teaching and scholarship activities in particular.

5. Ensure a sustained track record of high-quality achievement in scholarship of learning and teaching as demonstrated through an internationally regarded portfolio of outputs, keynote presentations and invited talks.

6. Represent the School/University on key external bodies and at significant external events nationally and internationally to promote excellence in learning and teaching, and the development of professional practice.

7. Ensure a substantial track record of, and demonstrate leadership in, knowledge creation and transfer, ensuring impact on external bodies contributions to public understanding and contributing fully to key strategic initiatives that underpin School, College and University strategies for external engagement.

8. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

9. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

10. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in related discipline with an extensive and established reputation in research and significant teaching experience in teacher education.

A2 An established and internationally-recognised reputation for high-quality research and knowledge exchange in teacher education.

A3 A thorough understanding of, and track record in, contributing to broader academic leadership and management at School/RI/Service/College level.

A4 Engagement with the current and future priorities of University/College/Service strategies, aims and ambitions.

A5 Membership of a relevant professional body.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Proven ability to lead and deliver high quality and innovative University teaching, including assessment and curriculum development.

C2 A track record of research income generation from a range of sources.

C3 Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of research issues and debates, both nationally and internationally, and future direction of research and teaching in the subject area.

C4 Maintaining a portfolio of research activity of international quality, reputation and impact.

C5 Represent the School/College/University on key external bodies and at significant external events nationally and internationally to promote excellence in research and teaching, and  the development of professional practice.

C6 Contributions to public understanding and contributing fully to key strategic initiatives that underpin School, College and University strategies for external engagement.

C7 Providing academic leadership across the School/College, leading innovation and management of teaching, setting standards and monitoring progress.

C8 Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels within the School, College, University, and beyond, in the academic, policy and practitioner communities.

C9 Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collegiality and collaborative working.

C10 Proven ability to foster research collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines, Schools, Colleges and Universities as appropriate.

C11 Proven project, people and budget management skills.

C12 Leading student supervision and mentoring/coaching early career staff, providing specialist advice, support and academic leadership.

C13 Contributing to the academic leadership and management of the School/College, e.g. by chairing committees and leading on key processes and new initiatives.

C14 Demonstrated commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.

C15 Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be  within the Professorial range and subject to negotiation

This post is full time (35 hrs per week) and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

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