Lecturer (Education) in African Philosophy

Lecturer (Education) in African Philosophy

Job title:                    Lecturer in African Philosophy
Department:              School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Contract Type:           Fixed Term- 9 months
Salary:                        £19,921.23-£23,408.32 per annum inclusive of London weighting
Location:                    SOAS
Hours:                        14 hours per week (35hours per week x 0.4) 


SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS is positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place as the basis for institutional renewal and revitalisation. SOAS is committed to student responsiveness and research intensity, and is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department

The World Philosophies programme in the Department of History, Religion and Philosophies covers the study of the philosophical traditions of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. We are unique for approaching the subjects from global perspectives, rather than through a purely western-centric framework, and for our unrivalled coverage of those regions. Our innovative and progressive teaching has contributed to our recent ranking of 11th in the UK for philosophy (the Complete University Guide 2023).

About the Role

The School of History, Religions and Philosophies seeks to appoint a fixed-term Lecturer in Philosophy with expertise in African philosophy from September 2024 to May 2025. SOAS has been one of the first institutions in the world to develop a Philosophy programme that showcases the richness of philosophical and intellectual traditions from a global perspective. The successful candidate will be appointed as a teaching-only (Academic and Education Route) staff to cover the teaching of a colleague on research leave. We seek to build on the success of the BA World Philosophies by developing a PGT programme and a research centre to establish our emerging reputation as a world-leading centre for non-western philosophy. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who is able to contribute to the three intellectual principles upon which our approach to Philosophy is founded: decolonial critiques and reconceiving Philosophy as a global discipline; dialogic and critical-comparative analyses between global intellectual traditions; and specialism in specific non-western  (African) philosophical traditions. We are also looking for a candidate who will contribute positively to the growth and reputation of the unique BA World Philosophies programme.

The responsibilities of the post-holder will include:

  • Teaching across philosophy modules through lectures, seminars, and tutorials, or by other means of teaching and knowledge transfer. Specific modules include African Philosophy (UG), Core Themes and Debates in African Philosophy (PG), and Global Traditions of Philosophical Hermeneutics.
  • Contributing to the administrative work of the School of History, Religions and Philosophies.
  • To supervise dissertations by undergraduate students.
  • To prepare, mark and provide feedback in connection with the range of assessment and examination systems in operation.
  • To work with academic colleagues, the Department Office, Library, timetabling, IT and others to prepare for the effective delivery of courses each session.
  • To provide academic advising and pastoral support to students and to write references for students where requested.
  • To cover for colleagues where appropriate during leaves of absence.

About you

The successful applicant will work closely and collegially with the teaching team in the BA World Philosophies programme, the convenors of relevant programmes and the Head of the School of History, Religions and Philosophies to facilitate and enhance the delivery of a well-organised and well-executed curriculum at both UG and PGT levels. The selected candidate will lead on designing a postgraduate pathway and research agenda and will work with the programme team members to establish a research centre in Global Philosophy.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in Philosophy or an adjacent discipline that relate to the role. They should have expertise in an area of philosophy but with a focus on teaching African Philosophy and Hermeneutics, and a demonstrable commitment to decolonisation. Experience in and dedication to high-quality classroom teaching at both the UG and PG levels is important, as are organisational and communication skills. Further, we are looking for an individual with a track record in knowledge exchange, public-facing engagement, and widening participation.

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website.

Academic: Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and a supporting statement – this is to be edited once application process confirmed

Closing date:  Tuesday 25th June 2024

Interviews date: Mid July Via MS Teams

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Further information

If you have any questions about the role, please email Professor Ayman Shihadeh, the Head of the School of History, Religions and Philosophies, at as117@soas.ac.uk, or Professor Richard King, the Convenor of the BA World Philosophies, at rk42@soas.ac.uk

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact hr-recruitment@soas.ac.uk

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We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.