Gresham Professor of Divinity
SalaryAnnual stipend of £8,000 (plus reasonable expenses)
The appointment is part-time from 1 August 2022 and normally for three years. Gresham Professors present a series of six one-hour lectures each academic year. They also fully participate in college life, attending the Academic Board, being active in promotion and outreach, attending social events and acting as ambassadors for the college.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit:
1. A statement in the form of a letter explaining your suitability for the role as against the information and criteria specified in the Job Description and Person Specification, as well as details of the proposed lecture series.
The Professorial Appointment Brief can be found here.
2. A Curriculum Vitae of not more than five pages. Anything above this limit will not be submitted to the panel. CVs submitted without an accompanying statement as outlined in point 1 above will not be considered.
3. A list of proposed titles and abstracts for the first year’s 6 lectures (as for a submission of abstract for conference proceedings, c 200-250 words), plus an outline for the following two years (6 further lectures per year) to show the coherence of your programme.
4. A weblink to a lecture presented by you on the internet, to demonstrate your outstanding communication skills appealing to both specialist and non-specialist alike.
5. Indication of any social media presence you currently have eg Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or that you are willing to use (not essential).
6. Names and addresses of two referees.
7. Submission of a Recruitment Monitoring form. This can be completed here: https://forms.gle/Yub9dCSGgvYHcLhC7
Applications should be sent to Dr M. Clare Loughlin-Chow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post to Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 9.30am on Monday 25 October 2021.
Interviews will be held in London on Thursday 18 November 2021.
Gresham College is currently seeking a new Professor of Divinity. The appointment is to be offered for a period of three years and will commence on 1 August 2022.
The mission of Gresham College is to make new learning of contemporary relevance and academic integrity available to a wide and diverse audience. It provides an intellectually rigorous and stimulating programme of free public lectures of the highest standard, dealing in depth with a range of cultural, intellectual, and social issues. All its professors are superb communicators able to get across complex ideas to an educated but non-specialist audience.
The college is seeking a Professor of Divinity who will continue to educate and inspire audiences, building on the 400-year-old traditions of Gresham College, at the same time as developing innovative ideas for the transmission of knowledge. The scope of the disciplines originally identified by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1597 has changed over time, and appointments now reflect the ways in which knowledge has expanded. The Professorship of Divinity is open to any discipline within the field of theology and religious studies. It is not confined to Christian theology and it is open to lay-people/academics as well as religious leaders and clergy. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable ability to communicate the complexity of the subject to an intelligent and interested public.
Gresham Professors are contracted to provide six one-hour lectures annually (which are live streamed and recorded), as well as participating in additional promotional filming, and engaging in Academic Board meetings and social events. It is common to hold a Gresham Professorship (with its specified commitments) alongside a permanent position at a University, professional institution or other body, but the home institution’s agreement must be secured in advance. The term of office is three years, renewable for a fourth and final year.
Gresham College has an increasingly diverse world-wide audience and programme. To reflect this, the College wants to increase the diversity of its professoriate, and welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Professors are appointed periodically, normally for a three-year term, which may be extended for a fourth year (maximum).
The appointment of the Professor of Divinity is subject to the official approval of the Mercers’ Company Side of the Joint Grand Gresham Committee. An honorarium of £8,000 is paid (plus reasonable travel expenses etc). Honoraria are subject to tax and NI contributions, and professors are responsible for ensuring that a self-assessment is made for the appropriate amounts.
Professors’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
To contribute to the College’s annual academic programme, by preparing and personally delivering six public lectures a year (lasting one hour including time for questions), and making such other public presentation(s) as may be agreed with the College.
To provide written transcripts of lectures (and any other supporting resources such as PowerPoints) in advance of each lecture. These materials, together with live-streaming and video recordings, are made public through the Internet and other means.
To contribute to the College’s overarching aim to provide free education and outreach to a wide range of audiences, both locally in person and world-wide through the Internet.
To participate in the activities of the College, including attendance at an initial professorial induction session, and at meetings of the Academic Board, which normally meets four times per year (October, February, April and July).
To advise as necessary and appropriate on College academic policy, programmes and proposals.
To participate in additional activities from time to time, both academic and social, attending other meetings and events (including social events) as appropriate, and where possible.
Promotion of the College
To engage with the College’s production team on promotional filming for lectures and for the college more widely
To promote the College in external partnerships and at external events, acting where possible as an ambassador for the organisation, its members and followers.
To use the Gresham title wherever possible/appropriate when engaging in other activities, so that public attention is drawn to their connection with the College.
To promote the College’s reputation as a prominent, global education institution, committed to making accessible a wide range of innovative education and research.
Enquiries to Dr M. Clare Loughlin-Chow, Academic Registrar, telephone 020 7831 0575, e-mail email@example.com
Further information can be found in the Professorial Appointment Brief here.