The Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment

Salary

Annual stipend of £7,000 (plus reasonable expenses)

Purpose

This position is a part time professorship, and applications for the position of Professor of the Environment can cover such topics as environmental science, ecology, botany and zoology, earth sciences, natural hazards and/or environmental management. Professors are required to deliver six lectures each year and attend occasional Board Meetings and social events. 

Reports To

The Provost

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

1. A statement indicating suitability for the post (say where you saw the position advertised)

2. A brief curriculum vitae (maximum 10 pages)

3. Details (titles and abstracts) of your proposed programme of six lectures for academic year 2018-19, plus an outline of your proposed programme for the following two years. 

4. A link to a video of a lecture or talk recently presented by yourself

5. Names and addresses of at least two referees

6. Please also include a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

Applications should be addressed to the Provost, Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA, Gresham College, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH, or may be sent by email to environment-applications@gresham.ac.uk

The deadline for receipt of applications is 9 January 2018.

Interviews will be held in London on 9 February 2018.

Gresham College is currently seeking a Professor of the Environment as the second holder of this new Professorship. The appointment is to be offered for a period of three years and will commence on 1 August 2018.  This position is a part time professorship, and applications for the position of Professor of the Environment can cover such topics as environmental science, ecology, botany and zoology, earth sciences, natural hazards and/or environmental management. Professors are required to deliver six lectures each year and attend occasional Board Meetings and social events. An honorarium of £7,000 per annum will be paid by the College. The post offers excellent opportunities to widen public exposure for the successful candidate, as well as the opportunity to expand his/her communication skills.

Gresham College was established in 1597 under the Will of Sir Thomas Gresham, who nominated the Corporation of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Mercers to be his Trustees. The College, based at Barnard’s Inn Hall in Holborn since 1991, has been maintained in various forms since its foundation, but the major continuing activity is the appointment of distinguished Professors “sufficiently learned to reade the lectures” in the disciplines of Astronomy, Divinity, Geometry, Law, Music, Physic and Rhetoric. The Mercers’ School Memorial Chair of Business was added in 1985, and Professorships in the Environment and Information Technology are also now in place. Our free public lectures in the City have a history of more than 400 years. The College Council includes representatives from the City of London and the Mercers’ Company, whilst the Provost, Professors and Fellows constitute the Academic Board, which is responsible for formulating the academic programme.

The College has no registered students, it runs no courses, and makes no academic awards. In addition to the historic obligation to provide free public lectures, the College collaborates with institutions of higher education, learned societies and professional bodies, offering opportunities to draw attention to ideas, problems and issues of significance and interest. All lectures are filmed and live-streamed and made available through the Gresham website, offering a platform through which wide audiences can be reached with opportunities for discussion and debate that are not always available elsewhere.

Duties

The obligations that Professors are asked to accept reflect the Trustees’ determination to maintain the highest standards of academic activity that are consonant with the limitations that are inevitably associated with the part-time involvement of distinguished incumbents.

Professors must present six one-hour lectures each year; some of these occasions can be seminars or other methods of presentation, if desired, but the fundamental requirement is that they should be open to a general audience. This dissemination of the Professors’ presentations is an extremely important aspect of the College’s work. All lectures must be accompanied by a written transcript or summary, to be distributed at the end of the lecture. All lectures are video recorded for the Gresham Website and also live-streamed, attracting an ever-increasing audience from all over the world.

An annual fee of £7,000 (inclusive of VAT where applicable) is payable by the College. Each Professor is expected to provide a text of his or her presentation in advance of the lecture, and the transcripts are published and distributed after the event. The annual programme is prepared well in advance and each year Professors should submit, by 31 March, their availability and titles of their lectures for the next academic year. Professors are also expected to attend meetings of the Academic Board, which are held four times a year. Two Professors, chosen by the Academic Board, represent their colleagues on the College Council that meets up to five times a year. Additionally there are occasional social events, where there are opportunities for Professors to meet the Council and the Trustees.

The Academic Board meetings consider the College’s programme of activities. The agenda usually includes proposals for conferences, seminars and other initiatives that supplement the lecture programme, and may include proposals for the collective development of activities by more than one Professor.  

Enquiries to Dr Valerie Shrimplin, Academic Registrar, telephone 020 7831 0575, e-mail registrar@gresham.ac.uk

Further information can be found in the Professorial Appointment Brief here.