Resident Academic Full Time Post in Dance Studies


University of Malta
Due August 23, 2021

Applications are invited for a Resident Academic Full Time Post in Dance in the Department of Dance Studies within the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

The appointment will be on initial definite four-year contract of employment. Following the successful completion of the one-year probationary period, the Resident Academic will commence a two-year Tenure Track process. At the conclusion of this two-year period of service, the Resident Academic will be subject to a Tenure Review.

The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research, administrative, outreach and other activities of the Department of Dance Studies at the School of Performing Arts.

Candidates must be in possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent research based doctorate in a relevant area of dance specialisation and have teaching experience at tertiary level. The selected candidate is expected to be fully competent to teach and undertake supervisory duties at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The applicant must have interdisciplinary expertise in Dance Studies grounded in at least two of the following areas: Dance and Technology, Dance and Sciences, Global Dance Studies, Practice Research, Performance Theories. The candidate will be expected to teach and carry out research in these areas as well as in related areas as required and in discussion with the Head of Department. The appointee will also be expected to make substantial contribution to the development of the School of Performing Arts.

The Resident Academic Stream is composed of four grades; these being Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. Entry into the grade of Lecturer or above shall only be open to persons in possession of a Ph.D. or an equivalent research- based doctorate within strict guidelines established by the University.

The Resident Academic Stream is composed of four grades, being Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. Entry into the grade of Lecturer or above shall only be open to persons in possession of a Ph.D. or an equivalent research-based doctorate within strict guidelines established by the University.

The annual salary for 2021 attached to the respective grades in the Resident Academic Stream is as follows:

*Professor: €45,258 plus an Academic Supplement of €31,523 and a Professorial Allowance of €2,330

*Associate Professor: €41,541 plus Academic Supplement of €24,154 and a Professorial Allowance of €1,423

Senior Lecturer: €35,972 plus an Academic Supplement of €17,279

Lecturer: €31,222 with an annual increment of €641 to €33,451 and an Academic Supplement of €14,213

*The University will only consider appointing an applicant at the grade of Professor or Associate Professor, when the applicant already holds an equivalent appointment at a University or Research Institute of repute.

The University of Malta will provide academic staff with financial resources through the Academic Resources Fund to support continuous professional development and to provide the tools and resources required by an academic to adequately fulfil the teaching and academic research commitments within the University.

The University may also appoint promising candidates as Assistant Lecturers provided that these are committed to obtain a Ph.D. An applicant for the post of Assistant Lecturer must already be registered for a Ph.D. and have shown progress to the satisfaction of the selection board that completion will be within the four-year period.

Assistant Lecturer with Masters: €29,121 with an annual increment of €596 to €30,909 and an Academic Supplement of €5,039

Assistant Lecturer: €27,088 with an annual increment of €531 to €28,681 and an Academic Supplement of €4,794

Further Information

General Working Obligations:

The conditions of work for a Resident Academic of the University of Malta, are set out in the ‘Collective Agreement for Academic Staff of the University of Malta’

Full-time Resident Academic staff are required to give a commitment based on a 40- hour per week with flexible times throughout the year, that is not only during semester time, depending on agreed timetables and distributed reasonably between teaching, academic research and academic administration.

Full-time Resident Academic staff are normally expected to be available for four and a half days per week to deliver their academic duties, meet with students and to participate actively in the academic life of the School.

The official lecturing times of the University will be between 08:00 and 20:00 hours. The University may specify that the lecturing load will be conducted predominantly in any specific periods of the day between 08:00 and 20:00 hours.

In accordance with their conditions of employment and in order to meet the requirements of their role, Resident Academic staff are required to work on campus throughout the academic year, except for periods of authorised absence. Consequently, Resident Academic staff are required to reside no more than forty (40) kms from Campus.

The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of one year and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.


The Department of Dance Studies

The Dance Studies department was opened in 2010 with the introduction of two new degrees: a full-time three-year Bachelors in Dance Studies (Hons) and two-year Masters in Performance Studies (Dance). Since then, the department has expanded to include also a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies collaboration with the Faculty of Arts (where students can study dance and other subjects), and a Masters in Teaching and Learning Dance with the Faculty of Education. The department is currently redesigning its Masters in Performance Studies (Dance) into the Masters in Critical Perspectives in Dance and Embodied Practices, a fully online programme focusing on technology, sciences, and global dance studies.

The department is part of the School of Performing Arts together with Theatre Studies and Music Studies. The Dance programmes have been carefully designed to meet the needs of potential performers, choreographers, practitioners and scholars internationally, and the courses promise the highest level of academic and professional expertise, delivered by highly experienced staff, as well as by visiting lecturers and practitioners. The Dance Studies department has developed extensive working relationships with local and national arts institutions, as well as with international organisations.

The duties which the appointee may be expected to perform are to:

  • Teach (including tutorials, lectures, practice-based sessions, performance-work, and seminars), supervise practice, placements, and undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and theses, monitor projects and other personally-undertaken student enterprises, mentor students and monitor student progress. The mentoring and supervision of postgraduate students (both MA and PhD) is expected to be a particularly important duty;
  • Seek assistance and support from specialists within UM as necessary;
  • Prepare course materials and contribute to curriculum development, including the creation of new study-units;
  • Ensure course deliverables are relevant and reflect best practice and current thinking
  • Provide continuous assessment of students, set and mark examination papers and other forms of assessment, including dissertations, within established time-frames.
  • Take responsibility for the health and safety of students and others, conducting risk assessments as necessary, seeking expert help and guidance as needed;
  • Participate in the recruitment of undergraduate and postgraduate students, locally and internationally, by also attending open days and contributing to recruitment materials as necessary;
  • Undertake individual and collaborative research in priority areas established by the University and in specific areas of interest to the Department and the School;
  • Raise the academic profile of UM through the dissemination of the results of scholarly activity and through the development of external relationships. Publications in peer-reviewed journals are expected, preferably already at application stage;
  • Work within local and international research groups and participate in local and foreign-led projects;
  • Participate in the administration of academic affairs at academic and university levels;
  • Contribute to the interdisciplinary dimension of the School of Performing Arts by collaborating with colleagues from the Departments of Theatre Studies and Music Studies on teaching and research projects;
  • Participate in cross-faculty and cross-institution networks and committees, chairing groups within own area of expertise as necessary;
  • Undertake a range of activities that contribute to the management and/or administration of the School of Performing Arts and the Department of Dance Studies, which may include course/programme/module leadership, year tutor, chair of ad hoc working groups and timetabling;
  • Contribute to national and regional development particularly in the area of dance studies and through cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental, regional and nongovernmental institutions and services;
  • Participate in outreach programmes with other University departments and non-University organisations and bodies;
  • Where appropriate, contribute to consultancy, knowledge exchange and continuing professional development activity and outreach within the discipline;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Chair and/or School Director or their nominee, the Head of Department, or as may be required by the University.

The language of instruction is English. This is a new post.

The Selection Procedures

  • The evaluation of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application).
  • Short-listing of candidates.
  • An invitation to short-listed candidates to a Selection Board interview.
  • In addition, during the interview short-listed candidates will be asked to deliver a short presentation on an allotted subject.

The Selection Process

The selection process will follow the document “Guidelines for Members of Selection Boards in the Recruitment of Resident Academic Staff” (https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/policiesprocedures).

In accordance with the guidelines, members of the Selection Board will establish the following selection criteria for the selection process:

  • Relevant academic qualifications
  • Relevant Academic / Work experience
  • Aptitude and suitability
  • Performance in interview

How to Apply