The School of Histories, Languages and Cultures wishes to appoint a Head of Department in Politics. The role of Head of Department will be fixed term until 31.07.2028 initially and will be offered in combination with a permanent post at Professorial level. You will be an inspirational academic leader, with a clear vision for success and a demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity. You will have extensive experience in organisational leadership, and be committed to creating an environment in which departmental staff at all career stages, including PGRs and ECRs, are given the opportunities and support to develop and thrive. You will be a leading researcher with an outstanding track-record of internationally excellent publications and ambitious research plans for the future. Experience of winning major research council funding and/or a proven record of securing other sources of research income will be required. We would also expect you to demonstrate a track-record of leading innovation in research-connected teaching. You may be specialised in any field of Politics.
As Head of Department you will be reporting to the Dean. You will provide leadership in contributing to the ongoing development and oversight of the School¿s strategic plan and the annual operation of the School. You will work closely with the Dean and the School Management Team. You will be responsible for developing and implementing plans at departmental level and will have significant responsibility for staff line management, including workload management. You will lead on all key strategic areas in the Department of Politics, and will be supported by a Deputy Head of Department and Politics Leadership Team. You will be building on significant recent investment in new posts across all aspects of Politics and International Relations. Key current priorities in research include maintaining and building on the research performance following REF2021, growing the research environment and maintaining and developing the department¿s world-leading impact and knowledge exchange activity. Priorities in student education include the maintenance of undergraduate and growth of PGT and PGR recruitment, and providing an outstanding student experience that builds on the lessons learned from working in a global pandemic. We anticipate that you will build relationships with other relevant areas across the Faculty and the University and encourage the full participation of Politics in interdisciplinary programmes such as the International Slavery MA. You will also engage the department substantially with Research Themes at Faculty (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/humanities-and-social-sciences/research/research-themes/) and University (Research themes - Research - University of Liverpool) levels.
As Chair in Politics, you will assume a professorial role in the School and will be expected to establish a significant research presence, and also to make an appropriate contribution to teaching. In your statement we specifically invite you to set out your vision for developing the Department over the next five years, as well as your personal research agenda/plan for the next five years and to explain how you see your own collaborative activity contributing to the School¿s priority of maintaining and further developing our international research excellence.
The University has the right to close the vacancy early if it is deemed that there have been enough applications received.