University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Lecturer in Development Studies



Lecturer in Development Studies

Job no: 0052418 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-Term (3-years) Faculty: Arts School: Social and Political Studies Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Opportunity to make a significant contribution to academic excellence within the Development Studies program
  • Embrace a Lecturer role that combines impactful teaching, high-quality research, and administrative leadership
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families
  • About the Role Join us as a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences and be part of a dynamic academic environment focused on fostering excellence in teaching and research.

    You will play a vital role in delivering a range of courses within the Development Studies program, including teaching into the Masters for Leadership in Development, focusing on specialisations including Monitoring and Evaluation, Political Economy of Development, and Leadership Skills in Action.

    We are seeking individuals with a strong commitment to impactful teaching and research, demonstrated by a track record of high-quality publications and innovative teaching practices. You will not only contribute to the academic community within the Faculty but also establish and nurture partnerships with national and international networks, enriching both your research endeavors and student experiences.

    Your responsibilities will extend beyond the classroom, encompassing research activities, supervision of postgraduate students, and administrative duties relevant to your role within the Faculty.

    Adopting a student-centric approach will be integral to your success in this position, ensuring an enriching and inclusive learning environment for all.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Subject coordination including the supervision of sessional tutors (administrative and academic)
  • Curriculum design and innovation, including cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Development of technology-based teaching, learning and assessment programs and resources
  • Design and delivery of overseas subjects and other student mobility programs
  • Teaching and learning innovation grants (with emphasis on national competitive and peer reviewed)
  • Supervision of theses at Honours and Masters by coursework level
  • Publications, including (but not limited to) peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, creative outputs and commissioned reports
  • Research grants and external research income (emphasis on competitive, international and peer-reviewed)
  • Who We Are Looking For We are seeking a committed and engaging educator with experience of teaching at tertiary level. You will also have the opportunity to conduct scholarly activity or academic research that informs and enhances your teaching. You will also possess well-established academic skills and strong academic performance.

    You will also have:

  • A completed PhD in Development Studies or a closely related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching including the capacity to initiate course development
  • Demonstrated course coordination experience
  • Ability to supervise honours and postgraduate coursework degree theses
  • A strong record in research with a developing publication profile
  • Demonstrated capacity for multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Capacity to attract research grants and consultancies
  • Proven initiative in and commitment to identifying, collaborating and engaging on research and/or learning with a wide range of external interests including public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits and communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the learning orientations of a diverse student cohort, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to create a highly inclusive student learning environment
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

    Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia. Visa sponsorship is unavailable.

    Your New Team - The School of Social and Political Sciences The appointee will join the School of Social and Political Sciences, which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally. The School's aim is to redefine the world and change what matters, and our work is underpinned by the values of intellectual freedom, integrity, diversity, environmental sustainability and social justice. We value collegiality and active citizenship and are committed to contributing strongly to public and institutional life, and to providing an engaged and distinctive social science and arts education for our students.

    About the University of Melbourne We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    We offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, check out our benefits page!

    Be Yourself! The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the Diversity and Inclusion of the community in which we live.

    If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture, and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. We are proud of our 2023-2027 Indigenous Strategy. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Applications close: 21 APRIL 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

    Position Description:0052418Lecturer in Development StudiesPD.pdf

    Advertised: 25 Mar 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 21 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Lecturer in Development Studies


    University of Melbourne




    March 25, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 21, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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