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Academic Vacancy

Lecturer in History of Art/Architecture/Material Culture and Assistant Senior Tutor


Teaching: 4 hours weekly for Spring and Autumn semesters.

Administration: assistance to the Senior Tutor in administering the program, including pastoral duties. Convening the Middlebury Museum Studies Oxford Program during Oxford’s Trinity Term.

Research: Research and publications commensurate with career stage, in any area related to the history of art or architecture or material culture in western Europe (including the British Isles) between the early middle ages and 1900.

This is a fixed-term, full-time, career development position for an early career scholar, for two and a half years, from January 2018 until the end of July 2020.


Nature of appointment

This fixed-term career development position is intended to provide an early career scholar with an opportunity to develop a publication record, a teaching portfolio and administrative experience, in order to support progression to an academic post, or a career drawing on this experience.  It is therefore not suitable for scholars who have already held fully-funded multi-year postdoctoral research positions, such as a British Academy award or a Junior Research Fellowship.


Appointment Criteria


1) Doctorate in the history of art or architecture or material culture (or a closely allied field) in western Europe completed/to be completed by January 2018.

2) Research and publications profile commensurate with career stage. 

3) Effective and inspiring teacher of high-achieving undergraduates, especially in a small-group setting.  Teaching can be offered in any area of the history of art, architecture and material culture.

4) An informed interest in the full range of academic duties, besides research and teaching, upon which the effective operation of Middlebury-CMRS depends, including pastoral care.

5) Excellent organisational, communication and IT skills.

6) Commitment to defining and pursuing a personal career development plan during tenure of the post.


7) The ability to teach a wide range of topics and periods in the history of art/architecture/material culture.

8) Familiarity with study abroad programs.

9) Experience working in a museum setting.


About Middlebury-CMRS

Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program brings undergraduates from demanding American institutions to Oxford.  Most stay for one semester, a minority for two.  Semesters include 13 weeks of teaching: 8 weeks of tutorials, plus additional seminars and a research course.  Our teaching covers the humanities, and some social sciences. 

CMRS was founded in 1975, and became Middlebury-CMRS in 2014. It is operated by the Middlebury UK Trust, an educational charity controlled by Middlebury College in Vermont.  Middlebury College is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in America, with a global study abroad network (   The Principal of M-CMRS is Professor Paul Monod, and the Senior Tutor is Dr Bernard Gowers. M-CMRS also employs an administrator, junior deans, and library staff.

M-CMRS students are Associate Members of Keble College.   This means that they are members of the Keble Junior Common Room, can eat in college, use the library and other college facilities.  They are encouraged to get involved in sport, music, societies etc, in Keble and across Oxford.  They also have access to the Bodleian Library system. We also have our own Feneley Library, with over 18,000 volumes, including especially strong holdings in the pre-modern humanities.

Students come mainly from their third year (out of four) at demanding American liberal arts colleges, including Middlebury. They are in the same range of abilities as students at the strongest UK universities.

M-CMRS is based in St Michael’s Hall, Shoe Lane, in central Oxford, a few minutes walk from Keble, libraries and other facilities.  The premises include offices and teaching rooms, the Feneley Library, and accommodation and other domestic facilities for the students.

There are usually between 25 and 35 students on the program. 

When M-CMRS Spring and Autumn semesters are not running (corresponding to Oxford’s Trinity Term and summer vacation), its facilities are used for other, shorter, programs for American undergraduates. These include Middlebury Museums Studies Oxford, a six-week undergraduate summer course in museums studies, including field trips and practical experience. 

Almost all our teaching is provided by academics associated with the University of Oxford and/or its constituent colleges.  The Principal and Senior Tutor both have personal affiliations to Keble College and the History Faculty.  

Middlebury-CMRS is associated with Keble College, but it is not part of the University of Oxford or Keble College.  The employer for this post is Middlebury UK Trust, not Keble College or the University of Oxford.


Teaching responsibilities

1) A four hour weekly teaching obligation each semester (averaged out over two semesters). This will consist of tutorial and/or seminar teaching over Oxford's Michaelmas and Hilary terms; supervision of individual research essays during the additional research course.  

2) Teaching may be offered from the list of courses advertised at The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new course offerings.

3) Second marking of some seminar papers and research essays.  (Note that there are no examinations on the program.)

4) Informal study skills and academic support to students.

5) Occasional lectures and/or talks, and conducting field trips in Oxford and elsewhere in England.


Administrative and pastoral responsibilities

1) Assisting Senior Tutor with academic administration, including but not limited to admissions, transcripts, library duties, orientation activities. This will involve regular office work, in close co-operation with the Principal and Administrator, as well as the Senior Tutor.

2) Working with Senior Tutor, Junior Deans and outside professionals to provide pastoral care for students.

3) Convening Middlebury Museums Studies Oxford, during Trinity term.

4) Participating in the general life of Middlebury-CMRS.  This is a small institution, where all staff are required to show a flexible and collegial attitude to collective responsibilities over the course of the academic year.

5) Participating in M-CMRS’s Academic Committee and Academic Board.

6) The post involves responding to on-site emergencies (along with other staff).  First Aid training and Mental Health First Aid training will be provided.


Research responsibilities

To undertake innovative research in the history of art, or architecture or material culture (and/or closely allied fields in western Europe); to publish in appropriate fora; to participate in academic conferences, research networks etc as appropriate.

Remuneration and conditions of employment

1) The salary will be £27,000 (in the first year) paid monthly in arrears.

2) A research allowance will be available for attending conferences etc. as appropriate.

3) Office and computing facilities will be provided as required.

4) The appointment will last from January 2018 until the end of July 2020, with a notice period of three months.

5) The appointment is conditional on verification of the successful candidate’s right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

6) Sundry other information will be communicated to the successful candidate upon the offer of the position.


How to apply

Applications should be sent to , by midnight on Friday 10th November. Applications to include: CV (with details of three referees); covering letter; research statement of no more than two pages. 

Informal enquiries to the Senior Tutor, .

Writing samples will be requested from shortlisted candidates.

Middlebury College UK Trust aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

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