Tutor wanted for Science Communication course

The Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL, seeks to appoint a UCL Teacher to co-teach an undergraduate course in science communication. The person will contribute one-half the work for a first-year undergraduate course: HPSC B117 “Introduction to Science Communication”. The course takes a social-theoretical and historical approach to science communication, using contemporary and historical examples and case studies. Topics of particular relevance include science activism, the political context for science communication, science fiction, and the history of ‘public understanding of science.’

The lecturer appointed will work closely with Dr Jane Gregory, the other course tutor.

The work consists of five weeks of lectures (5 hours) and tutorials (10 hours), to a prescribed schedule during the spring term 2006. The lecturer will also supervise approximately 12 student projects, mark coursework during the term, and contribute to setting and marking an exam in May/June 2006. The previous syllabus and provisional timetable are published on-line via <www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/bsc>.

Candidates should have a PhD, or be close to submitting, in a related field; and some experience in a professional science-communication context. They should have at least two years’ experience of teaching that involved developing lecture materials and leading tutorials; and show the range of interests and skills necessary to supervise student projects.

This position amounts to five percent of a staff post and will be paid pro rated on UCL’s Lecturer A scale.

Candidates should send a CV, names of two referees who can speak to the candidate’s teaching experience, and a brief proposal on how the 2004-2005 syllabus can be implemented or refined. These must be received by 20 October 2005. Send materials to Dr Joe Cain, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK. <[email protected]>.