Associate Lecturer - Living Psychology

Job Title: Associate Lecturer - Living Psychology
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: United Kingdom
Reference: DD210
Job Published: April 09, 2021 11:45

Job Description

Living psychology: 

From the everyday to the extraordinary DD210

Presentation pattern October to June

Module description 

This module draws on classic and contemporary theory and research in psychology and applies them to a broad range of contexts. 

Students will learn how psychologists have studied both practical and theoretical issues, such as nationalism or sexuality, with a particular emphasis on understanding and solving problems that directly affect people’s lives.

They will explore core academic areas of psychology as set out by the British Psychological Society (e.g. social, cognitive, developmental) and applied aspects of professional practice (e.g. clinical, forensic, counselling). They will also develop their understanding of psychological research methods, along with other useful academic and employability skills.

Person specification

The person specification for this module should be read in conjunction with the generic person specification for an associate lecturer at The Open University. As well as meeting all the requirements set out in the generic person specification, you should have: 

  • A good honours degree in psychology or equivalent, or a combined honours degree with a substantial amount of psychology (e.g. BSc Psychology and Criminology);
  •  A higher qualification in, or relevant to, an applied area of psychology and/or demonstrable track record in research or other activity of relevance to the teaching of applied psychology at Level 2 
  • Experience of teaching psychology § an ability to teach both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including basic aspects of good study design, ethics and analysis in research 
  • An ability to engage with, and teach in a lively manner, broad and diverse psychology topics, issues and perspectives, particularly in applied, real-world contexts 
  • Experience of, or a demonstrable keen interest in, teaching using a virtual learning environment (VLE) and online tutorials and forums. It would be an advantage to have: 
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (previously known as Graduate Basis for Registration, GBR) 
  • Experience of teaching psychology at degree level § experience of teaching at a distance § experience of practice, or teaching, in one or more applied areas of psychology.

Module related details - a full explanation can be found on the website

Credits awarded to the student for the successful completion of a module: 60

Number of assignments submitted by the student: 5

Method of submission for assignments: 2

Level of ICT requirements: 2

Number of students likely to be in a standard group: 20

Salary band: 7

Estimated number of hours per teaching week: 6

As an associate lecturer, you should have

  • a degree or equivalent, or a professional or vocational qualification in the subject area you wish to teach
  • an appreciation of how adults learn and an appreciation of study skills
  • the ability and willingness to promote the learning of adults through correspondence tuition, telephone and face-to-face tuition and, where appropriate, online tuition
  • the ability to use information and communication technology in teaching and supporting students and communicating with other areas of the OU
  • the ability to work with students from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds
  • the ability to work with students with disabilities
  • a commitment to student-centred learning
  • an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities policies and practices
  • an organised and systematic approach to work
  • the potential to work successfully in a team and the potential to work independently
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • a commitment to personal staff development
  • availability and accessibility to students
  • ability to travel to designated tutorial centres.

All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate to meet the requirements of the role.