Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences. Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience. The University also offers postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines. Applications are now invited for the following post, which will be tenable from mid-August 2017 or by mutual agreement:
Assistant Professor - Core Curriculum and General Education Office
Science Unit, Core Curriculum and General Education Office
(Post Ref.: 16/162/SW)
In August 2015, the University created a Science Unit ( http://www.LN.edu.hk/ccgeo/science.php) to strengthen teaching, research, and service efforts in the area. The Science Unit forms part of our Core Curriculum and General Education Office ( http://www.LN.edu.hk/ccgeo/), and as such, only teaches classes designed to fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. Currently, the Science Unit offers courses in the “Science and Technology” cluster, but the Unit has recently been charged with developing and offering a Common Core course as part of Lingnan’s Core Curriculum in the near future. We are developing laboratory space suitable for teaching and research for the current staff whose interests focus on environmental and evolutionary biology.
We are now looking for a high-calibre scholar and devoted teacher to join the Science Unit at the Assistant Professor level. An ideal candidate will broaden the scope and expertise of the Science Unit in both teaching and research, allow for collaboration with academic staff in other departments and faculties on campus, as well as be able to perform high-quality research in the absence of major laboratory equipment and resources. For example, candidates working on (1) big data analytics with applications to health care, environmental protection, economics or social networks; (2) issues related to air and water pollution; or (3) urban geography could serve as important links between the Science Unit and other departments on campus. In addition, scholars with research foci, key collaborators, or field sites in China or South East Asia might find Hong Kong an ideal location. We are looking for a colleague who relishes the challenge of joining a growing unit in a unique academic environment, so we will consider candidates from all fields of natural sciences.
The appointee should share our enthusiasm in promoting science education, and be expected to : (a) teach science courses in the Core Curriculum; (b) develop courses in his/her areas of expertise for the “Science, Technology and Society” cluster; (c) pursue scholarship in his/her areas of expertise; (d) pursue collaborative research with members of the Science Unit and other staff members of the University; (e) enhance links and collaborations with other universities, NGOs, and industries in Hong Kong; (f) contribute to the public outreach and knowledge transfer efforts of the Science Unit; (g) contribute to the university’s efforts to ensure whole-person development of students of Lingnan University; and (h) undertake other duties as assigned by the University.
Candidates should have (i) a PhD in a relevant natural science discipline; (ii) relevant experience in teaching, especially at the non-majors general education level; (iii) evidence of a well-developed, funded, independent research programme; (iv) a good research record; and (v) excellent interpersonal and communication skills for developing meaningful collaborations with students and colleagues in a liberal arts setting.
Lingnan University is fully committed to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research. The appointee should demonstrate commitment to teaching and research excellence. Candidates are required to provide information on their research records and evidence of quality teaching.
The conditions of appointment will be competitive. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity, housing benefits and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee.
Appointment will normally be made on an initial contract of three years, which, subject to review and mutual agreement, may normally lead to longer-term appointment with possibility of consideration for substantiation.