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University of Malta


Call for Applications

Resident Academic Post in Sociology in Education

Department of Education Studies



Applications are invited for a full-time Resident Academic Post in Sociology in Education in the

Department of Education Studies within the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta. The appointment will be on an indefinite basis, subject to a one-year probationary period, up to statutory retirement age. The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research and other activities of the Department of Education Studies within the Faculty of Education, and as may be required by the University.

Candidates must in possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent research based doctorate in the area of Sociology of Education. Due importance will be given to those candidates who have a strong research and publication record.

The Resident Academic Stream is composed of four grades, being Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. Entry into the grade of Lecturer or above shall only be open to persons in possession of a Ph.D. or an equivalent research based doctorate within strict guidelines established by the University.

The annual salary for 2011 attached to the respective grades in the Resident Academic Stream is as follows:

Professor €36,308 plus an Academic Supplement of €15,634, and a Professorial Allowance of €2,100

Associate Professor €33,194 plus an Academic Supplement of €13,142, and a Professorial Allowance of €1,282

Senior Lecturer €30,051 plus an Academic Supplement of €9,575

Lecturer €24,569 with an annual increment of €641 to €26,492, and an Academic Supplement of €8,641

The University of Malta will provide academic staff with financial resources through the Academic Resources Fund to support continuous professional development and to provide the tools and resources required by an academic to adequately fulfil the teaching and academic research commitments within the University.

The University of Malta may also appoint promising and exceptional candidates into the grade of Assistant Lecturer, provided that they are committed to obtain the necessary qualifications to enter the Resident Academic Stream. Such candidates will either have achieved exceptional results at undergraduate level, be already in possession of a Masters qualification, or would have been accepted for or already in the process of achieving their PhD.

Assistant Lecturer with Masters €22,925 with an annual increment of €596 to €24,713 and an Academic Supplement of €3,883

Assistant Lecturer €21,344 with an annual increment of €531 to €22,937 and an Academic Supplement of €3,455

Candidates should submit their letter of application, six copies of their curriculum vitae, one set of copies of their certificates and names and addresses (or e-mails) of three referees. Applications may be sent by e-mail to  

Or: Director for Human Resources Management and Development, Room 214, Administration Building, University of Malta, Msida, MSD 2080

Applications should be received by noon of Friday, 2nd September 2011.

Late applications will not be considered.

Further information may be obtained from the Office for Human Resources Management and Development, Administration Building, Room 214, or from the website:  

Office of the University, Msida, 5th August 2011



Further Information

General Working Obligations:

The conditions of work for a Resident Academic of the University of Malta, are set out in the ‘Collective Agreement for Academic Staff of the University of Malta’ and the ‘Manual of Conduct and Procedures’.

The commitment of a full-time Resident Academic is based on a 40-hour week, with flexible times depending on established time-tables and distributed reasonably between teaching, academic research and other academic work (including academic administration and professional activity).

The official lecturing times of the University of Malta are Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 20:00 hours and the successful candidate will be required to lecture at any time within the official teaching times during term-time. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of one year and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.


The Department of Sociology of Education

The Department of Education Studies is mainly responsible for teaching in the areas of educational theory, particularly Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Education. The department also offers courses in a variety of related and inter-disciplinary fields, including: history of education, research methods, policy-making, comparative education, curriculum studies and adult education. Currently, it houses five programmes, namely:

1. The Programme for Critical and Creative Thinking in Education

2. The Programme for Education in Corrective Facilities

3. The Comparative Education Programme

4. The Programme for Culturally Responsive Education

5. Adult Education Programme


A hallmark of the Department is its attempt to develop and sustain a dynamic relationship between educational theory and practice, particularly by bringing analysis and empirical research to bear on educational issues that are topical in Malta and elsewhere. The department has a very high national and international research profile, with publications by its members guiding local and international educational decision-making and appearing in top refereed journals. A number of staff members also serve as advisers to the editorial boards of several journals, and have been involved as consultants with both local and foreign governmental and non-governmental organisations on a variety of projects.

Among the tasks which the appointee may be required to perform, there are:

a. To teach units of Sociology of Education and related areas, including sociological research methods (especially involving quantitative research methods) and preferably such areas as Economics of Education and Sociology of Organisations;

b. To teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;

c. To conduct research in sociology of education and related areas and to publish the product of the research in refereed journals or books;

d. To contribute to work in other areas of the department notably School Experience, PGCE (sociology component) and Teaching Practice;

e. To supervise student research in sociology of education and related areas;

f. To serve on Faculty and other University committees.


List of skills required:

. Knowledge of the sociological field with specific reference to education;

. Knowledge of both the quantitative and qualitative methodologies in education;

. Experience of teaching in schools and/or other learning settings, including university learning settings;

. Promise in conducting research that can be published internationally;

. Knowledge of recent international development in education, especially with regard to Europe and theMediterranean.


The Selection Process:

The Selection process requires:

a. The scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application).

b. Short-listing of candidates.

c. An invitation to short-listed candidates to a Selection Board interview.


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