School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education
DCU Institute of Education
10 month fixed term contract
Dublin City University
Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, ambitious and dynamic university, whose mission is to “transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement”. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Business’, DCU is a values-based institution committed to delivering impact for the public good. DCU has been named Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2021.
DCU is based on three university campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra area of North Dublin. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in five faculties of Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computing and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and DCU Institute of Education.
DCU is committed to achieving excellence in all of its activities. This is demonstrated by its world-class research initiatives, its cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning, its focus on providing a transformative student experience, and its positive social and economic impact. The university continues to develop innovative programs in collaboration with industry, such as the DCU Futures degree suite, which are designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required in a rapidly changing economy.
DCU’s pursuit of excellence has led to its current ranking among the top 2% of universities in the world. It is also one of the best young universities in the world (QS Top 100 Under 50, Times Higher Top 150 Under 100). In the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021, DCU ranked 23rd in the world for its approach to broadening participation in higher education and its continued commitment to eradicating poverty, while it ranks 38th in the globally for its work to reduce inequality and 89th globally for gender equality.
The university is ranked 23rd in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. Over the past decade, DCU has been Ireland’s leading university in technology transfer, as evidenced by intellectual property licensing.
Presentation of the department
The DCU Institute of Education is the newest faculty at Dublin City University. It is based in a 70 million euro purpose-built facility on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus at Drumcondra in Dublin. Established in 2016 as Ireland’s first university education faculty, it has over 130 full-time academics and a student body of over 4,000 students.
The Institute brings together education students from all sectors, from early childhood, primary and post-primary education, to higher and higher education. In addition to offering a range of undergraduate programs in education, the Institute offers a rich menu of taught and research-based postgraduate programs at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate levels.
As a center of expertise and excellence in teacher education and more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centers in key priority areas and has an ambitious and growing research programme. With internationally recognized experts in the fields of educational policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, sustainability, literacy, evaluation, digital learning and teacher training, the Institute offers a dynamic learning and working environment. Staff can expect to encounter opportunities for multidisciplinary work, not only at the Institute, but across the University. As one of the world’s leading young universities, DCU established its fifth and newest faculty out of the belief that educational studies and research as well as teacher preparation and support are at the heart of transforming lives and communities.
Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education believes that its students and staff, as well as its graduates, can thrive and lead in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century education.
The School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education contributes to a wide range of education-related degrees and courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School comprises a dynamic and unique group of researchers and educators working together in collaboration. Colleagues increase the national and international reputation of the School through the awarding of prestigious fellowships, the securing of large-scale research grants, and the publication of research in leading journals in the field. Staff are committed to pursuing scholarship and research in reciprocal partnership with colleagues in early childhood education and care, primary and post-primary institute settings and other system stakeholders educative.
The School is looking to recruit a Teaching Assistant to join the Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education teams on a 10-month CDD with a start date of September 1, 2022.
Teaching assistants provide support for teaching in a range of formats – lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, online and blended – at the Institute of Education. They also assist in the administration, assessment and grading of student work, under the supervision of module coordinators and other program staff. Teaching assistants are members of the school and are encouraged to be involved in the full range of school activities and in the wider activities of the Institute of Education and the University’s academic community. This position offers an attractive opportunity for personal development while working in an innovative and accommodating environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of School or other designated staff member, the position will encompass a range of duties including but not limited to the following:
- Assist in the organization and grading of assessments (research projects/assignments/presentations, etc.) under the supervision of a faculty member who has the first and last grading assignments
- Preparation of materials for and delivery of tutorials/seminars/discussion groups/workshops/and the online virtual learning environment (Loop)
- Assist the module coordinator in providing feedback on assignments to students Respond to student questions regarding module material – via appropriate communication
- under the supervision of a faculty member Assist in carrying out research activities
- Contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels under the supervision of a faculty member
- Assist in the monitoring and implementation of disinfection protocols, under the supervision of a faculty member, as needed
- Assist with student recruitment and school promotional activities, such as open house and other similar events
- Any additional administrative activities associated with teaching and supervision, as required by the school/a program
- Perform position-related administrative, teaching and assessment duties and other duties as assigned from time to time by the school principal/candidate
Qualifications and experience
The ideal person should have:
- An undergraduate degree in education. Humanities or a related discipline will be considered to have completed or is undertaking a higher level qualification
- Highly developed teamwork, technical and organizational skills, interpersonal and communication skills, digital skills and being self-motivated and flexible in their approach to their work
Commitment to promoting quality in higher education