Vacancy Details

Campus Location: Strathfield, Australia | Melbourne, Australia

Job No: APTAV102056#002

  • Make outstanding and original contribution to teaching and research, as well as substantial operational and strategic leadership contribution to the School of Philosophy @ ACU
  • Multiple academic opportunities at Levels B-D
  • Full time, continuing roles based at Melbourne VIC or Strathfield NSW campus

About ACU:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome. As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About Faculty of Theology and Philosophy:

The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is the largest Faculty of its kind in Australia, comprised of two national schools: the School of Theology and the School of Philosophy; and the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy. ACU has prioritised research intensification and has developed a strategy designed to achieve excellence in a selected number of areas of strategic priority, including theology and philosophy. The outcome has been a remarkable transformation in the research standing of the University. In the 2019 THE World University Rankings, ACU rose to the 401-500 band for research and specifically to the 201-300 band in the Arts and Humanities subject rankings, which includes Philosophy. The investment in theology and philosophy is further evidenced through the results of the recent assessment of research quality conducted by the Australian Research Council, known as ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia). The 2018 ERA results rank ACU first in religion and religious studies in Australia, with our research in both philosophy, and religion and religious studies rated 'above world standard'. We offer theology and philosophy for students at any stage of their life or career journey, with learning opportunities provided across multiple points of engagement, and across a variety of delivery modes. There are short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, postgraduate coursework programs, professional and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of professional learning and in-service opportunities. Our programs are conceived in collaboration with industry, community, and church leaders. They are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in an evolving, global and digital world.

About National School of Philosophy:

The ACU National School of Philosophy is one of two schools in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. With academics based on our Brisbane, Strathfield and Melbourne campuses, the School offers learning opportunities informed by innovative and responsive curriculum design, and internationally recognised research expertise across a range of areas of philosophical specialisation and methodologies. We offer Philosophy coursework from certificate to doctoral level. We run a strong and broad-based undergraduate major, as well as specialised streams in philosophical studies within the Faculty's suite of postgraduate courses. We seek to equip students with a knowledge of the history of philosophical thinking and the relevance of this history for confronting urgent contemporary problems, as well as a developed capacity to think critically when examining and assessing complex issues.

Opportunities on Offer:

ACU is seeking scholars to make outstanding and original contributions to teaching and research. Opportunities exist for academic staff at various career stages. You will need to demonstrate the following attributes, as appropriate to the level of appointment:

  • Be engaged in, or show capacity to conduct high-quality research in the areas of Moral Philosophy/Social Ethics for publication with top international journals and book publishers.
  • Demonstrate an innovative approach and leadership in learning and teaching, that enhances the student experience.
  • Contribute to leadership in academic and research administration, quality improvement, risk management and governance in line with University strategic goals.
  • Foster and be active in teaching, research and community engagement activities to develop a strong nexus between the three areas, ensuring the academic work of the School is relevant to the needs of students, researchers, industry and stakeholders.

You will need to have:

  • Doctorate by Research (PhD) in a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of research leadership including a successful track record in supervision of HDR candidates; effective mentoring to develop research capability and capacity of individuals and research teams; and evidence of the ability to strengthen the University's research capacity, capability and culture.
  • Evidence of substantial and sustained record of innovative teaching and reflective practice across all aspects of philosophical ethics, social and political philosophy (including philosophy of education), and areas of applied ethics such as bioethics, business ethics and environmental philosophy.
  • Demonstratable leadership in, and a substantial academic teaching portfolio that provides evidence of design, delivery and evaluation of innovative and quality learning environments.
  • Track record of publication in high-quality journals or presses on topics and themes relevant to the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations with other agencies, educational institutions, external communities, stakeholders and industry in order to achieve quality learning, teaching and research outcomes.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work with others to achieve outcomes and continual improvement, together with the ability to lead and implement change and motivate staff.
  • Evidence of capacity to lead a School or Faculty academic function in line with identified strategic goals.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

If you are ready for an exciting new challenge with a leading university that can offer ongoing career development and opportunities, we welcome your application.

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Total remuneration packages include salary component, employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading:

  • Lecturer (Academic Level B): $126,303 - $149,019 total rem (pro rata) per annum OR
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic Level C): $158,046 - $171,586 total rem (pro rata) per annum OR
  • Associate Professor (Academic Level D): $179,113 - $197,161 (pro rata) per annum.
    The level of appointment will be determined based on the level of experience, skills and capability of the successful candidates.

For appointed academics currently based overseas, ACU will provide support for relocation expenses and visa sponsorship.

General enquiries can be sent to Dr Jamie Parr, National Head of School, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy on: Phone +61 2 9701 4769 or Email

Candidates please note that the University is closed from 24 December 2022 and will reopen on 3 January 2023. Recruitment processes will resume in January 2023.

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ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

Advertised: 09-DEC-2022

Applications close: 22-JAN-2023 at 11:59pm AUS Eastern Standard Time

ACU does not accept candidate applications submitted by external recruitment agencies through the ACU Careers website.