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Lecturer in Education (Special Educational Needs)
Position Duration: Fixed-Term Contract (3 Years)

The successful candidate will work at pre-undergraduate, undergraduate and post-graduate levels within the Education Department of St. Angela’s College and will have specific duties in the area of Special Educational Needs (SEN), in particular in the specialist area of Autism.



The broad responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching in the areas of Autism/SEN/Education within the Education Department at pre-undergraduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate level, and across relevant College programmes in line with College policy;
  • Contributing to course design, delivery and policy formation including continuous development and updating of courses / programmes in Autism/SEN/Education within the Education Department;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of relevant programmes and revision and development of programmes on an ongoing basis;
  • Programme administration and preparation of reports;
  • Undertaking research and publication of articles within the area of Autism/SEN/Education;
  • Making a teaching contribution to the work of the Education Department in one or more of the following: Sociology of Education, Philosophy of Education, History of Education, Curriculum Studies, Educational Management, Professional Studies and Research Methodology;
  • Supervision, tutoring and assessment of student research and assignments at pre- undergraduate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • Tutoring / supervision of students on School Placement, Microteaching and engaged in the practicum element of SEN courses;
  • Attendance and participation in all meetings of Examination Boards, Education Department and other groupings;
  • Consultation with students and the broader learning community;
  • Academic administration, including attendance and participation in meetings of the Education Department, and other groupings;
  • Contribution to the ongoing development of the Education Department as a whole;
  • Other such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Education and/or College President.


These responsibilities may change given the emerging priorities, initiatives and work programme within the Education Department/College in an ever-changing higher education environment.


Person Specification: 

Candidates likely to be called for interview will have most or all of the following:

  • Relevant Post-Graduate qualification in Autism/SEN to Masters Level;
  • Teaching experience in Autism/SEN in Special Schools/Special Classes/Mainstream Primary Schools


  • Teaching experience in Autism/SEN at Post-Primary level;
  • Specialist expertise in Autism;
  • Substantial knowledge of Education in general, of Special Education, in particular Autism, and of current developments in these areas;
  • High level of management, organisational and ICT skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills at professional and academic levels.

The successful candidates will most likely also possess some or all of the following:

  • An ability to contribute to one or more of the Educational disciplines taught by the Education Department;
  • Potential to carry out research and publish in relevant journals;
  • An understanding and knowledge of the Irish education sector particularly in relation to trends relating to Autism/SEN/Education;
  • An ability to work on own initiative and as part of an integrated team;
  • An ability to lead and contribute to the development of relevant initiatives of the Education Department.


Reporting Relationship:

Reporting will be to the Head of the Education Department and /or President.



Three-Year, Fixed-Term Contract from September 2017 to August 2020. 



The salary will be at the appropriate point of the Lecturer Scale in line with current Government Pay Policy. (Revised New Entrant Scale: €46,143 - €79,147).



The post will be based at St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo and some assignments will require attendance at other sites.



Interested applicants should submit a letter of application together with a Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of three referees to:

The HR Department, St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo, or email to

Canvassing will disqualify. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo National Vetting Bureau procedures.

Closing date for receipt of applications is August 21st at 4.00pm


St. Angela’s College, Sligo are an Equal Opportunities employer.