Assistant Professor in Community Liaison and Student Practice Development with DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY


Assistant Professor (Above/Below the Bar) in Community Liaison and Student Practice Development
School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health 3-year CDD, part-time (0.5 FTE)

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. Over 18,000 students are enrolled in five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computer Science 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.

School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health

DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy, and Community Health has an excellent reputation for teaching and learning, research, and community engagement. The school offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses, which can be viewed at To research strengths include: community health, nursing, psychotherapy, health and social inclusion, health systems, nutrition, epidemiology, global health, child health/wellbeing, mental health, neurological/developmental disorders, sexual health and wellbeing, informatics and health technology . Of particular interest to this job opening, the School has recently developed a new Masters program in Health and Social Inclusion. The MSc is a unique interdisciplinary program which aims to help students:

  • Develop knowledge on the social determinants of health and social/health inequalities across the lifespan
  • Expand their approaches to achieve equity and inclusion in health and social care delivery among a range of marginalized populations
  • Advance leadership and research skills for the promotion of health and social inclusion.

Role Profile

A key activity for MHSI students is a 60 credit practice development project in a health/social inclusion field. The school is looking to recruit a part-time Assistant Professor in Community Liaison and Student Practice Development with particular expertise in the field of supporting postgraduate students in the context of social/health practice and leadership development. The appointee will be expected to interface between academic and student practice contexts, translate course requirements, and facilitate academic and practice-based support for the successful completion of student practice/research projects. The appointee will also contribute to the teaching, research and outreach activities of the MHSI program in the area of ​​leadership and development of health and social inclusion practice, and may potentially teach in other School programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


The successful candidate will teach primarily in the Health and Social Inclusion Masters program and will be involved in mentoring, tutoring and developing student practice in health and social inclusion. They will prepare, deliver and assess a range of modules. The total number of teaching hours is determined by the school head. In addition, they will supervise MSc student projects in Health and Social Inclusion (theses or practice development projects).

To research

The appointee will be expected to establish an independently funded collaborative research program. This program must align with the research and innovation strategies of the school, faculty and university and must foster collaborations inside and outside the school of nursing, psychotherapy and community health. Research should also be aligned with relevant local, national and European priority areas.

Service and Contribution to the University and Society

The appointee will serve as a community liaison between the university and the student practice elements of the MHSI program. In addition, the appointee will assume administrative functions related to the activities of the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and the Faculty of Science and Health. These tasks are defined by the head teacher and may include: program coordination; participation in university committees; representation of the School in marketing and student recruitment; participation in open days; organization of conferences and seminars, etc.

Qualifications and experience


  • Primary/higher degree in social/health sciences, community development, or related field
  • Qualified at Masters level or above
  • University teaching experience related to health and social inclusion/equity
  • Experience working in a community health/social inclusion practice area with a record of providing high quality support/supervision and practice development to students
  • A record of original research with publications in top international journals or, depending on career stage, shows outstanding promise in this regard


  • Have obtained a doctorate in a related field
  • Have well-established national and international networks in the field of community health and social care.

essential training

The incumbent will be required to complete the following essential compliance training: orientation, health and safety and data protection (GDPR). Other training may be required as needed.

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