Purpose of Position:

This is an academic position within the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning. The main responsibility of the post-holder will be to provide academic leadership to support the delivery and development of our education professional development programmes for the Further Education and Training (FET) sector and related areas and to contribute to the overall delivery and development of CELL programmes. It is anticipated that the post-holder will be programme director for a number of professional development micro-credential awards

As a member of the Centre’s academic team, the post-holder will also advance the development of college-wide Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategies and policy and practice in these areas. As such, the role involves occasional responsibilities in relation to the professional development of staff and faculty on the scholarship and practice of learning, teaching and assessment in higher education and participation on academic committees. 

Centre of Education and Lifelong Learning
The Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning delivers programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level on both a full-time and part-time basis, in the areas of initial teacher education for the Further Education and Training (FET) sector, early childhood education, adult and workforce education and professional development for educators. These include the Master of Arts in Educational Practice, Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Practice for Teaching in Further Education, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care. 
Further information on CELL may be found here:

Reporting to:

Director of Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL)

Key Relationships:

  • Director of Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning 
  • Vice-President of NCI, Deans, Vice-deans in Schools of Computing and Business 
  • Academic Operations and Programme Co-ordinators
  • The Director and colleagues in the Early Learning Initiative
  • Placement Supervisors and Placement Tutors
  • Principal and teaching staff in the FET sector 
  • Education networks in the Further Education and Training sector (including Programme Approvals Committee (PAC), Teaching Council, SOLAS, ETBs, Early Childhood Ireland, Plé, and FE Colleges). 
  • Students, Associate Faculty 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • As a lecturer in education the post-holder will bring a range of teaching capabilities in at least two sub-disciplines of education such as: strategies of learning and teaching, education practice in placements, technology enhanced learning, curriculum development, professional identity, diversity and inclusion, coaching and mentoring, workplace learning, digital learning design, education for sustainability and recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL). 
  • Act as an Academic Programme Director on college programmes 
  • Design and deliver curriculum and education innovations in relation to programme improvement and academic enhancement.
  • Occasionally develop and deliver teaching and learning professional development programmes for NCI faculty and staff. 
  • Provide professional support to students in their learning activities. 
  • Facilitate tutorials associated with lectures. 
  • Participate in programme committees as appropriate. 
  • Engage in academic research, agreed consultancy and development work as appropriate. 
  • Preparation for teaching and all other work-related activity. 
  • Provide such information as may be required by the College related to the activities of the role. Engage in the assessment processes of the College by setting and marking examinations and assignments and attending assessment boards and liaising with external examiners. 
  • Set, correct and give written feedback on project work, research work and dissertation. 
  • Undertake the duties of the role in accordance with the requirements of the College Quality Assurance arrangement. 
  • Facilitate skills development workshops. 
  • Liaise with library re: reading materials, booklists, etc. 
  • Develop new and existing course material, using new learning technology and learning delivery contexts. 
  • Lecture on certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes on a broad range of education related subjects. 

Programme Development:

  • Assist in the drafting of submission documents, liaise with the validating bodies, promote, implement and review programmes. 
  • Assist in the development of existing programmes and new programmes. 
  • Drafting submission documents, liaison with the validating bodies, promoting, implementing and reviewing programmes. 


Carry out research relevant to the field of education including regular publications and presentations in peer reviewed journals and presentations at both national and international conferences.


  • Be available to students outside of class contact hours for guidance and support. 
  • Represent the college at functions and promotional events such as exhibitions, school visits, open days, recruitment evenings and other external events. 
  • Act as a supervisor or mentor for students completing specialist topics and dissertations. 
  • Work on short courses, training and consultancy. 
  • Visit students in placement settings as appropriate for educational practice programmes. 

  Key Requirements: 

  • The appointee will be expert in education with specialist knowledge of scholarship and practice in at least one of the following areas: strategies of learning and teaching, education practice in placements, technology enhanced learning, curriculum development, professional identity, diversity and inclusion, coaching and mentoring, workplace learning, digital learning design, education for sustainability and recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL). The post-holder should have teaching competence in at least two of these areas.

Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • PhD in Education or closely connected discipline is highly desirable. Candidates on a PhD track will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Excellent teaching skills 
  • Demonstrate capability to develop new programmes 
  • Experience of initial teacher education or professional development especially in relation to the FET sector
  • Experience of teaching in Higher Education 
  • Knowledge of Irish education sector policies and practice  
  • Ability to prepare course material and programme documentation 
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends 
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate 
  • Adherence to professional standards of teaching 
  • Excellent communication skills, time management and digital technology skills 
  • He/she must be a self- starter with the ability to work independently
  • Active research and academic publication track record in the scholarship of educational practice and/or learning and teaching or related fields




The appointment will be at Assistant Professor/Academic I or Assistant Professor/Academic II Salary Band depending on experience and qualifications.  

  • Academic II - €53,836 - €80,759
  • Academic I- €37,271 - 55,909
Annual Leave: 

34 Days per annum pro rata


Full Time

To Apply:

Please apply with a CV and cover letter both in PDF format ONLY, quoting reference number: NCI 1038 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie by 5:00 pm, 23rd July 2024

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Assistant Professor in Education are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the College.

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College. #

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2014 as amended

Data collected for the purposes of recruitment activities

NCI conducts recruitment processes to fill vacancies within the college. When applying for these competitions applicants are asked to submit a range of documents, e.g., a completed application form, CV and/or a personal statement or cover letter. For the purposes of recruitment activities, we will not collect any personal data that we do not need to assess your candidature for a role with us.

Legal Basis for Processing

NCI ’s legal basis for the processing of this data is a combination of individual consent, contractual necessity and legal obligations.

Withdrawal of Consent

Applicants can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time by notifying the College. It is important to note that withdrawal of consent prior to the completion of the process will be considered as a withdrawal of the application.

What we do with your data

People who are directly employed by NCI and are based in Ireland process all the personal data collected for both recruitment and HR purposes.


HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

Sharing of your data

Where you have been successfully shortlisted for a post, each interview panel member will be furnished with a copy of the relevant information of those who will be attending interview in order that they can review applications in advance of the interview process. All such information will be returned to NCI and shredded following the competition process. Some of the interview panel will be external interviewers, who are not employees of NCI but are engaged for the purpose and are strictly subject to the rules and policies of the College. #


Applicants can request and receive access to their data at any time and can request and receive a copy of this data, in electronic/transferable format.


Applicants can request the data held be erased. In this case, the application for a position is considered withdrawn.


Applicants can have any incorrect information corrected.

Objection / Withdraw

Applications can object to this information being processed and/or can request to withdraw from the application process


Applicants can make a complaint to our internal Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

NCI Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Tel (Direct): + 353 1 4498 523 ; Tel (Reception): + 353 1 4498 500

And/or make a complaint to the relevant authority

Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28

Tel: +353 (0) 761 104 800

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is a Member of the Athena SWAN Charter. NCI is committed to serving our diverse community and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

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