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Job opportunity: Director of Humanities Computing ...
 
RDO/Technician

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT & HUMANITIES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION INSTITUTE (HATTI)

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

LINE MANAGED BY / RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Humanities Computing and

Information Management

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Director of Humanities Computing and InformationManagement & Head of

Music

ALC 2 £20,267 - £26,229

REF 414/01AJ

FURTHER PARTICULARS

MISSION STATEMENT:

The aims of the Department of Music are to play a full part in maintaining and enhancing the University's international standing in scholarship through the quality of its teaching, research and performance; to offer higher education to individuals of all ages and social backgrounds with sufficient ability and motivation to profit from it; and to continue to develop its role in the professional and cultural life of Scotland and of the United Kingdom as part of Europe, and of Glasgow and the West of Scotland in particular. The Department of Music has a number of specific aims and these include: to provide the intellectual environment in which high quality research, including composition and performance, can support and enrich teaching and learning; to provide the highest quality teaching and learning at all levels of each degree within the constraints of available resources; and to keep curricula up-to-date and relevant to the needs of students. The Music Department has a long involvement with technology for teaching and learning, research and teaching. Their facilities include Music Studios, and Keyboard, Computer, and Audio Laboratories. http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/music/

The Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) promotes research and teaching in the area of humanities informatics and the application of information, communication and technology within the teaching and research activities of the University's Faculties of Arts and Divinity. http://www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk/

DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES:

The development at Glasgow of an extensive, high-quality Arts and Humanities information technology environment has been a major priority of a number of years. The Music Department has an enviable record in the use of ICT (information communication and technology) and sound technology in its teaching and research. It has had many leading edge initiatives and these have improved the teaching and learning environment. To continue to meet these teaching and learning objectives the Department requires specialised support in Music.

HATII supports one of the most extensive and advanced network infrastructures of any comparable faculty in the UK HE sector. Music is a part of this infrastructure and benefits form its strategic development. Information technology figures prominently in all the Faculty's major subject areas, and there are large open-access and teaching laboratories with appropriate support staff at University, Faculty and Departmental levels. It aims to ensure that departments such as Music are at the cutting edge of technology in teaching and learning.

JOB PURPOSE

The aim of this post is to support the use of information, communication and technology in music teaching and research.

KEY TASKS SUMMARY

The Officer will be responsible for developing the use of information, communication and technology in the Department of Music. This will depend upon communication with the users (e.g. academic staff within these departments) to ensure that the technology that is being put in place is appropriate to their needs. The Officer may contribute to the Faculty's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programme managed by HATII.

The Officer's responsibilities are considered below under three main headings: teaching, research and lab management, administration and development.

a. Teaching

The Department of Music currently offers several undergraduate and postgraduate courses which either concentrate expressly on computer methods relevant to music (including real-time music technologies) or include elements of computer-aided teaching and learning.

The Officer will support these teaching initiatives. He/she may also be encouraged to develop initiatives in other departments, if appropriate:

a) Developing new teaching material and expanding and enhancing existing teaching materials (especially computer music);

b) advising staff in the preparation of materials, and assisting in the delivery of these materials;

c) identifying the suitable new technologies for use in teaching and research;

d) providing advice to students involved in courses containing computer-based learning materials; and,

e) teaching classes where appropriate.

The HATII runs an expanding academic programme in humanities computing at introductory, honours, and postgraduate level. It also organises a popular summer school on digitisation for heritage professionals. The Officer will contribute as appropriate to teaching on HATII courses (e.g. the Level 1 Introduction to Humanities Computing) and assist in developing new ones.

b. Research Support

Many staff and postgraduates in the Arts & Divinity Planning Unit, and particularly in the Department of Music, are currently involved in computer-based research. The Officer will support and promote computer-based research within the Arts & Divinity Planning Unit by:

a) Promoting the use of advanced technology to enhance the research of staff and students;

b) Advising research staff and postgraduates in the selection and use of appropriate new technology resources;

c) Providing access to training courses and demonstrations in the use of the appropriate new technology resources; and,

d) Assisting staff and postgraduates in acquiring external funding to support their computer-based research.

c. Lab Management, Administration and Development

Technical support and systems administration will be provided by the HATII infrastructure team. The Officer will liase with the team regarding provision of information resources and databases systems and technology. S/he will

a) Oversee the maintenance of and supervision of the networked computing laboratories in the Department of Music;

b) Manage lab/application support assistant, as necessary;

c) Liase with other RDO's in the Arts and Divinity Faculty to identify common resources; and,

d) Contribute to efforts to seek externally funded resources.

The Music Department has extensive high-quality audio and computing facilities, mainly based in an audio lab, a library, a research room and two Composition and Music Studios. They house a distributed network of over 40 workstations which support a wide variety of music- and audio-related applications. Most workstations are PCs, many of them configured to operate on both Windows and OpenStep platforms. There are also some NeXT and Silicon Graphics computers. Studio equipment includes Soundcraft mixers, Alesis multitrack recorders, various synthesizers, Emu samplers, Lexicon, Alesis and Drawmer processors. Included as supported music systems are Cubase VST, Cool Edit Pro, Cakewalk, csound and PD, as well as a variety of other audio and MIDI applications.

OBJECTIVES

To ensure that the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in the Department of Music is appropriate to the teaching, learning and research needs of students and staff, alike.

To ensure that ICT developments in Music are pursued in tandem with developments elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts (in the first instance) and the University.


REVIEW OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS

This job description will be reviewed in response to strategic or operational change on an annual basis.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Applicants should:

¨ possess a good first degree;

¨ have at least three years relevant work experience in the use of ICT for assisting learning, teaching, and research in time-based media (e.g. audio, moving images);

¨ have computer music skills, especially experience with compositional software;

¨ have demonstrated ability in developing computer-based teaching materials;

¨ have demonstrated skills in the delivery of teaching materials;

¨ have demonstrated Information, Communication, and Technology skills;

¨ have developed administrative skills; and,

¨ be approachable, articulate, enthusiastic.

Preference may be given for someone with a first degree in music and a postgraduate degree in Computing/Information Technology.

Terms and Conditions of Appointment

Salary will be on the ALC2 grade of the scales for academic staff; £20,267 - £26,229 per annum.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Trade Unions

By virtue of its agreement with them, the University provides the recognised Trade Unions with the names and departmental addresses of all newly appointed members of staff

Method of Application

Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Department (Recruitment Section), University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, not later than 14 September 2001. Each application should consist of the following:

1. A fully collated and stapled curriculum vitae - bound copies are not necessary
2. A covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for the

position including:

i) a brief statement on the state of your health.
ii) and for academic posts; the period of probation served

elsewhere and details of any relevant training undertaken

3. Applicant Information Form
4. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (in a sealed envelope addressed to Equal Opportunities, Human Resources Department).

Notes

(i) It is University policy to approach referees in advance of interviews, unless otherwise stated on the Applicant Information Form.
(ii) Candidates called for interview and/or subsequently appointed may be required to provide proof of qualifications
(iii) The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment

WHEN REPLYING, PLEASE QUOTE THE REFERENCE NUMBER

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