About Azim Premji University
Azim Premji University was established through the Azim Premji University Act, 2010 by the Karnataka Legislature. The University has been founded with the express purpose of contributing to and enhancing the quality of teaching, research and practice in education and development in the country.An integral part of the vision of the Azim Premji Foundation, Azim Premji Universityworks closely with the different institutions of the Foundation across the country. This connects it directly to the world of practice and the ground realities of India.
Faculty Positions at Azim Premji University
We welcome applications from academicians in the areas indicated below with interest and experience in the fields of education and development. We also invite applications from practitioners in these fields. We are looking for people whose work reflects an underlying concern with equity, justice and sustainability. Research and work related to the underprivileged and a deep and nuanced understanding of India’s social, political and cultural context and tremendous diversity would be particularly appropriate. The University is characterized by its commitment to academic freedom, its uncompromising insistence on integrity at all levels and its culture of rigorous pluralism, which we believe are critical to fulfil our mission of creating outstanding and effective programmes of learning, research and advocacy in education, development and allied fields
Sociology and social anthropology are key disciplines for the project of the Azim Premji University. They examine human struggles and strivings in the context of social structure, culture and institutions. They seek to understand the meanings of actions and to interpret the cultures and discourses within which humans live and make choices. Sociology and social anthropology thus provide important insights into processes of education and development, valuable to all who seek to make significant interventions in these domains. In the context of our university, we are looking for sociologists and social anthropologists whose work rests on an underlying concern with equality, justice and sustainability. People who display an eagerness to relate to and work with the under-privileged would be preferable.
Economic theory has been at the forefront of attempts to explain the nature of development. This role, while prominent, has received sustained and often sharp criticism from other social sciences. There is a strong movement within the scholarship on development that argues that economic analysis and understanding, while crucial, has to interact with and be informed by those that highlight other equally important perspectives. This debate has, arguably, led to a widening of the intellectual bases of economic thought taking the subject into even closer interaction with psychology, sociology, politics , history and ecology. The University invites applications from scholars who locate the role of economics in the understanding and practice of development in this broad canvas and are keen to teach and research within an interdisciplinary environment that we aspire to be. Economics of development, environmental change, institutions, education, health, human capital and related areas are of interest.
Historical understanding is a key dimension of any scholarly effort to locate debates on development. India has a unique historical location as an ancient civilisation that had a profound impact on world history in many ways – including for example, as an economic powerandas a wellspring of religious and secular philosophies of great distinction. In modern times India was deeply integrated into the global capitalist system as part of the “colonial project”. We invite applications form historians who wish to teach and research this rich domain and help students and practitioners understand the complex ways in which history informs, conditions and influences the present.
Development is inextricably embedded in political processes and the politics of institutions intensely interacts with other social and economic factors. In addition, the state and the impact of state power on markets and society in general is a critical area of study that any student of development needs to engage with. The interaction and negotiation between political institutions of governance and other contesting social formations is a key domain of interest in a fast changing society like India. This area of scholarship, therefore is of key importance and we invite applications to faculty positions here. Political theory, politics of development, politics of post-independence India, law and governance in India and politics of public policy are some of the areas of relevance to us.
Psychology has an undisputed role in the understanding of teaching, learning and schooling. Research in psychology in the past few decades has contributed valuable insights into the nature of child development. Indian education systems have barely begun to adopt and internalise the implications of these research programmes. The University considers the various branches of psychological research - social, cognitive, developmental and educational - to be of critical importance. Psychologists who have strong interest in teaching and research in these areas an encouraged to apply.
Early Childhood Care and Education
It is increasingly clear that early experiences influenced by social, economic and biological circumstances have deep influence on child development. Early interventions that compensate for disadvantage and deprivation are therefore of critical importance. India is still to orient its policies toward addressing challenges in this area. We invite applications from educators, social scientists, psychologists and policy specialists with a strong interest in this area to apply.
The University has a strong interest and focus in philosophy of education without, however, excluding issues of general philosophy. Our interest is in the body of knowledge concerning education that philosophers have built over centuries, including methods of philosophical investigation. We aim to acquaint our students with this body of philosophical knowledge but emphasise more the disposition to enquire into meaning, justification, assumptions and implications of educational ideas.
Scholars we are looking for should have a deep knowledge of some area of philosophical enquiry, a disposition to engage in examination of ideas with an open mind, a willingness to employ their philosophical knowledge and capabilities in the study of education, and an interest in teaching and helping students become good philosophers of education.
Mathematics and Science Education
The teaching and learning of Mathematics and the Sciences have a critical role in the school curriculum. The importance of making Mathematics and Science education conceptually sound and at the same time relevant to the students cannot be over-emphasized. In spite of several decades of curriculum and methodology renewal in these areas, there continues to be concern about the quality of teaching of these subjects in our schools. We invite practitioners and academics who have strong interest and experience in this area to apply. The University intends to dramatically expand its capability to teach and explore this area both in its degree programmes and also in the continuing education programmes.
A Note on Teaching
Azim Premji University encourages and supports its faculty members in acquiring and strengthening strong capabilities in teaching and research. Excellence in teaching is key goal of the University. We believe that higher education in Indianeeds a systematic focus on teaching excellence and processes that support development of teaching capacities of a high order. Our students come from diverse academic and socio-economic backgrounds. The University is also explicitly committed to admitting students with disadvantaged backgrounds. We have found that delivering coherent programmes where all students are addressed and supported equitably requires a high level of cooperation and dialogue between faculty members in coordinating the curriculum and pedagogy. The University is deeply committed to making this happen.
The University and its Values
Azim Premji University aspires to develop into a national institution of excellence in education and development. A community of faculty drawn from backgrounds in academics and practice is a central pillar of such an institution. The University encourages openness and transparency in its academic and administrative practices. It has striven to build a collegial and dialogic atmosphere among faculty and students. We expect and encourage every new faculty member to take these goals and values seriously and contribute fully to sustaining a pluralistic and intellectually vibrant institutional space.
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Covering letter indicating the position, subject area of your interest and professional statement of purpose
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