PhD Scholarship opportunity

Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity

A three and a half-year fully funded PhD scholarship is available in the area of educational ethics with the aim of developing pedagogy to support teacher moral imagination and judgement. The scholarship is attached to an existing program of research about ethical teaching in a pluralist democracy; Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity. The successful candidate will take up a post as a PhD student in the School of Education, at The University of Newcastle, Australia. The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Daniella J. Forster and Associate Professor Tom G. Griffiths, and will be building on an existing program of research, which has indicated the need to explore relationships between critical ethical incidents, normative theories, educational policy and ethical practice and further engage with teachers’ perspectives of the ethical challenges inherent in their work. The program focuses on the identification and analysis of educational dilemmas which are intrinsic to the moral nature of teachers’ work, but specifically recognisable to Australian teachers’ experiences through the identification of localised social, political, economic, and cultural characteristics and tensions. It draws on the work of Levinson and Fay (2016) and the normative case study as a methodology. We expect that the successful applicant will engage in and extend an aspect of the existing program; this will be in consultation with supervisors. Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Candidates are expected to have a good honours degree in philosophy / social sciences and / or postgraduate qualification in education. Knowledge and experience of using qualitative research methods is desirable. Ideally, applicants will be familiar with the field of ethics in the teaching profession or have studied educational philosophy.

The successful candidate must commence their program no later than 30th November 2017 and meet eligibility requirements consistent with the Scholarship Guidelines and relevant Scholarship Conditions including English language proficiency. The scholarship provides the successful candidate with:

  1. Living allowance scholarship at the Research Training Program (RTP) rate for a period of up to 3.5 EFTSL; and
  2. Relocation and establishment allowance - up to $1,500; and
  3. Where an international HDR candidate has been identified, overseas health cover.

If you would like to pursue a PhD project in this area and want further information, please email Daniella.Forster@newcastle.edu.au in the first instance. To apply, please send your CV, including academic transcript, and a proposal outlining your interests and expertise to the address above.

Levinson, M. and Fay, J (2016) Dilemmas of Educational Ethics: Cases and Commentaries, Harvard Education Press.