Professor/ Associate Professor in Positive Psychology Malaysia
Heriot-Watt University
29 Apr 2020, GB
hace 4 días

About our Team

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is a UK university campus based in Putrajaya, Malaysia. HWUM is the second international campus of Heriot-Watt University ("HWU") which is a leading research-intensive UK university, specialising in science, technology, engineering, business, languages, textiles and design.

With an international reputation for scientific and technological excellence, the University is truly global in scope and scale with a campus in Dubai, three campuses in Scotland and over 150 partners world-wide.

HWUM is operating from a stunning, purpose-built, eco-friendly, lakeside campus that currently has more than 2,000 students.

Beside the academic offerings that range from Foundation to Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Business, Engineering, Construction, Actuarial Science and more, the university is a pioneer in Impact-Based and Positive Education aiming at developing Purpose-driven, resilient and world-ready graduates.

With a highly motivated community, state-of-the-art learning resources and world-class learning and teaching facilities, the Putrajaya campus is a dynamic and stimulating place to study, grow and flourish.

Students studying at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia undertake a well-structured developmental programme that takes them in four stages to develop the skills of knowing and leading self, leading teams, leading communities and leading enterprise.

This inculcates emotional intelligence, interpersonal and analytical skills sought after by employers. Learning outcomes and standards are identical across all campuses which enables students to seamlessly transfer between campuses.

Detailed Description

Building on the foundation that has been laid by the Malaysia campus, we are now seeking to recruit a dynamic and motivated academic with extensive experience of teaching and research in the areas of positive psychology / positive education.

The successful candidate will be expected to head the formation of a new research institute in Positive Education across our global campuses and provide core leadership to the Psychology academic team at Malaysia campus.

The successful candidate will also be expected to develop strong links to colleagues at the Scottish campuses to deliver high quality learning and teaching, to lead the development of high quality programmes for our students, and to develop strong applied research profile in association with the Academic Schools in the UK.

Furthermore, the successful candidate will be responsible to establish a vibrant industry-linked programme portfolio for international industry partners.

The postholder will be expected to have a broad knowledge of a range of topics within the sphere of their chosen discipline, and an established track record in research activities.

The postholder will be required to have in-depth knowledge and experience in positive psychology and positive education.

The role will be based at the University's campus in Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia. Programmes will be delivered in English and so fluency in English is essential.

An induction programme will be delivered to all new academic staff in August 2020 on Heriot-Watt's standards and values, and to give practical experience on preparation, delivery and assessment of teaching.

Key duties and responsibilities

Head the development of a new research institute in Positive Education that align with the University’s Strategy 2020 plan leading to the recognition of the Institute as an international centre of excellence for positive education.

Assume overall leadership and accountability in making sure that programmes delivered to the right quality and standard and ensure that quality assurance processes, such as student feedback, academic reviews and the professional accreditation, are carried out effectively and timely.

Lead, manage and coach for high performance of a team of academic staff and be responsible for academic planning and workload distribution.

Working with the Deputy Provost, Associate Head of School and UK Heads of Schools in the selection and appointment of new academics, research, professional services and laboratory support staff.

Ensure students well-being and support student activities including managing issues of discipline, appeals and complaints.

Assume overall responsibility in ensuring that efficient and effective operations at the discipline group level.

Take an active role in student recruitment and be responsible for the overall growth of the psychology programmes.

Support the development of the campus including through participation in the planning process, the Executive Management Committee and the Academic Council.

Undertake teaching and assessment duties on academic programmes. Support colleagues within the School of Social Sciences and other Schools at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia in the delivery of courses and other activities to support the delivery of HWUM's aims.

Set a leading example in building and conducting world class research in the University's research areas globally, specifically in positive psychology.

Develop and maintain strong links with business and industry, external organisations and the education sector.

Assist the University leadership in delivering the strategic goals set and achieve the overall mission and vision of the University globally.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post and its general responsibilities.

Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and / or priorities and requirements evolve.

Education, qualifications and experience

This section details the attributes e.g. skills, knowledge / qualifications and competencies which are required in order to undertake the full remit of the role.


Specific Requirements (if any)

Means of Assessment

Education & Qualifications

PhD or equivalent in appropriate discipline

Member of appropriate professional body

Fellowship with a recognised professional body or relevant learned society


Teaching experience at both UG and PGT levels

Supervision of PGR students to completion

Clear communicator with good presentation skills, explaining concepts well

Proven track record of research in positive psychology

Experience of maintaining and developing new links with industry

Experience in leading an international research team

Application form and interview

Competencies, Skills & Knowledge

Possess strong leadership qualities.

Able to build trusting teams.

Fluent (verbal and written) in English

An ability to apply knowledge acquired from research into teaching materials and methods

Willingness and potential to identify and develop independent / collaborative portfolio of research

Experience in developing bespoke industry programmes for a variety of stakeholder’s needs e.g. emotional intelligence, work psychology, employee engagement, etc.

Application form and interview

Special Factors (if applicable)

Essential Criteria - these are attributes without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full remit of the role.

Applicants who do not clearly demonstrate in their application that they possess the essential requirements will normally be eliminated at the short-listing stage.

Desirable Criteria - these are attributes which would be useful for the candidate to hold. When shortlisting, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential criteria.

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