Geography Lecturer

Do you want to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of (international) education and the social mission of higher professional education? Can you bridge the gap between teacher  education and the classroom?  

On behalf of International Teacher Education for Secondary Schools (ITESS) and the Tweedegraads Lerarenopleiding Aardrijkskunde, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is looking for a: 

Geography Lecturer    

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Who are we looking for 
Our ideal candidate 

  • Is enthusiastic, flexible, adaptable, has a good sense of humour and a passion for inspiring a new generation of international secondary school teachers.  

  • Brings experience of teaching at a Dutch secondary school (vo or (v)mbo) and/or at an international school, preferably in the age range between 11 and 16.  

  • Has a pedagogical and didactical knowledge of Geography in international or bilingual secondary schools and is familiar with one or more widely used international curricula (e.g., IB-MYP, English National Curriculum, IMYC, American Common Core) and the Dutch educational system 

  • Has a broad experience in supporting learners of Geography in groups of students with diverse backgrounds and varying language skills. 

  • Has a sustained interest in current developments in International Education and particularly in the didactics of Social Studies /Geography. Expertise in curriculum development is essential. 

  • Is dedicated to research-based practice and ideally has published work in the field of education and/or participated in research projects.  

Where will you be working 

ITESS is a new, small but expanding international community, located on a relatively small campus in Groningen, the Netherlands, a lively, old student town. We value students’ ideas and input towards the programme and the community. The Geography lecturer is expected to help deliver and co-create a curriculum in the context of Design-Based Education.  
ITESS Geography is a new programme that will start in September 2020 with a small group of students from various parts of the world. The overall curriculum structure of the four-year bachelor programme has been designed. The details of the course units in higher years still need to be developed. The Tweedegraads Lerarenopleiding Aardrijkskunde is a well-established and highly rated bachelor programme at the Leeuwarden campus of NHL Stenden. The Dutch Geography programme is taught by a dedicated team of tried and trusted teacher educators.  

What will you be doing 

Your task will be the planning, delivering and reviewing of learning sessions in the field of Geography at the Groningen and Leeuwarden campuses. You will play a major role in developing the ITESS Geography programme. We assess students’ work in the form of essays, presentations and other conceptual designs and creative testing formats. You will be supporting the ITEps team in creating and reviewing curricular approaches and in developing the academic programme  

Applicant profile 

  • Masters Degree or higher in the field of Geography, preferably including a clear component of Physical Geography. 

  • Substantial secondary school experience in Dutch and/or international education, preferably   
    in both. 

  • Preferably experience in higher education/curriculum development  

  • Profound pedagogical and didactical knowledge, including the use of ICT & technology 

  • Knowledge of current developments in education and the field of Geography 

  • A good command of English and Dutch   

We offer 

The salary, depending on age and experience, is maximum € 4.892,31 (scale 11 cao hbo) gross per month for a full-time job, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. A one-year contract will initially be offered.  

About NHL Stenden University of applied Sciences 

It happens because we make it happen. That is what we believe at NHL Stenden. We offer our students the opportunity to develop their talents to the maximum. In a challenging environment, they give direction to their study and professional growth. We maintain strong bonds with companies and organisations in both the region and abroad. As an international, multi-campus university of applied sciences we stimulate our students to look beyond their own professional field to develop new knowledge and to participate in innovative projects. We create meeting places where knowledge flows and cultures come together and where new connections with the professional field are made. In an ambitious way, NHL Stenden provides knowledge that works.  


Are you the enthusiastic and inspiring colleague that we are looking for? Please send your letter of application and CV via the button to the ITESS coördinator, Alex van der Stouwe, at stating vacancy number 2423 AVM.  


The deadline date for applications is May 26th.   


In case of further questions, you can contact Alex van der Stouwe, team leader of ITESS, telephone +31 (0)6 28 30 53 73