AIB Professor (Scale 2) in Sustainable Business


Made possible by the generous support of Allied Irish Banks PLC, UCC will appoint the AIB Professor (Scale 2) of Sustainable Business. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic who will provide the leadership required to enhance multi-disciplinary sustainability research and education provision at CUBS.

Candidates will have an established international reputation for research as evidenced through a considerable portfolio of publications in refereed journals of substantial international standing (publications in the 3 and 4 star ranked journals by the Chartered Association of Business Schools will be preferred). Candidates will also demonstrate their experience in delivering high quality teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education levels and which is clearly aligned with our vision of creating more responsible business leaders that design and deliver more sustainable organisations and work for the longer-term benefit of society, business and individuals. Candidates can be from any of the disciplines covered by the School and relevant research areas may include but are not limited to; modelling of the business impacts of global warming, sustainable finance, sustainable supply chains, ESG reporting and strategy, corporate socialresponsibility, consumer behaviour and sustainable consumption, decent work and well-being; diverse and inclusive organisations, sustainability entrepreneurship, environmental economics, analytics and sustainability, digital transformation and business model disruption and innovation. Candidatesmustdemonstrate how their research is aligned to the United Nations SDGs.

The candidate will also be able to demonstrate extensive experience and interest in making a substantial contribution to leadership of sustainable business research and education in Cork University Business School. This should include experience and willingness to engage in and lead multi-disciplinary collaborations, taking on substantial roles of responsibility and active engagement with relevant external stakeholders.

Duties of the Post

Leadership | Teaching and Examining | ResearchContributions

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the University, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Dean of Cork University Business School or nominee.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, statutory provisions will take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.


  1. Demonstrate a clear vision and strategy to support the development of Sustainable Business through research, teaching and scholarship;
  2. Undertake leadership, administrative, managerial activities and tasks, as appropriate, that support and add value to Cork University Business School;
  3. Mentor, support and advise junior scholars as appropriate and assist in their academic career
    development in teaching and research.


  1. Engage in high quality and productive research and scholarship of international standing and contribute to and lead the advancement of knowledge within his/her  discipline and publish his/her research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship which propels forward the CUBS vision of shaping leaders for more sustainable futures, in particular publications in the 3 and 4 star ranked journals by the Chartered Association of Business Schools will be preferred;
  2. Carry out and lead as appropriate, initiatives in generating research income and assist in the co-ordination of research funding activities within the school, that  advances research on sustainable business;
  3. Supervise students undertaking research projects (especially at PhD and postdoctoral level);
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the area of sustainable business, including multi-disciplinary research, and the senior level of the post.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Promote excellence in teaching and learning and support in both the development and the application of innovative teaching and learning methodologies within Cork University Business School and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  2. Teach and examine on courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education levels;
  3. Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  4. Contribute to, and take a leadership role where appropriate in the management, regular evaluation of curricula, and the development of new curricular initiatives and programmes;
  5. Perform a significant role in the development of postgraduate studies at UCC;
  6. Play a significant role in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of the curriculum within his/her subject areas.
  • To give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient;
  • also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • To give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • To hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner;


  1. Enhance the promotion of our sustainable business research and education agenda both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  2. Serve, if required as head of one of the College’s academic units, subject to relevant University regulations, statutes and management requirements;
  3. Actively seek to develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Play a significant role in the administrative duties of Cork University Business School and act as a member of such committees as may be required within the University;
  5. Fulfil other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of department/school;
  6. Carry out other duties which may arise as identified in the University statutes. 
  • To carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • As a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • To serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as may reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

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  1.  PhD in an area relevant for Sustainable Business as broadly defined [ESSENTIAL]


  1. the ability and willingness to contribute substantially to the development of Sustainable Business research and education within the strategic frameworks of the College of Business and Law and the University; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. demonstratable evidence of leadership experience in both research and education; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. excellent communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with playing a significant role within a team of committed academic and administrative colleagues together with the demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment. [ESSENTIAL]


  1. international standing as a leading researcher and scholar in the domain of sustainable business (broadly defined) as evidenced through high quality and quantity of refereed journal publications of substantial international standing (publications in the 3 and 4 star ranked journals by the Association of Business Schools will be preferred); [ESSENTIAL]
  2. a track record and drive to attract competitive research funding; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. evidence of an international reputation and peer recognition through research and scholarly activity within the broad domain of sustainable business/primary discipline, including research supervision, examining, editing and refereeing, as appropriate including demonstrable experience in contributing to multi-disciplinary research. [ESSENTIAL]

Teaching and Examining

  1. evidence of high quality achievement in and commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and learning in the area of Sustainable Business, at undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education levels and a willingness to both contribute to and lead in the development of educational programmes offered by the school; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. evidence of a contribution to innovation in teaching and in curriculum or programme development, review and evaluation; [DESIRABLE]
  3. the ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment and where the opportunity has existed, to develop and lead postgraduate supervision to doctorate level; [ESSENTIAL]
  4. a familiarity with, and willingness to use modern teaching technologies. [ESSENTIAL]


  1. proven administrative experience and evidence of holding significant positions of responsibility; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. evidence of significant participation in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies; [DESIRABLE]
  3. ability to participate in, and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large. [ESSENTIAL]


  1. an understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. a commitment to the long term development of the area of sustainable business and primary discipline. [ESSENTIAL]

For further information about this specific post please contact Prof Thia Hennessy at

Applications for this post

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