Open Position | Freelance Commission

Adjunct Faculty for MSc programme in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology

About The Alef Trust

The Alef Trust is a global provider in transformative education and training based in the UK. We offer postgraduate education programmes and community programmes, which promote holistic psychological frameworks and perspectives, nurturing the development of human consciousness and culture. We also undertake research and provide consultancy and leadership for private and public sector organisations, building creative community projects and business engagements.

In all our work we aim to foster wellbeing and health, cultural self-expression and inclusivity, ecological sustainability, and compassionate service to the world. Whilst being rooted in academic excellence, all our programmes encourage personal and professional growth through multiple ways of knowing, embracing creative, spiritual and somatic practices alongside intellectual study. 

Students from across all our programmes have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic international learning community, in which mind, body and spirit are equally honoured.

Our educational programmes include postgraduate (Certificate, Diploma, Masters and PhD) as well as Open Learning routes for those who want to study for personal enrichment. We facilitate all of our educational programmes online, providing 1-to-1 virtual tuition and guidance.

We are partnered with Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, which quality assures our academic programmes and awards the degree certificates.

Details of Appointment

We are seeking teaching faculty for our online Master’s programme in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. We are looking for lecturers with a specialist expertise in a range of areas, including

  1. consciousness studies,
  2. integrative practice, and
  3. research design and transpersonal research methods.

A fuller brief on each subject area is provided below. We are looking for individuals who have broad knowledge of the subject area(s) and will be able to join existing teaching teams in various modules, working collaboratively to explore a wide spectrum of theoretical and applied perspectives. 


The posts involve teaching online, developing/updating course curricula, and undertaking student assessment in collaboration with colleagues, as well as associated administrative tasks. 

Successful candidates will join an international team of academics, educators and practitioners in the field of consciousness studies and transpersonal psychology. We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to help build and develop our growing team and community by contributing to our online postgraduate programmes. We see these roles as evolving and are looking to recruit individuals who resonate strongly with the vision of the company, who wish to become involved on a longer-term basis, and who are keen to develop and expand their remit as our organisation continues to grow.

Essential Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge

  • PhD in the field of transpersonal psychology or related area. Familiarity and personal alignment with the field of transpersonal and consciousness studies. In depth knowledge of specific subject area. 
  • Excellent communication skills and empathic approach to interacting with a diverse, international team and student constituency. 
  • Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal instruction, as well as collaboratively, completing teaching and assessment tasks within given schedules and in tandem with colleagues.  
  • Expected to work remotely from own office. Full office setup with latest computer equipment and software, as well as high-speed internet access, is essential. Excellent computer skills and ability to work with MS Office suite as expected, as well as familiarity and confidence with online learning environments, utilizing forums and webinar software.

Core Tasks and Responsibilities

We are looking for individuals with expertise in the following areas and are interested in hearing from candidates who can contribute to teaching and research-supervision in one or several of these modules. Note that in the UK Master’s programmes are divided into ‘modules’, i.e. units of learning with their own approved aims and learning outcomes and assessment methods. Each module is taught and assessed within a semester or across the whole year.


Approaches to Consciousness (runs September – March each year)

This module explores the variety of scholarly approaches that have contributed to our contemporary understanding of consciousness. It recognises an integral and post-materialist perspective as crucial in terms of the methodologies we apply, the levels of explanation that are appropriate, and – most important – our personal sense of exploration. This module explores the science of consciousness via three main content sections: 

1) The Fundamentals, which includes an introduction to philosophical approaches to consciousness as well as considerations around how our beliefs about the nature of reality impact our perspectives on consciousness;
2) Neuroscientific approaches to consciousness, including a consideration of potential links between neuroscience and mysticism;
3) Spiritual and mystical approaches to consciousness, including debates over “pure consciousness” and perspectives from spiritual traditions such as Buddhism.

The module integrates material from approaches as diverse as cognitive neuroscience, quantum physics, philosophy, depth psychology, and mysticism in exploring the above content areas. Note that faculty are not expected to be subject-matter experts in all of these topics. Together, the faculty team provides breadth and depth of experience to cover the content.  

Learning through Integrative Practice (runs September to June each year)

This module offers students the opportunity to devise and undertake a schedule of integrative practice, fostering whole-person development through engagement in bodily, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal modalities. The central aim is reflexive inquiry, fostering the development of critical self-evaluation in the student as a researcher of their own experience. The devised schedule is to be followed for a period of six months and includes at least 100 hours of personal experiential work. Each student keeps a learning journal and has regular reflective meetings in a group setting supervised by tutors. The personalized schedule of integrative practice is accompanied throughout by lectures, experiential sessions and set readings, exploring integral, transpersonal, and participatory theory. A process report and final essay offer the opportunity to reflect further on the practices undertaken, considering personal impact and wider implications for transpersonal scholarship and practice.

Research Design (runs September to June each year)

This module provides an epistemological framework for the production and assessment of knowledge in the social sciences, focusing on qualitative and mixed methods, as well as an appreciation of the specific concerns of transpersonal psychology. The module covers the fundamentals of research design in order to allow a critical appreciation of the issues involved. Students get ‘hands on’ experience through a group project, using appropriate methodology. The module is a precursor to the research dissertation module, and encourages students to begin planning towards their own individual research in one of the areas covered by the programme.

Master’s dissertation supervision (runs September to September each year)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an independent research project under the supervision of a member of the teaching team. The module also includes the opportunity to present on-going research to peers and staff as well as providing critical feedback for such presentations. Together, these elements combine to provide an integrated framework for students to develop as independent researchers and scholars. 

In addition, we have opportunities for appropriately qualified candidates to join our supervisory teams for the PhD in Applied Transpersonal Psychology. This is a collaborative research programme between Alef Trust and Liverpool John Moores University. 

Each of the above modules is taught by a team of lecturers. The tasks involved in teaching each of the above modules generally include:

  • Collaborative development of course curriculum & pedagogy
  • Yearly update of course teaching sites in the Collaborative Learning Environment (Canvas)
  • Design and facilitation of webinars, experiential sessions, and written forums
  • Student supervision (e.g. one-to-one or group meetings)
  • Grading of assignments
  • Attendance at induction, team meetings and relevant training

Remuneration and Work Arrangement

Hours: These roles are offered as a part-time opportunity, and they involve delivering a 20-credit or 60-credit Master’s module which starts in September each year. 

Contract Type: Fixed-term freelance commission, reviewed annually. We are looking for individuals who wish to become involved on a longer-term basis.

Location: Online, home office setup with fast internet access essential. 

Fees: Varied, according to experience and negotiated teaching load. Typically, a full teaching position on a 20-credit module attracts a fee of £3,000 (British Pound Sterling). 

Start date: 1st September 2023

This is a freelance commission. Candidates will be expected to take responsibility for tax liability according to the laws of the country of residence. The appointment is offered for one year in the first instance with potential of further extension.

How to apply

Applications should be made via email and should include the following: 

  • Curriculum Vitae. 
  • Your letter of application, outlining your teaching philosophy, as well as telling us why you wish to apply for the post and what makes you a suitable applicant. Please be sure to address the skills and knowledge required for this role, letting us know which modules who could contribute to and outlining your subject expertise. 
  • A recent professional letter of recommendation.

Applications open immediately and screening will continue until the positions are filled. A first round of interviews is likely to be held in week beginning 19th June 2023. 

Please send your application by email to: 
Nick Theo, Programme Manager & Registrar:

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