Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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The Department of Culture and Media Studies belongs to Umeå University's Faculty of Arts and has about 70 employees. A unique combination of subject areas make the department a creative environment at the intersection of culture, art, literature and media. The department conducts internationally recognized, high quality research. Many research projects are directly oriented towards the Humanities Faculty’s strategic research initiatives on global challenges and digital humanities. For more information, please visit:

Description and work responsibilities
Responsibilities include research, teaching, supervision, seminar leadership, collaboration, and administrative work. More specifically, 40% research is included during the first four years of employment.  Part of the research percent must be used for research that focuses on strengthening the research connection in the undergraduate media and communication studies programs. The remaining 60% of the position consist of teaching the subject at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as PhD studies. The person appointed to the position is also expected to initiate research and apply for research funding, preferably with several people involved, and to contribute to the development of the subject and the institution.

Qualifications for the position
To be eligible for appointment as a professor of Media and Communication studies, the candidate must have demonstrated both scientific and pedagogical skills in media and communication studies (Chapter 4, § 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). Good language skills in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) and English, as well as the ability to teach in these languages constitute a requirement for employment.

Evaluation criteria
In the assessment, the primary focus is on ability, and the secondary focus is on merits (the Instrument of Government, Chapt. 12 § 5; see also the Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Umeå University, Reg. No.: FS 1.1-57-18).

Scientific ability refers to independent research efforts, the ability to plan and manage research and the ability to communicate science to the surrounding community. Assessment criteria include:

  • the breadth and depth of the research – its quality and scope
  • the originality of the research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • missions within the research community
  • the ability to receive external research funding in competition with others
  • interaction with the surrounding community

The scientific ability must have been demonstrated through independent research efforts which significantly exceed the requirements demanded of an associate professor.

The ability to communicate and interact with the surrounding community is assessed by, e.g., taking into account relevant international contacts, external collaborative projects, popular science work, participation in continuing professional development, as well as experience with other external activities.

Teaching ability refers to documented experience in the planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation of teaching, as well as a reflective approach to students’ learning and the role of the teacher. Assessment criteria include:

  • the ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching, as well as the ability to supervise and examine students at all educational levels
  • the ability to vary teaching methods and examination methods in relation to expected study outcomes and the nature of the subject
  • experience with cooperating with the surrounding community in the planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching materials and teaching aids
  • a reflective approach to students’ learning and the role of the teacher

Expertise may be obtained through studies in the field of the learning and teaching of higher education that is of relevance to the teaching conducted at the university, and/or documented, approved experience in teaching at the university level. Depending on the teaching position in question, the candidate’s ability to manage and administrate may also be considered in assessing his/her qualifications.

Other qualifications include good interpersonal skills as well as any other expertise and suitability that is otherwise considered to be a prerequisite for the proper implementation of the work responsibilities.

The place of work is Umeå and a high degree of attendance at the department is required.

Weighing the evaluation criteria against each other
The content of the position and the requirements of the activity justify the following weighting of the assessment criteria:

Particular importance shall be paid to scientific and pedagogical ability. In weighing these two criteria, greater weight shall be ascribed to scientific skill.

In assessing scientific ability, particular importance shall be ascribed to research ability in the field of media and communication studies. In the assessment of scientific ability, great importance shall be ascribed to the ability to initiate, develop and manage research in the field of media and communication studies. Great importance shall also be ascribed to the applicant's ability to generate external research funding.

In the assessment of pedagogical ability, particular importance shall be ascribed to the breadth of subject matter expertise, the breadth of educational activities, and the ability to successfully conduct PhD-level supervision. Great importance shall also be ascribed to the applicant's ability to develop the research connection in the undergraduate research programs.

Moreover, great importance shall be ascribed in the assessment of experience and the ability to develop and lead staff. Importance shall also be ascribed to other abilities which are of importance to the development of the subject area, including administrative experience and ability. Importance shall also be ascribed to the ability to develop the subject’s collaborations with other subjects. In addition, importance shall be ascribed to the ability to cooperate and communicate with the surrounding community.

For eligibility and assessment criteria, see Umeå University’s Appointments Procedure.

Information about the documentation that must be attached to the application may be found here.  

You must apply via Umeå University's recruitment system no later than February 28th 2019.

Other information
The start date of the position is by agreement.

You are welcome to apply!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1877-18
  • Karin Ljuslinder / Head of Department, +4690-786 79 48,
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +4690-786 52 96
  • ST, +4690-786 54 31
Published 08.Jan.2019
Last application date 28.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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