Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies belongs to Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities and has about 110 employees. The Department combines researchers, teachers and students within the fields of archaeology, environmental archaeology, philosophy, history, history and education, history of science and ideas, religious studies and theology under one roof. The department also hosts two national research infrastructures: The Environmental Archaeology Laboratory and the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD).

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is now looking for an associate professor in history with focus on teacher education. The position is full-time and permanent starting 1 January 2022 or according to agreement.

Tasks
The position involves teaching both on campus and on internet-based courses. Teaching takes place largely within history teacher education, but also on other courses in history and in the department’s courses within core education subjects of the teacher education.

During the first four years, the position includes 50% research in History and education with focus on teacher education, 40% teaching/administration and 10% competence development time. After the first four years, the position includes 80% teaching/administration and 20% competence development time. Competence development time is normally devoted to research and work with applications for external research funding and associate professors are expected to contribute to the development of the subject area by actively applying for external research funding. Apart from teaching, administrative tasks related to teaching as well as staff and planning meetings and meetings regarding the subject area are included in the employment.

Qualification requirements
A person who has demonstrated educational expertise and holds a doctorate in history or has attained equivalent academic competence or other professional skills relevant with regards to the subject area of the employment will be considered eligible for the position.

The ability to teach in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) within one year from the start of the employment is a requirement. Good knowledge in both spoken and written English, is also a requirement.

Assessment criteria
Research and educational expertise within the subject of history, experience of administrative activities, development work and leadership duties as well as good ability to work with others represent the evaluation criteria in the selection of the candidate.

The research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research production. The criteria for assessment are:

  • breadth and depth of research - quality and scope
  • originality of research
  • productivity
  • contributions to the international research community
  • assignments within the research community
  • the ability to competitively obtain external research funding
  • collaboration with the surrounding society

As a significant part of the position during the first four years consists of research in History and education, the quality, relevance and feasibility of the research plan are important assessment criteria. The applicant’s research plan must clearly address educational science issues linked to history, for example educational history or history didactics.

Educational expertise must have been demonstrated through documented experience of teaching on a scientific basis within higher education. The criteria for assessment are:

  • an ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and an ability to supervise and examine students at every level of education
  • an ability to vary teaching methods and examination formats in relation to anticipated study results and the nature of the subject
  • experience of collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and implementation of education
  • participation in the development of learning environments, teaching aids and study resources
  • a reflective approach to student learning and one’s own role as a teacher

These skills can be obtained through higher education teacher training, other training relevant to teaching within higher education and/or documented, proven experience of teaching in higher education.

Weighing the evaluation criteria against each other
Equal importance will be given to the evaluation of the educational expertise as well as the research expertise. Particular importance will be given to the research and educational expertise. In weighing these two evaluation criteria, equal importance will be given to both. In addition, importance will be given to the other evaluation criteria.

In the evaluation of research expertise, particular importance will be given to the ability to obtain external research funding and scientific publications with peer review.

In the evaluation of research expertise, particular importance will be given to research expertise within educational science research that is relevant to the field of history with a focus on teacher education. In this evaluation of research expertise, large importance will be given to the quality, relevance and feasibility of the research plan.

In the evaluation of educational expertise, particular importance will be given to experience and expertise within the subject area of history with focus on teacher education (including visiting students during teaching placement within the history teacher education).

The planning and execution of teaching and examination is largely carried out in teams of teachers. Importance will be given to a good ability to work with others.

The qualification and evaluation criteria can be found in the Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University: https://www.aurora.umu.se/globalassets/dokument/universitetsforvaltningen/personalenheten/regler-och-riktlinjer/vid-anstallning/appointments-procedure-for-teachers-at-umea-university-reg-no-1.1-1672-18_200309.pdf.

Application
The application must be submitted through Umeå University’s e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 31 May, 2021.

Information about which documents must be submitted with the application can be found in the Guidelines for applications for employment and promotion at Umeå University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities: https://www.aurora.umu.se/globalassets/dokument/enheter/humfak/for-vara-anstallda/personalfragor/guidelines-for-applications_employment_promotion_faculty-of-arts-ads-published-from-190923.pdf.

Please note that digital copies of publications and a research plan are to be submitted with the application.

Further information
The position is full-time and permanent. Starting date is 1 January 2022 or according to agreement. The place of work is Umeå. In order to carry out teaching, attend planning meetings and fulfil other tasks that are part of the employment, a high level of attendance at the department is required.

There are currently fewer female than male associate professors in history, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female applicants.

For more information about the position, contact subject representative Anna Larsson (+46 90-7865424, anna.larsson@umu.se), subject coordinator Jacob Stridsman (+46 90-7866094, jacob.stridsman@umu.se) or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46 90-7869990, jonas.nilsson@umu.se). For more information about the department, see: https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-historical-philosophical-and-religious-studies/. For more information about working at Umeå University, see: https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/working-at-umea-university/.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 January 2022 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-444-21
Contact
  • Anna Larsson, subject representative, +4690-7865424, anna.larsson@umu.se
  • Jacob Stridsman, subject coordinator, +4690-786 60 94, jacob.stridsman@umu.se
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +4690-786 99 90, jonas.nilsson@umu.se
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +4690-786 52 96
  • ST, +4690-786 54 31
Published 27.Apr.2021
Last application date 31.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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