Associate Professor in Philosophy [closing 15.02.2021]

Страна: Швеция;

Город: Umeå

Добавлена: 21.01.2021

Работодатель: The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities

Тип: PostDoc vacancy;

Для кого: For lecturers;

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Дедлайн подачи: 15.02.2021


The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University’s Faculty of Humanities conducts education and research in the fields of archaeology, philosophy, history, history of ideas, religious studies and theology. The department is now seeking an associate professor in philosophy. The position is full-time, 100 % and permanent.

Philosophy offers study programmes and degrees at first-cycle (undergraduate), second-cycle (Master’s) and third-cycle (doctoral) level. In addition to separate philosophy courses, the department administers the Bachelor’s Programme in Philosophy and Social Analysis, and parts of the core education subjects within teacher education.

The position involves teaching both on campus and on internet-based courses. A substantial part of teaching is focused on one or more of the following areas: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and logic. In addition, the teaching content may focus on history of philosophy and ethics (including metaethics).

During the first two years, the position includes 60 % teaching/administration and 40 % skill development. After the first two years, the position includes 80 % teaching/administration and 20 % skill development. Skill development is normally devoted to research and work with applications for external research grants 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 philosophy 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) is a requirement for the position.

Assessment criteria
Research and educational expertise in the area of philosophy, experience of administrative activities, development work and leadership duties and 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

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.

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