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).
We are now looking for an associate professor in philosophy. The position is full-time and permanent.
Description 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.
Tasks The position involves teaching both on campus and on internet-based courses. 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 regard to the subject area of the employment and the tasks to be included in the employment will be considered eligible for the position.
The ability to teach in English is a requirement for the position. The ability to teach in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language) within two years from the start of the employment is a requirement to be eligible for the position.
Assessment criteria Research and educational expertise in the area of philosophy, experience of administrative activities, development work and leadership duties, good ability to work with others and any other abilities required for being able to carry out the tasks of an associate professor in a suitable manner constitute 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
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.
Weighing the evaluation criteria against each other The evaluation of educational expertise and research expertise will be given equal consideration. Particular importance will be given to the research and educational expertise within the philosophy subject. In weighing these two evaluation criteria, equal importance will be given to both.
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. Particular importance will be given to research expertise in the following philosophical areas: history of philosophy, epistemology, logic, philosophy of mind, metaethics, metaphysics, normative ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, applied ethics and philosophy of science. Research expertise in a wide range of these areas is particularly meritorious.
In the evaluation of educational expertise, particular importance will be given to teaching expertise in a wide range of the following philosophical areas: history of philosophy, epistemology, logic, philosophy of mind, metaethics, metaphysics, normative ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, applied ethics and philosophy of science.
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.
In addition, importance will be given to the other evaluation criteria.
Please note that digital copies of publications are to be submitted with the application. For this position, a research plan is not to be submitted.
Further information The position is full-time, 100 % and permanent. Starting date is 1 August 2022 or according to agreement. The place of work is Umeå. In order to carry out teaching, attend planning meetings and fulfill 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 philosophy, and we therefore especially encourage applications from female applicants.
Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.
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