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Associate Professor - pedagogy in Kindergarten teacher education

Deadline: 23.01.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and sports has one available position (temporary for one year) as Associate Professor within pedagogy in Kindergarten teacher education

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports has four departments with staff in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. This Faculty is one of the largest teachers training institutions in the country with around 6200 students and a staff of 550, offering kindergarten teacher training, primary and secondary school teacher training for Classes 1-7 and 5-10, practical pedagogical education and Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD programmes.

The faculty will offer an extensive programme of continuing and further education. Research activities at the Faculty are organised into research programmes and research groups.

The position will be linked to the Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Studies at our Bergen campus with a special focus on supporting pedagogy in kindergarten teacher education and to stimulate internationalisation in the Department in the milieu of pedagogy. The person appointed will also be associated to KINDknow – research centre.

Workplace is Bergen.

Duties and responsibilities:

We are seeking applicants who will be able to make a contribution towards a strengthening of internationalisation an international collaboration in education and research. Furthermore tasks will be to encourage staff and students mobility and support intercultural pedagogy and education for diversity in curriculum and education, as well as in research projects.

This will involve the following:

  • Support staff and leaders to ensure a research based and international curriculum in pedagogy
  • Teaching and supervising regular as well as international programs on relevant topics (could be at bachelor, master or PhD level)
  • Enhance internationalisation in staff by supporting publication processes, web-communication and editorial work
  • Welcoming and mentoring exchange students at PhD and masters level and guest researchers
  • Project development and project maintenance related to Asian and European collaboration, as for example the well- established China – Norway research and student exchange program at FLKI
  • Development of new international courses and programs that support strategic goals of FLKI in cooperation with staff
  • Research to support the area with a special effort to contribute to comparative research
  • Organising conferences, symposiums and eventually summer school
  • Support processes towards excellency in education and curriculum in kindergarten teacher education


The applicant must have a doctoral degree within the field of education and be experienced in research, teaching and curriculum development. The applicant should have knowledge in one or more core areas of pedagogy in early childhood education (e.g. play, learning, curriculum studies, team-based leadership, transition kindergarten school, cultural formation). The applicant should have experience with relevant international networks, project management or administrative experience. The applicant must have excellent oral and written command of English. If the applicant is not fluent in Norwegian or scandinavian languages, the applicant should work systematically to develop an oral and written command of Norwegian. Knowledge of other languages is considered an advantage.

Personal abilities:

It is expected that the applicant has the ability to communicate and engage in students, colleagues and partners, to taking initiatives and fulfilling responsibility, having a positive attitude and being flexible, being systematic and trustworthy and being ambitious on behalf of organization, colleagues, students and self.

We offer:

  • A vibrant teaching and research community. Offices in new buildings with excellent contemporary facilities for teaching and research
  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as Associate Professor is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1011 - Associate Professor

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

Application procedure:

Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date.

Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


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