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Associate Professor related to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Deadline: 15.02.2021

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Education was established in 1938 and is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences.

The research is based on traditions from both the social and the human sciences, and the department thus accommodates great breadth in topics and perspectives. The department employs approximately 100 people; 49 scientific staff, 35 doctoral and post-doctoral students, and 16 administrative/technical staff. The number of students is approximately 900.

About the position

At the Department of Education, there is a vacancy for a permanent position as Associate Professor (SKO 1011) where the teaching part of the position is affiliated with LINK - Center for Learning, Innovation and Academic Development.

The Department of Education at University of Oslo is a department at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The department is a key player in national and international educational science research. The department’s academic interests range from learning and development to the organizational, political, and institutional aspects of education, to communication, learning and design in a digital environment. The department has over 100 employees and 900 students.

One of LINKs’ most important tasks is to strengthen the quality of the education at UiO by offering educational qualifications for academic positions, and by helping to further develop the academic staff's understanding and competence in pedagogical tasks in higher education. For more information, see LINK. Most academic staff in LINK are affiliated with the research group Knowledge, Learning and Governance: Studies in higher education and work (HEDWORK).

LINK organizes its work for teachers and educational leaders at UiO in the form of courses, workshops, and consulting activities. Main topics within the educational activities are e.g. planning of teaching activities, learning, design of digital solutions, teaching and assessment work, management and development of study programs and research supervision. An important future investment area is to develop and quality-assure pedagogical use of digital solutions in education in order to develop more varied forms of teaching that stimulate learning and education for a diversity of student groups. LINK`s academic staff may also supervise students at master's and PhD level. It is necessary for the applicant to have professional competencies in order to work with issues related to complex university pedagogical challenges in an increasingly diverse higher education field.

Candidates for the position are expected to develop a research agenda of high relevance for the needs of LINK-UP.

Key themes could be:

  • a) Digital design for teaching and learning
  • b) Hybrid teaching and student-active forms of learning
  • c) Assessment methods in higher education
  • d) Learning analytics and evaluation of students' learning

Job description:

  • Actively participate in the planning and development of university pedagogical work at UiO
  • Hold university pedagogical courses for academic staff and managers at UiO
  • Supervise academic staff and leaders at UiO within university pedagogical issues
  • Actively design research projects, apply for research funding in relevant topics, and participate in HEDWORK's activities
  • Actively contribute to the dissemination of university pedagogical knowledge in dialogue with employees and students at UiO
  • Be able to supervise master's students and participate in exam assessments

Qualification requirements

  • The applicant must be able to document basic pedagogical competence in teaching and supervision, as well as be able to refer to experience with professional development work and research competencies related to some of the announced subject areas described above.
  • The research must be of high quality and show academic breadth and depth, and reflect an independent research profile, as well as the ability to address new issues.
  • Ongoing or commenced research activity is a prerequisite for employment as an associate professor. A minimum requirement to the position of associate professor is a doctoral degree within university pedagogy/higher education.
  • Knowledge about the Norwegian higher education system in general is an advantage, as well as being able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance and challenges of university education in a national and international context.
  • The applicant must be able to document strong communication skills and "translation competencies”. The applicant must be able to communicate research-based pedagogical perspectives to teachers and leaders across disciplines. Personal suitability and motivation for the position will be emphasized.

Good communication skills in both written and oral English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are an advantage for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian.

In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered, including the applicant’s ability to communicate and personal suitability.

Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s experience and ability to attract research funding from external sources.

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 608 200 to NOK 708 000 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Good pension schemes
  • Good welfare benefits
  • The Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interes)
  • CV
  • Complete list of publications
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice). For guidance, see this page.
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Diplomas
  • Academic works (up to 10 publications) and a brief account of their scientific contribution and, in case of co-authorship, the candidate’s contribution to the publication
  • References (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Interviews will be used in the appointment process, and applicants will be required to give a trial lecture.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background.

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.


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