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Professor in Physical Education

Deadline: 01.01.2020

The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science have a vacancy for the position as Professor in Physical Education

About the position

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education,

geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Ecience has a vacancy for a full-time post as Professor in Physical Education. Date of commencement is 01.08.2020.

The post relates to the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Outdoor Sciences, and the immediate superior is head of Section for Physical Education. The Department is stationed at campus Notodden, Bakkenteigen, Drammen, Porsgrunn and Bø. The main place of work is campus Notodden.

Responsibilities and duties

The staff in the Section for Physical Education counts about 20 employees at Notodden and Vestfold (Bakkenteigen). The position covers both research, supervision and teaching primarily linked to teacher education; physical education in elementary school, as well as kindergarten.

The position's responsibilities and duties will be:

  • To contribute actively in research and development work within the academic and professional areas of school and physical education
  • To participate in study planning, teaching, supervision of students and exam work in teacher education at the bachelor, master, and PhD levels
  • To contribute to the growth and development of the externally funded business at USN
  • To engage in multidisciplinary collaborative projects

In the new 5-year master's degree in elementary teacher education, high academic and professional didactic quality is expected. The requirements of the new primary teacher education is central to this professorship. The candidate is expected to be a professional initiative-taker within physical education and contribute to the development of national and international networks. As a Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway, you will be assigned responsibility for research, research management and supervision in strategic areas within the University’s network of researchers.

You may be required to carry out teaching at all levels of the educational cycle within your department, and at other departments.

For the University, distance learning and e-learning are target areas, and the candidate must therefore be able to provide supervision and teaching via digital media.

Qualifications

Broad competence is required in physical education, sports and outdoor life subjects such as school and teacher education subjects, cf. https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2006-02-09-129 Experience from teaching physical education in school and/or from teaching physical education in central professional subjects in higher education. Documented teaching skills are required, which are relevant to teacher education.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability, documented collaborative ability, good communication skills and independence will be emphasized.

Educational competence and quality development

Teaching at the University shall be based on research, in terms of both teaching practice and content. As such, we aim to recruit teachers who have experience from and demonstrate the motivation to focus on the development of teaching practice and the interaction between teaching and research, in order to promote learning.

In accordance with the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts, the University of South-Eastern Norway has established requirements that applicants for the posts of Professor must be able to document skills in university and university college level pedagogy, subject didactics and digital competencies.

On this basis, it is assumed that applicants can document educational skills through successfully completed university-level educational programmes of study or equivalent courses with a minimum of 200 hours of work and that they have developed fundamental skills in planning, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision at a university or university college level.

Alternatively, documentation is required to demonstrate educational skills through a combination of relevant courses and practical teaching that are deemed to be equivalent to a programme of study with a minimum of 200 hours of study.

Educational quality development

It is assumed that applicants for posts as Professor at the University, when presenting an educational portfolio or folder, can document the following:

  • Development in the quality of their own teaching over time.
  • Extensive experience of supervision, preferably at Master’s and PhD level.
  • Participation in development of educational quality within the scholarly community.

See further description of how educational skills should be documented in applications under How to apply.

Applicants who are unable to document educational competence in line with the University’s criteria may be appointed on the condition that they qualify within two (2) years. Courses in university and university college level pedagogy will be offered.

For employment as a Professor, a scientific level is required in accordance with established international or national standards.

A broad and solid background and research competence are required within the field of physical education. The candidate must be able to document advanced competence within one or more research areas.

As classes are held in Norwegian, the candidate must be able to teach in one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish). An applicant may be hired with the requirement to learn one of the acquired languages within a period of two years of accession.

If there are no applicants qualified for permanent employment as a Professor, an applicant may be hired for a temporary period of up to three years if the expert committee finds that the applicant has the prerequisites required to obtain the necessary qualifications within that period of time. A new expert assessment will be conducted within the expiry of this period.

Applicants must also document educational competence in line with the guidelines in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Scientific and educational qualifications
  • Professional competence and scientific production within physical education
  • Publication in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Teaching experience and competence within physical education
  • Administrative experience and competence
  • Ability to obtain external funds
  • Research management, participation and research projects and research dissemination
  • Experience from research-driven innovation and industry collaboration
  • Other relevant competence
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post

We offer

  • Exciting and educational academic environment with stimulating work.
  • Good opportunities for competence and career development.
  • Inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits, including opportunity to exercise during working hours.

Salary

Professor (code 1013): NOK 667 200 – 934 800 per year (LT 72 – 85).

Salary grade according to seniority and competence.The statutory amount for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Other information

The appointing body is the appointments committee for teaching and research posts at the University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert committee will assess the applications. Based on the committee’s recommendations, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore also encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • certified copies of diplomas from a university college/university and certificates
  • scientific publications (up to 15 for applicants for Professor)
  • list of scientific publications
  • list of appendices documenting consolidated educational competence, including documentation of courses successfully completed in university-level pedagogy (or equivalent) with at least 200 hours of study or a systematic and consolidated presentation/educational folder or portfolio documenting the completion of equivalent courses with a minimum of 200 hours of work and skills work in the areas of planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision
  • educational portfolio or folder, documenting:
    • Development in the quality of own teaching over time.
    • Extensive experience of supervision, preferably at Master’s and PhD level.
    • Participation in development of educational quality within the scholarly community.
  • contact information for three references

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

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