Professor of Global Education
University of Oulu, School of Education
Finland

Professor, Global Education

a 5-year fixed term appointment

Job Description and Location

The field of the vacant professorship is global education.

The professor is responsible for developing research in this area in the faculty and at the University of Oulu. Together with the other professors in the faculty, the professor is expected to participate in the design and development of new creative research environments and the infrastructures required by them at the University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/edu/research and www.leaforum.fi).

The research carried out by the applicants is expected to focus on global education, some of the main fields including human rights education, equality education, peace education, intercultural education as well as questions of development, responsibility and justice encountered with globalization. Central issues include both global ethics and the prerequisites of sustainable development, and their relationship to education.

The appointee shall lead and coordinate research and teaching in the special field of the vacancy and be responsible for the development of programmes in global and intercultural education in the faculty. The holder of the post will be expected to be able to lead research groups and supervise doctoral dissertations and have a track record in national and international cooperation.

In addition to the Finnish programmes, the faculty is currently running the following international degree programmes:

1) Intercultural Teacher Education (ITE), which is a primary teacher education programme at Bachelor and Master levels focusing on multicultural and international education. The medium of instruction in this programme is mainly English.

2) Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Globalisation, which is a two-year international Master’s programme focusing primarily on the effects of globalization on education, and provides training for various expert tasks in education in the face of globalization.

3) LET – Master’s Programme in Learning, Education and Technology, which is a two-year international Master’s programme focusing its research and teaching on the learning sciences and technology-enhanced learning.

Most of the ITE students graduate as qualified teachers and work in primary or secondary schools and in adult education. Some of the graduates work in other research, teaching, planning, counselling, consultation or personnel administration duties. In addition to Finnish students, a large number of foreign students are studying in the faculty, both as exchange students and as degree students on the special programmes offered in English.

Based on the university’s strategy and research quality considerations, the focal areas below have been designated for research in the faculty. Research done in these areas is considered in favour of the applicant.

Learning and learning processes

Teachers, teaching and educational communities

Values, ideologies and social contexts of education

The faculty offers degrees of Master of Arts in Education with majors in education, educational psychology, education (especially early childhood education), music education and special education (as of 2015). The total number of students in the faculty is about 1,300, including some 180 students aiming at a postgraduate degree (Licentiate or Doctor).

The faculty was nominated as a centre of excellence in Finnish university education in 2010-2012. Teacher education in the faculty has a broad scope, including early childhood education, primary teacher education, music education, secondary teacher education and university pedagogy. There are two Master’s programmes in the faculty.

Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Language Skills

Within the full-time working hours (1600 hours per annum) and an annually confirmed working plan, the professor shall give lectures and other teaching in the faculty’s introductory, intermediate and advanced level courses and supervise theses.

According to section 33 of the Universities Act, a professor shall carry out and supervise scientific research or artistic work, give teaching based on it and follow the developments in science or art, and take part in societal interaction and international cooperation.

An applicant to be appointed as a professor shall have a doctoral degree, high-level scientific or artistic competence, experience in leading scientific research, an ability to give high-level instruction based on research and supervise theses, and proof of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents.

When assessing the applicant’s merits, issues taken into consideration include scientific publications and other research results with scientific or artistic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, skills to produce learning materials, other merits achieved in the teaching profession, a demonstration lecture and doctoral theses supervised by the applicant.  In addition to this, the following issues will also be taken into account: the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field of duties, success in acquiring supplementary research funding, scientific work abroad and international activities.

The language of instruction in the University of Oulu is Finnish, and the degrees are awarded in Finnish. Teaching may also be given in English.

Special attention will be paid to the applicants’ mastery of English.

Salary

The salary is based on levels 8-10 of the job profile chart for university research and teaching staff. In addition to the job-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid, which will be 46.3 % at most of the job-specific component.

Application Procedure

The application shall be submitted using the electronic application form by 2 May 2016.

The following must be attached to the application for reviewer assessment purposes (PDF files preferred):

1) A brief curriculum vitae written in English, compiled in accordance with the instructions in the appendix.

2) A list of publications classified as follows: (1) articles in international peer-reviewed journals, (2) articles in international peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (3) articles in domestic peer-reviewed journals, (4) articles in domestic peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in domestic peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (5) scientific monographs, (6) other scientific publications, e.g., articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no peer-review process, and in university or department publications.

3) Teaching merits that are significant for the position should be presented in English in the form of a teaching portfolio or similar account. The portfolio is expected to follow the outline given in the appendix.

4) A brief research and action plan in English.

5) Copies in electronic form of at most ten (10) publications and other works that the applicant thinks should be taken into consideration upon evaluation of eligibility and merits.

Before being officially accepted for the position, the successful applicant must present to the faculty his or her original degree diplomas or certified copies thereof, as well as a signed curriculum vitae.

Reviewer Assessment

The dean will send an invitation to at least two (2) external reviewers approved by the university’s research committee to be consulted regarding the appointment process. When selecting the reviewers, the respective specializations of the applicants in the field are taken into consideration, and general fairness is observed in other respects as well.

The applicants are informed about the selection of the reviewers.

Demonstration Lecture and Interview

The recruitment committee will interview the applicants that they consider best and makes arrangements for any demonstration lectures that may be deemed necessary.

Official Employment

The Dean will make her proposition on the basis of the proposition of the recruitment committee and submit this, justifications and attachments included, to the rector of the university, who will make the decision on the employment of the successful applicant.

Contact Information

In order to be sure of receiving the information and announcements referred to in this description of the appointment procedure, the applicant must inform the faculty how s/he can be contacted during the process by giving the address to which the written communications are to be sent, telephone number at work and at home, email address and fax number.

For further information regarding this appointment process, please contact the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu as follows:

Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki, Dean
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education
PO Box 2000, 90014 University of Oulu
tel. +358 294 483701
e-mail: riitta-liisa.korkeamaki at oulu.fi

and

Kimmo Spets, Chief Administrator
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education
PO Box 2000, 90014 University of Oulu
tel. +358 294 483819
e-mail: kimmo.spets at oulu.fi

Basic Regulations

Universities Act (558/2009); Universities Decree 2009; University of Oulu Rules of Procedure (17.8.2009)

C U R R I C U L U M   V I T A E

  1. FULL NAME
  2. DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
  3. CITIZENSHIP
  4. ADDRESS, TELEPHONE, EMAIL, FAX
  5. EDUCATION AND TRAINING
  6. PRESENT POSITION
  7. FIELDS OF RESEARCH
  8. PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
  9. TEACHING MERITS
  10. SCIENTIFIC AWARDS, HONOURS AND MAJOR GRANTS
  11. EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
  12. MEMBERSHIPS IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
  13. OTHER ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MERITS AND ACTIVITIES

For items 8 and 10‑12, the total duration is indicated in years (e.g. 1986-1996) or more precisely in years and months (e.g. total of 14 months in 1996-1998).

OUTLINE OF THE CONTENTS OF THE TEACHING PORTFOLIO

According to the policy approved by the University of Oulu, the teaching skills referred to in the Appointments Decree (Decree on the Appointment of Professors at Universities 1581/91; Amendment 462/98) are assessed according to the outline below:

  1. Teaching philosophy and characterisation of yourself as a teacher
    – thinking underlying your teaching, the personal background idea of your teaching: how is this to be seen in your work as a teacher? Description of yourself as a teacher and worker in the teaching profession
  2. Practical experience gained in the teaching profession, how you develop your teaching
  3. Production and use of learning materials
  4. Maintenance of your teaching skills
  5. Feedback received on your teaching (student and peer assessments, awards and approved teaching demonstrations)
  6. Vision of the development of your work as a teacher
    – provide a brief plan for the development of your teaching and work as a teacher in the near future, e.g. in relation to the department’s curriculum


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