Professor of Practice in Foundation and General Studies Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland

Professor of Practice in Foundation and General Studies


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and design. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.  Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, more than 400 of which are professors. Our schools rank among the top universities in the world. The University campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.


The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, welfare architecture and emerging technologies as well as urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and technical skills.

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for the following position:




The position is fixed-term for three years. The starting date is January 1, 2018, or appropriate.


Job description


The professor will work in the creative and internationally recognized environment of Aalto University’s School of ARTS. The position serves the Center for General Studies (YoYo), at the Department of Art ( which is known for nationally and internationally recognized high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities and research. YoYo currently provides compulsory arts courses for all ARTS bachelor students, as well as elective courses in contemporary and visual art, and art theory and history for all Aalto ARTS students (doctor, master and bachelor).


Although the Professor of Foundation and General Studies is situated in the Department of Art s/he will work with all five departments in ARTS, including the Departments of Design, Architecture, Media, and Film, Television, and Scenography. The professor will provide leadership to direct, oversee, review, develop, and implement compulsory/foundational arts studies and general studies for Aalto ARTS. The professor will work directly with all stakeholders, including students, faculty, and ARTS and Aalto University leadership to develop and improve planning, communication, and outreach.


The professor will also provide vision for the future as well as pragmatic management of Foundation and General Studies. The vision includes the future of foundations and compulsory courses for all ARTS students, and its connection to Aalto University’s strategy, University-Wide Art Studies (, and other Aalto-wide studies and initiatives. The management includes the day-to-day running of the studies, including curricular planning, study programming, space management, fiscal and employee matters, and communication outreach. The professor would work with different groups to address the question of what constitutes foundational and general studies for all ARTS students, now and in the future, and how it is best provided in relation to the wider university and society.


What we expect from you


The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of foundation and general art studies in higher education. The applicants will be reviewed based on their academic leadership, artistic work and research, teaching, and activity overseeing or managing foundation or similar studies. The professor shall have capability to work broadly with the all ARTS fields and disciplines, and competence areas within those fields.


The applicant is expected to have:

  • Experience with foundation or general art studies, or similar programs or units within a higher education context (university or college)

  • Cutting-edge agenda regarding arts and related practices for students

  • An artistic practice

  • Teaching experience

  • Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration, especially in higher education

  • A terminal degree in a relevant field (doctoral degree, MFA, MA or equivalent)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (familiarity with Finnish and/or Swedish language may be beneficial).


Salary and benefits


Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits.


Finland is a great and safe context for family, offering many excellent state-subsidized services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world.


How to apply


The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the applicants are required to submit the following material:

  1. Motivation letter including a statement of past, current, and future artistic practice and/or research related to foundation and general arts studies (max. 3 pages, max 100 MB)

  2. Curriculum Vitae - Example of CV (pdf) (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)

  3. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio (max 100 MB)

  4. A research statement describing their past research and plans for future research and/or similar for artistic activities (max 1 page max 10 MB)

  5. Teaching portfolio - Outline for compiling your teaching portfolio, Comprehensive assessment of teaching competence (see link below for size and scope requirements)

  6. The names and contact information of two to four references


For a full list of materials required for the application (criteria 2-4 above) please see .  


All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files and are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto ARTS. The application material will not be returned.


Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later thanSeptember 15, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +3 during daylight saving time). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.


Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis. This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed based on information available on public databases.


From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts during the second phase of the application process.


General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at:


Additional information


For additional information please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Kevin Tavin, email In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Anu Roine, email  


Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


In Helsinki June 26th, 2017

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