Professor in Kindergarten Education and Early Development University of Stavanger, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Humanities Norway

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has approximately 11,000 students and 1,600 employees. The university is in Norway's third largest city region, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). The University will be a driving force in the region of knowledge development and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation and innovation. Together with those involved and our students, we will explore the unknown and challenge the well-known.


The National Center for Learning Environment and Measurement Research (Learning Environment Center) is a nationwide center with a board established by the Ministry of Education. Prior to being part of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Humanities, the Center is part of a network of eleven national centers, under the Directorate of Education. The Learning Environment Center is responsible for national education boards in the work of implementing the national education policy within its area of responsibility. The Center is working on professional development, research, outward work and relevant teaching in accordance with the mandate. The center has a board as the governing body. Mission to the Center consists of assignments given by the Directorate of Education and self-initiated research and development tasks, competence development in kindergartens and schools, as well as teaching and counseling at the university. The center has two departments; one in Stavanger and one in Porsgrunn. Today there are about 50 attendees at the center.


Professor in kindergarten education and early development


The University of Stavanger is looking for a professor in kindergarten education and early development. The positions are organizationally linked to the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Humanities, the National Center for Learning Environment and Measurement Research (Learning Environment Center). The positions are available as soon as possible.


Work assignments and academic environment The
subject area of the job is research and development aimed at the learning environment in kindergarten and small-scale schools in the shelter.


The kindergarten field in Norway is in an exciting development, and there is great public and political interest in this sector. At the Learning Environment Center we wish to be a professional premise provider for the day care sector in Norway. The Learning Center is a national center, which assists national education authorities to realize current education policy. The Learning Center's work must be timely and reflect the societies and changes in society that characterize today's and tomorrow's childhood and youth, and later in the wake of age.


From 1.1.2018 the center enters into a new exciting phase. The professional responsibility, currently in the center's board, is then transferred to the University of Stavanger (UiS). The Center's assignments will be defined by UiS in accordance with university and college college. The center's strategic development will then be placed under UiS's overall strategy. Research and teaching will be central area. Practice-oriented competence and quality development in kindergarten and skular will continue in accordance with UiS's strategic development of cooperation with society, culture and business.


The work assignments will be linked to center-initiated research and development work, as well as teaching related to the current subject area of teacher education at UiS. In addition, there will be assignments from the Directorate of Education.


As a professor, you will primarily teach and direct students on bachelor's master's and doctoral level within pedagogy, pedagogical sociology or social psychology, as well as pursue research and disseminate research results within the center's research area, and contribute to developing cooperation with the workplace. You will also hire an evolution and use of varied and digital learning methods in teaching, innovation and value creation based on research results. Job description provides a nearer description of the subject area and relevant assignments for the professor.


Skills Requirements

We are looking for a professor with high-level scientific qualifications in accordance with established standards for professorial competence within the subject area. Applicants with specialization in the field of pedagogical sociology or social psychology have a priority, but applicants with specialization within the surrounding area may also be current candidates. Newer publication and potential for future research at high academic level within the subject area are emphasized.


You must be able to document pedagogical and didactic competence attached to higher education, or to complete university education course within a period of two years from accession. The course is hosted by the university.


Furthermore, we emphasize that you have:

  • Ability to inspire colleagues for research and educational development.
  • Experience with and ability to initiate, obtain external funding for, rent and carry out major research and development projects.
  • Communicate research results in acknowledged Norwegian and international publishing channels, and that you can show progress in research and publishing.
  • One reflective and conscious attitude to own education and guidance.
  • Ability to involve and engage students in education where educating their goals, content and assessment situations closely follows.
  • Experience with and / or interest in the development and use of varied learning methods and digital travel courses in the teaching.
  • Experience from cooperation with working life.
  • Experience with relevant international research networks and ability to build and maintain networks - regional, national and international.
  • Experience with innovation, innovation and commercialization of research.
  • High labor capacity and motivation to develop new knowledge with others.
  • Good collaborative and communication skills, and ability to contribute to a constructive working environment.

The teaching and learning language is Norwegian and English. If you do not know Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, you must acquire Norwegian knowledge equivalent to level B2 within a period of two years from accession. If required, you will be offered a Norwegian course paid by the university.


If there are no applicants with sufficient scientific qualifications, it may be necessary to add temporary for up to three years with a view to qualification and permanent appointment. Applicants must be in charge of obtaining the necessary qualifications during the appointment period.


We offer:

  • Varied work assignments in one big, stressful and societal organization.
  • An ambitious working community in positive development. We work to include incentives at all levels in strategic deliveries, promoting an informal atmosphere and a flat organizational structure.
  • Colleges based training program the first year you teach at UiS, NyTi.
  • Salary according to the state wage regulation, 17,510, code 1013, kr 686,900 - 838,300 bto. per year.
  • Membership of the Government Pension Fund, which ensures good pension rights. Member can apply for bank loans at favorable terms.
  • Beneficial membership at the fitness center and corporate team.
  • Addition in an IA company that is recorded by reducing the problem of sickness, increasing the number of employees with reduced working capacity and increasing occupational activity for older workers.
  • Home-job-home, public transport to and from work at a favorable price.
  • As a Norwegian employee you will have access to a very good health system, good pensions and generous maternity / parental leave. Kindergarten is guaranteed and reasonable, public holidays are free.
  • Relocation program when moving to Norway includes support and language course for partner.


General Information

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. The main emphasis in the expert assessment was based on evaluation of submitted scientific work and documented teaching skills. Experience from popularization / dissemination, academic and professional administration work and any other documented qualifications relevant to the posting will also be considered by the experts.


If there are very many applicants, it may be advisable to decline applications before application papers send to the expert committee for assessment. This will be applicable to applicants who fail to meet key areas of competence requirements.


On the basis of expert committee say excuses, current applicants will be invited to interview and trial instruction before the legal setting.


It is a prerequisite that the host added the bus so that the person in question can stay accessible and available to the professional environment in ordinary working hours.


Further information The

job title is more relevant to the subject area and the relevant work assignments. Further information about the position gets one by turning to Center Leader Tarja Tikkanen, tel. 5183 1288/4131 4343, email . Information about the appointment process is obtained by contacting HR counselors Janne Halseth, tel. 5183 3525, email .



Search settings electronically via "Search Settings" on this page. Here you will find application letter, relevant education and experience. The following documents are uploaded as attachments to the application, in separate files:

  • CV with complete overview of education and experience.
  • Relevant diplomas and certificates.
  • Complete list of scientific work.
  • Up to 10 work documenting educational and educational competence, see Guidelines for assessment of teaching competence.
  • Up to 15 science-critical work that is central to your research production.
  • Documentation of other activity deemed relevant in relation to the requirements of the post.


The documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. If attachments exceed 30 MB in total, they must be compressed before loading.


Information and material to be considered for assessment must be registered before expiry of the application deadline. Contact information for three reference persons must appear in the application or in advance.


We note that information about applicants may be published even if applicants have requested not to be listed on the public search list, cf. section 25 of the Public Administration Act.


Appointment - Professor of Kindergarten Education and Early Development



area The subject area for the position is kindergarten education focusing on early development. The Learning Environment Center has a high level of competence before teaching when it comes to learning environment work among children and adolescents in school age. No, we wish to enhance competence through a strategic effort in the learning environment work to ensure good development for all children in childbirths and small-scale schools. The Learning Center's strategy for 2017-2020 is based on work within four thematic areas: (i) learning environment and mental health, (ii) diversity and inclusion, (iii) innovation work in the learning environment, and (iv) learning environment and kindergarten.


The host will be involved in conducting professional development and research that is practical and policy relevant for the day care sector, as well as teaching and counseling students based on new research. The primary area is a learning environment in the kindergarten. The learning environment in the kindergarten consists of the cultural, relational and physical relationships in the kindergarten, which influence children's development, play and learning, health and well-being.


The Center has recently started building skills before the learning environment in kindergarten and before the early childhood development of children. Several exciting research and development projects are all underway. The host will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who work and research before this field. A variety of methods and approaches are used, and the host must be open to different methods in research and practice.


Organizational placement Add

debt generally at the University of Stavanger. The positions are organized by the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Humanities, the National Center for Learning Environment and Research (Learning Environment Center). Information about the units is available at www.læringsmiljø . Professor will be able to participate in research communities across organizational units.


Current assignments
Professor, together with the rest of the vitality staff, will take care of:



  • Contribute to the development of main master's and doctoral programs, but also study programs at bachelor level , with high professional international quality.
  • Further develop and enhance the academic reputation of education programs by providing high quality education and guidance, mainly at master's and doctoral level, but also at bachelor's degree.
  • Contribute and develop current postgraduate and further education programs.
  • Maintain responsibility for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral students.
  • Provide students the opportunity to learn learning in line with the learning objectives of the study programs.
  • Drive educational development and contribute to learning resources .
  • Competence development relates to teaching and guidance.
  • Contribute to the development of new teaching methods and the use of different digital learning resources.
  • Conduct student evaluations and pursue continuous development of educators' quality.


Research and innovation

  • Contribute to the development of the academic environment, among other increasing research production.
  • Research, conduct professional development work within the field of study.
  • Initiate, obtain external funding for, rent and carry out major research and development projects.
  • Drive useful business law, practice-oriented professional law and / or community-relevant research, also on assignment from, and in collaboration with community and work life.
  • Participate in research communities from the university - program area or research groups.
  • Contribute to innovation and value creation based on research results, professional development work.
  • Engage students in entrepreneurship activities and help develop their entrepreneurship skills.
  • Further develop national and international research cooperation.


Communication and social contacts

  • Communicate research results in Norwegian and international publishing channels.
  • Drive popular-conscious dissemination.
  • Contribute to professional acknowledging conferences, nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in the trade and social debate.
  • Contribute to development of cooperation with social, cultural and work life.
  • Build and maintain a wide network of private and public sectors, nationally and internationally.



  • Participate in professional work and with the development of new teaching subjects / subjects.
  • Provide examinations, attend censorship and evaluate doctoral projects.
  • Participate and gladly hire expert committees and internal assessment committees.
  • Take care of positions in national and international committees, as well as in council and selection at UiS.


It is expected that the person who is added will support and participate in the rest of the activity at the faculty and can take assignments across the center / institute and faculty boundaries.


The distribution of work assignments was determined annually in the work plan, this in accordance with the University's guidelines for work planning.


Competence development
UiS expects all viticultural teams to pursue continuous competence enhancement of their own teaching and research activities.


In the first year, Professor will attend the University's college-based guidance program, NyTi.


A professor who can not demonstrate adequate pedagogical and didactic competence attached to higher education may attend university education courses within two years of accession.


A professor who does not have a Norwegian or another Scandinavian language must acquire Norwegian knowledge equivalent to level B2 (in accordance with the common European Language Framework) before a period of two years from accession.


Professor can apply for a research term with salary in accordance with the university's "Guidelines for the allocation of research term".

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