Associate Professor in History Education and Civic Engagement Utrecht University, Department of History and Art History Netherlands

Associate Professor in History Education and Civic Engagement (0.8 FTE)




The Department of History and Art History (GKG) in collaboration with the Graduate School of Teaching (GST) seeks to appoint an associate professor in history education and civic engagement. The field engages with historical knowledge and its role in sustaining civic engagement, with a pronounced focus on civic education in relation to primary and secondary education, (cultural) heritage, and media such as museums, documentaries and the internet. Applicants are expected to take an active role in linking academic and non-academic ways of understanding the past with a view to civic engagement, and should have an interest in transcending national contexts. The position involves building and maintaining networks among institutions for educational training, civic engagement and history education in and outside the Netherlands.




You, as a successful candidate, will have

  • experience with teaching for students at all levels, and preferably experience with teaching in secondary education;

  • a PhD degree in history or a related discipline;

  • experience in recruiting and supervising postgraduate students;

  • the ability to address both the domains of history and art history;

  • a record of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;

  • a realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial problems in the field and holding the promise of winning external funding for research;

  • knowledge of the fields in which graduates of educational programmes are employed, in particular secondary schools;

  • readiness to engage with non-academic research users and to develop the impact of research beyond the university sector;

  • the ability to play a role in management and to contribute fully to academic life.


Utrecht University has a teaching qualification system for university lecturers, and candidates are required to obtain the necessary Teaching Qualifications (BKO and SKO) if they are not already in possession of them.

Candidates are expected to be versatile in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.




The initial appointment, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from € 4,815 to € 5,861 for a full time position (scale 13 Collective Employment Agreement for Dutch Universities).


The position carries an initial 60% teaching load. 


Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). You'll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.


About the organization


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively on major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and teaching in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. Enthusiastic and committed faculty members and excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment


Additional information


A profile description of research at GKG is available at
For GST, have a look at
For the focus area ‘Educational and Learning Sciences’, see


Enquiries can be made to Joris van Eijnatten, Head of Department History and Art History via and/or Peter Coopmans, Director of Humanities Educational Programmes via




Written applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under Qualifications, and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • Statement of research (max. 2 pages);

  • Copy of a key publication;

  • Example of a course syllabus for BA-students;

  • Two course evaluations;

  • Names and contact details of two referees.


Initial interviews may be conducted over Skype. Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed in person in Utrecht.


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