Professor of Music Education University of Oulu, Faculty of Education Finland

Faculty of Education                                                                                                                                                            

Vacancy of Professor, Music Education

 

a 5-year fixed-term appointment 

 

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with 16,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University include wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, a modern research and study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

 

Job Description and Location 

 

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 

 

The post is located in the research unit Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities

 

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. The total number of students in the faculty is about 1,700, including some 180 students aiming at a postgraduate degree.

 

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 and an international teacher education programme in English in the faculty.

 

Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Language Skills 

 

Within the full-time working hours (1624 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, follow 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 supervise theses and give high-level instruction based on research, and proof of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. 

 

The professor shall be responsible for research and teaching in music education and for the development of the field of the professorship following the strategic policy guidelines of the university, faculty and research unit.A comprehensive knowledge of research methods, experience with artistic and pedagogical activities in the field of music or music education, and familiarity with the various forms of music are considered advantageous for the applicant. 

 

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. A successful candidate shall have experience of leading research work and planning and implementation of research projects, as well as proof of successful acquisition of research funding. In addition to this, the following issues will also be taken into account: practical familiarity with the field of duties, 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 will be set on levels 8-10 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). In practice, the salary will be roughly €5685 to € 7000 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualification and performance. 

 

The position is scheduled to be filled as of January1, 2019, or as agreed, and it is subject to a four-month trial period. 

 

Application Procedure 

 

Applications should be submitted online on 15.3.2018 at the latest.

 

The following appendices shall be included with the application ( 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 certificates 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 it, justifications and attachments included, to the vice rector of the university, who will make the decision on the employment of the successful applicant. 

 

Contact Information 

 

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

 

Eila Estola, Dean

University of Oulu, Faculty of Education

PO Box 2000, 90014 University of Oulu

tel. +358 294 484211

e-mail: eila.estola(at)oulu.fi

 

Kimmo Spets, HR Manager

University of Oulu, Faculty of Education

tel. +358 294 483819

e-mail: kimmo.spets(at)oulu.fi

 

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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