Professor of children's literature
Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture

Professor of childrens literature


The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of professor of children’s literature. The appointment is tenured and begins on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The position is based at the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture. 


The position


We are seeking an innovative and dedicated candidate who will be expected to strengthen the international profile of children’s literature at Aarhus University. We are looking for a candidate who will participate in consolidating and expanding the field in terms of both teaching and research, and who has a well-articulated vision for future developments in the field. The successful applicant must provide academic leadership relating to tasks and responsibilities in all of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.



The children’s literature programme at the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric has a significant international profile and a strong international research network. The programme places equal emphasis on research related to the history of especially Danish and Nordic children’s literature, and on children’s literature more broadly in its historical and contemporary mediatised contexts. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in the further development of this combination of literary history and media studies, and must therefore be able to document original scientific production at the highest international level within both the history and mediatisation of children’s literature. Applicants are furthermore asked to state their visions for future developments in the field, and to document a solid record of accomplishment with regard to research leadership, attracting external research funding, and international research collaboration.


Teaching and supervision

The successful applicant must be prepared to teach a broad range of courses in the children’s literature degree programme as well as interdisciplinary courses at both the MA and BA level. The successful applicant is expected to contribute actively to the integration of research and teaching and to the development and application of innovative teaching methods. Besides teaching and assessment, the position includes individual and group supervision at all levels. The professor can expect to teach courses in both English and Danish. 


Talent development

The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses as part of the consolidation and growth of the field of children’s literature.


Knowledge exchange

Knowledge exchange is of particular importance for the children’s literature programme. The successful applicant is therefore expected to engage in extensive knowledge exchange involving the public dissemination of knowledge or collaboration with literary institutions, including libraries and publishers as well as institutions of primary and secondary education and university colleges. 



Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to children’s literature. Applicants must be able to document:

  • a record of academic, peer-reviewed research publications at the highest international level within the fields of the history and mediatisation of children’s literature
  • a successful record of accomplishment in research management, including attracting external research funding and international research collaboration
  • active and current participation in both national and international research networks
  • experience of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • excellent teaching and supervision competences and extensive experience at all levels
  • significant accomplishments with regard to knowledge exchange
  • proficiency in languages relevant to the area of research and teaching


Applicants are furthermore asked to present their research plans for the next three to five years, as well as their vision for future developments in the fields of children’s literature and the mediatisation of children’s literature. Finally, applicants should explain how they will meet the expectations of the professorship with regard to the strengthening and development of research and teaching in children’s literature.


Because of the programme’s extensive collaboration with Danish publishers and institutions of primary and secondary education, research experience in Nordic children’s literature and working knowledge of at least one Scandinavian language will be considered an advantage.


If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish within two years of commencing the appointment to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.


The children’s literature programme at the Department of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric


In both teaching and research, the academic staff on the children’s literature programme operate with a broad and inclusive concept of children’s literature and media that involves 1) texts and media explicitly produced for children, 2) texts and media produced for a broad audience but used by children, and 3) texts and media produced or co-produced by children. The programme’s academic staff are thus widely engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration with colleagues from comparative literature and media studies, among other fields. Focused on Nordic, particularly Danish, children’s literature, researchers in the programme work closely with, cooperate with and communicate their work to Danish publishers, literary institutions and institutions of primary and secondary education as well as the general public.


For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Tore Rye Andersen by e-mail:


School of Communication and Culture


The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website. 


The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. Read more about the school's academics.  


Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.



  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.

  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production. Please upload this material electronically along with your application.


In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: 



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