Professor of Comparative Literature
University of Tartu Institute of Cultural Research

Institute of Cultural Research


Duties and responsibilities
  • Directing and developing teaching activities in history of world literature and comparative literature on all levels of studies. To be responsible on BA level (in the program of Literature and Cultural Research) of study courses of world literature and their coordination with other courses of the program; on master level (in the program of Literature and Theater Studies), of directing and developing independent studies in world literature; on PhD level, of granting internationally recognized quality of studies and the possibility of obtaining a doctoral degree in the speciality of Comparative Literature (within the program of Literature and Cultural Research, in accordance with the corresponding doctoral school).
  • Coordinating teaching of world literature and literary-theoretical courses in the programs of Teacher of Estonian language and Literature and in cooperation with the study programs of the College of World Languages and Cultures.
  • Heading international research and development activity in world literature and comparative literary studies, taking care that necessary resources are available for it and supervising students and academic personnel of the chair.
  • Supervising students (primarily master’s and doctoral students).
  • Development of specialist terminology and didactical material in the Estonian language; enhance translation and interpretation of world literature in Estonian; spreading knowledge of world literature and comparative literary studies in Estonian society.
  • Popularisation of the specialisation, permanently complementing his/her professional knowledge and skills.
  • Taking care of the formation of capable young scholars and lecturers in the field of world literature and comparative literary research and complementing their knowledge and skills, to grant continuation to academic activities in the field of world literature and comparative literary research.
Required qualifications
PhD or an equivalent qualification.
Required experience
  • A scientific and administrative competence for doing research is required.
  • Internationally recognised professional research in world literature and comparative literature studies, the size of which corresponds to at least three doctoral theses, incl. internationally recognised research in the last five years at least in the volume equivalent to that of 1.5 doctoral thesis.
  • It is expected that the candidate displays success in applying for research funding and the experience in international co-operation.
  • The precondition in the field of teaching is the ability to organise teaching and teach on all levels of higher education.
  • Previous teaching experience at least on the first two levels of higher education, incl. effectively supervising master and doctoral students.
  • Experience in creating study and teaching aids for higher education institutions.
  • Knowledge of modern study aids, learning environments, learning methods and their development opportunities.
  • The candidate must have experience in organising research events and in administrative work.
  • Experience in the popularisation of theoretical knowledge, experience in team or project management.
Required language skills
Estonian and at least two other languages for teaching and research.

Starting at
Remuneration based on UT Salary Rules.
Additional info
Prof Art Leete, art.leete [ät]

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