University of Jyväskylä job ad (Finland)

Professor of Journalism at University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport Sciences is the only one in the country.

Department of Communication in the Faculty of Humanities is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of Professorship in Journalism, based on a contract of employment to be filled as of January 1, 2016, in effect until further notice.

The Faculty of Humanities in the University of Jyväskylä studies culture, arts and traditions as well as languages and communication in organizations and societies. One of the Faculty’s special characteristics is comparative, researcher oriented and multi-method research and education. The originality, multidisciplinarity and innovativeness in the field of Humanities are apparent in e.g. the many research projects connected with technology.

The definition of the Faculty’s core areas has taken account of the high quality of both research and education, the scope of the activities as well as the National educational responsibilities. Regarding the five core areas in the University of  Jyväskylä, the Faculty of Humanities is strongly associated with three (Education, Learning and Teaching in the Future; Languages, Culture and Processes of Change in the Society; Human Technology).

The professorship in Journalism is located on the University’s strategic core areas of Language, Culture and Social Change Processes and Human Technology. Within the research conducted at the Department of Communication, the professorship is located on the core areas of Communication, media and journalism in globalizing and multicultural societies and Working Life Communication and Communication Professions in Networked Society.

The duties of the professor include developing interdisciplinary research and education in accordance with the strategic objectives of the discipline, the Department and the University of Jyväskylä. This includes active participation in applying for supplementary research funding, launching and implementing research projects. The professor is expected to participate in teaching and supervision activities both on basic and postgraduate level and also to take part in the Department’s administration. In addition, the professor is expected to engage in high quality national and international publishing activity and to participate actively in international research and education work.

The professor is specifically expected to have expertise in the areas related to the future of journalism, such as media and journalism in a networked and multicultural society, effects of social media on journalism and its relationship with the audience, journalistic innovations, as well as journalism and globalization.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the professor are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. The teaching languages in the professorshipin Journalism are Finnish and English. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial.

The professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 8 – 11 (4617,75 €/month – 6803,52 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

The appointment procedure for filling the vacant professorship provides more information on the duties involved and on the ways of meeting the qualification requirements, as well as on the application and appointment procedure itself. The appointment procedure is available on the Faculty webpage.

For additional information, please contact Dean Minna-Riitta Luukka, and Head of the Department, Professor Epp Lauk.

The application documents should be drawn up in English and include the following documents:

1. a motivation letter;

2.  a Curriculum Vitae (CV), complying with the guidelines for responsible conduct of research and following, where possible, the template CV for researchers by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity;

3.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and in supervision of research work including an account of acquired complementary research funding and the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;

4.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio);

5.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s international cooperation  and activities in the field of societal interaction;

6.  a numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which  the candidate wishes to prove his or her eligibility and merits for the post.

A list of publications drawn up according to the regulations of Academy of Finland;

7.  a maximum of 10 publications, numbered in accordance with the above list (if the publications cannot be sent electronically, they are asked to be arranged in four packages for the external evaluators and mailed to the University Registry Office, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland);

8.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of how the applicant plans to develop the research, teaching and societal interaction related to the domain of the post in the Faculty of Humanities.

Please submit your application at the latest on February 1, 2015 using the online application form.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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