Friday, May 13, 2011

JOB: Professor of Education, specializing in Sport & Leisure Studies

Umeå University - with its 36,700 students and over 4,200 employees - is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå University conducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

Professor of Education, specializing in Sport & Leisure Studies

The Department of Education, which is the largest department within the Faculty of Social Sciences, employs some 110 staff for a variety of stimulating tasks in education and research. We teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Education and Sports Pedagogy on behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Education. We are engaged in a great variety of study programmes such as the programmes for Sport Science, Human Resource Management and the Police Academy. Our teaching and research commissions are in a phase of expansion. We currently have some 25 doctoral students.

Our department has prioritized five research profiles – Sport Science, Evaluation and Assessment, ICT & Learning, Special Education, and Leadership, Organization and Working Life. The announced professorship is for the Sport Science profile. The role of the professor is to be an active research leader in this field and together with the staff contribute significantly to the further development and expansion of Umeå University as a strong centre in this academic field by complementing and adding to existing strengths. The successful candidate is expected to be an outstanding researcher with an active research programme and a strong track record of publications, able to attract external research funding and to collaborate nationally and internationally with other research leaders within the area and with the surrounding community. The successful candidate should be a dedicated scholar, able to attract and successfully supervise PhD students and to teach students at undergraduate level.

The department’s sport science research is conducted within the framework of the research programme People in Movement consisting of two profiles. In the profile Sport, Culture and Society, sport is studied as a cultural phenomenon where the cultures of the body in a national, comparative and historical perspective are in focus. In the profile Sport and Health, we direct focus towards the compulsory school subject Physical Education and towards the physically active human being in its leisure time. The successful candidate should be able to verify her/his scientific expertise in at least one of these profiles.

According to Chapter 4, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person who has demonstrated both research and teaching skills shall be qualified for appointment as professor.

According to Section 3.3 of the Appointment Rules for teachers (including professors) at Umeå University, research skills are assessed on the basis of the quality and quantity of the candidate’s own research, as well as their skills in research team leadership and research communication. Teaching skills refer to such skills as are listed in section 3.2 of the Appointment Rules, acquired in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Candidates should have undergone appropriate training for teaching in higher education. Research skills and teaching skills are weighted equally.

According to Section 3.7 of the Appointment Rules, assessment for the appointment of teachers shall be based on the degree to which a candidate possesses the skills required to qualify for the appointment. Furthermore, regard shall be paid to the degree to which a candidate possesses administrative and other skills of importance, taking into account the subject area specified by the university for the position and the duties and responsibilities attached to the position. Moreover, regard shall be paid to the degree to which a candidate possesses skills in developing and managing activities and staff at the university and their aptitude in interacting with and informing the surrounding community about research and developing projects.

Guidelines for applying can be found in Section 3.7 of the Appointment Rules for academic staff at Umeå University, for example:
A general assessment criterion for all academic staff is the ability to work collaboratively, as well as the knowledge, skills and aptitudes required for the fulfilment of the duties and responsibilities attached to the position.
Management skills refer to strategic leadership skills, people management skills and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge transfer skills are demonstrated through, for instance, lifelong learning activities, popular scientific publication and participation in the public debate on issues in research and education.

The university’s policy concerning gender equality will be a factor in the selection process.

Your application should consist of:
1. a brief presentation of your scientific, teaching and other experience of importance for the position.
2. a verified résumé and a list of the publications you wish to refer to. In this list, the 10 most important publications should be marked.
3. copies of diplomas, certificates etc.

Applications may be submitted either electronically or on paper. Electronically submitted documents must be PDF files. Applications and documents on paper: résumé with appendices, list of publications, reports on scientific, educational and cooperation merits must be submitted in triplicate; publications must be submitted in duplicate.

Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled.

For further information, please contact Staffan Karp, +46 (0)90-786 61 18, or Josef Fahlén, +46 (0)90-786 55 38,

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.
Your complete application, marked with reference number 311-359-11, should be sent to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 7, 2011 at the latest.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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