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  •  Temporary position longer than 6 months
  •  50 %
  •  Umeå

The School of Arts belongs to the Faculty of Humanities and is located on the Arts Campus.  Seventy-five students, about 10 employees and a large number of guest teachers work in a dynamic and international environment. The Academy of Fine Arts has a 3-year bachelor’s program (BFA) and a 2-year master’s program (MFA), both of which are divided into various courses. International contacts and exchanges are important parts of the education. Each summer one or two summer courses are offered. Artistic research has been conducted at the department for more than a decade and is an important area of ​​development.

For more information, please visit the Academy of Fine Arts website: 

The School of Arts is looking for a Professor of Fine Arts 50%, starting according to agreement.

Position description and duties
Based on the scope of the employment, 60% includes teaching and 40% research.
The position includes teaching at the undergraduate level and advanced levels, artistic research, as well as internal and external collaboration and administrative work. The tasks also include initiating research, for example through applying for external research funding, with the responsible researchers developing applied seminars, to maintain knowledge on the development of the research field and to development external contacts, while contributing to the development of the university, the institution and the subject. Teaching and supervision take place at the undergraduate level  and advanced levels. The appointment’s duties can vary over time and the distribution of tasks is based on the current conditions and needs of the institution as well as the applicable regulations.

Eligibility to be hired as a professor of fine art requires confirmation of both artistic and educational skills in fine art (Chapter 4, § 3 of the Higher Education Act).

Good language skills in English and the ability to teach in that language are requirements for the position. The successful applicant who may not be proficient in Swedish at the time of employment should be able to take on tasks that require the ability to communicate in Swedish within two years.

Assessment criteria
Assessment is mainly related to skill, and in the second place to merit (Under the Parliamentary Act of Higher Education, Chapter 12 § 5, and see also Appointment Procedure for Teachers at Umeå University, FS 1.1-1672-18).

Artistic skill must have been demonstrated through the candidate’s own artistic production or activities and development in artistic fields. Criteria for the assessment are:

• Artistic depth and expressiveness

• Artistic originality

• Visibility and appreciation in artistic practice and professional contexts

• Productivity

• Artistic research and development work

• Awards and scholarships etc.

• Collaboration with the surrounding society

Artistic skill refers to documented expressivity, depth and originality in artistic activities through productivity, visibility and value in practice and professional contexts. In addition, artistic skill refers to independent artistic research and development work, awards and scholarships, collaboration with the surrounding society and other qualifications in the field. A research degree with an artistic basis or equivalent is a requirement.

It is a merit to have received research funding for artistic research as well as being a member of research councils in the artistic field.

The pedagogical skills must have been demonstrated through documented experience of teaching on an artistic basis within a university. Criteria for assessment are:

• Ability to plan, implement and evaluate teaching as well as the ability to guide and examine students at all applicable educational levels

• Ability to vary teaching methods and forms of examination in relation to expected study results and the nature of the subject

• Experience in collaboration with the surrounding society in planning and conducting education

• Participation in the development of learning environments and teaching materials

• Reflective approach to student learning and their own teaching role

Pedagogical skill is recognised as ability to continuously review and structure the practice and development of the subject, to convey practical and theoretical knowledge, commitment and interest in the subject, and to activate student learning. This requires solid subject knowledge as well as a capacity to systematicatelly renew and one’s own compence. This competence also requires knowledge of art academy students’ learning, an ability to plan, teach, examine and evaluate university education as well as an ability to support the learning of different individuals and groups. Furthermore, it requires an ability to utilize, analyse and communicate the applicant’s and others’ experience and practice. Pedagogical competence also refers to the ability to adopt a reflective approach to one’s own teaching role, as well as knowledge of society’s goals and regulations for higher education.

The pedagogical skill level should have been acquired in teaching at the undergraduate and advanced levels.

The required competence can have been obtained through participation in higher education pedagogical education, other education of relevance to teaching within a university and / or documented, as well as proven experience of teaching within a university.

Other assessment bases include skill in developing the subject area as well as in developing collaboration with other subject areas, good individual collaboration ability, administrative skills and other aptitudes that are considered a prerequisite for the successful completion of the duties.

Weighing the assessment criteria
The requirements of the appointment, as well as institutional needs are what motivate the following important determining criteria.

Special emphasis should be given to the artistic and pedagogical skills. In comparing these two evaluation criteria, equal emphasis will be given to the both of them.

With regard to other assessment criteria, great importance should be given to skills in developing the subject area and the field of artistic research as well as to the ability to work with others. Importance should be given to the ability to collaborate across subjects, administrative skills and other suitability required in order to carry out the work duties successfully.

Further information
The employment is 50 % and is limited to 5 years (Parliamentary Act of Higher Education Chapter 4, § 10). The starting date for the employment is according to agreement.

Place of employment is Umeå, Sweden and a high level of attendance at the department is a requirement.

Further information
The employment is 50 % and is limited to 5 years (Parliamentary Act of Higher Education Chapter 4, § 10). The starting date for the employment is according to agreement.

Place of employment is Umeå, Sweden and a high level of attendance at the department is a requirement.

Information about which documents must be submitted with the application is available at Guidelines for applications for employment and promotion at Umeå University’s Faculty of Arts: 

The qualification and evaluation criteria are available at Appointments procedure for teachers at Umeå University: 

The application in English is to be submitted through Umeå University’s e-recruitment system Varbi no later than by 2020-04-15.

For more information about the position, contact the Head of Department, Katrin Holmqvist-Sten (+46-90786 59 76,

We look forward to receiving your application!


According to agreement


Katrin Holmqvist-Sten, Head of Department

+46 90 7865976,

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AN 2.2.1-1679-19


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Union representative


+46 90-786 53 65


+46 90-786 52 96


+46 90-786 54 31



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