Professor of Practice in the field of University-Wide Art Studies

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. 

School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a significant player in its impact on social life. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. The School of ARTS will move to rapidly modernizing campus in Otaniemi Espoo during summer/autumn 2018. The Otaniemi campus will be a collaborative hub, supporting flexible and collaborative ways of working.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for the following position:

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE in University-wide Art studies

The position is fixed-term for four years. The starting date is January 1, 2019, or appropriate.


Main duties and responsibilities

The professor will work in the creative and internationally recognized environment of Aalto University and School of ARTS. The position serves the University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS), at the Department of Art that is known for nationally and internationally recognized high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities and research. UWAS currently provides arts-based transdisciplinary education for all Aalto students.

Although the Professor of University-Wide Art Studies is situated in the Department of Art s/he will work with all six schools in Aalto, including School of ARTS, School of Business, School of Chemical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and School of Science. The professor will provide leadership to direct, oversee, review, develop, and implement UWAS for Aalto. The professor will work directly with all stakeholders, including students, faculty, and the schools and Aalto University leadership to develop and improve planning, communication, and outreach.

The professor will also provide vision for the future as well as pragmatic management of UWAS. The vision includes the future of arts-based transdisciplinary education for all Aalto students, and its connection to Aalto University’s strategy, and other Aalto-wide studies and initiatives. The management includes the day-to-day running of the studies, including curricular planning, study programming, space management, fiscal and employee matters, and communication outreach. The professor would work with different groups to address the question of what constitutes university-wide art studies for all Aalto students, now and in the future, and how it is best provided in relation to the wider university and society.

What we expect from you

The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of art studies in higher education. The applicants will be reviewed based on their academic leadership, artistic work and research, teaching, and activity overseeing or managing university-wide or similar studies. The professor shall have capability to work broadly with all the art related fields and disciplines, and competence areas within those fields as well as with the whole community at Aalto.

The applicant is expected to have

  • Experience with arts-based transdisciplinary studies, or similar programs or units within a higher education context (university or college)
  • Cutting-edge agenda regarding arts-based practices for students
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration, especially in higher education
  • An earned doctoral degree in a relevant field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (familiarity with Finnish and/or Swedish language may be beneficial).

Salary and benefits

Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement benefits.


How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the applicants are required to submit the following material:

  1. Motivation letter including a statement of past, current, and future artistic practice and/or research related to arts-based transdisciplinary studies (max. 3 pages, max 100 MB)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)
  3. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic portfolio (max 100 MB)
  4. Teaching portfolio
  5. The names and contact information of three references

For a full list of materials required for the application (criteria 2-4 above) please see following link:
http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/tenuretrack/for_applicant/

All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files and are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto ARTS. The application material will not be returned.

Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than, August 15, 2018 (Finnish time UTC +3 during daylight saving time). The link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.

Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis. This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed based on information available on public databases.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts during the second phase of the application process.

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at:
www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant


Additional information

For additional information, please contact Professor Kevin Tavin, firstname.lastname (at) aalto.fi, or in recruitment process related questions HR-coordinator Elina Helminen (on vacation 27.6.-6.8.2018), firstname.lastname (at) aalto.fi.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.