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The Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University invites applications for a permanent associate professorship or professorship in social pedagogy 953420

The Department of Educational Sociology at the Danish School of Education at Aarhus University invites applications for an associate professorship or professorship in social pedagogy.

The associate professorship/professorship is a permanent position which begins on 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is based at DPU campus Emdrup/Copenhagen or Aarhus. It is important that the successful applicant takes part in the daily activities of the department, including both teaching and supervising. Since the department is situated in both Aarhus and Copenhagen, the successful applicant should expect some travel activity between Aarhus and Copenhagen.

The successful applicant will be expected to strengthen research activity and output as well as contributing to the high profile of social pedagogy research at Aarhus University.

The position
Social pedagogy is part of the Master’s degree programme in educational sociology, which combines elements from classical sociology and pedagogy with empirical studies of education and pedagogy for the entire lifespan (daycare, schools and adult education). The Department of Educational Sociology covers a broad range of research interests (daycare, second-chance schools, gerontology, university and broader forms of adult education, the history of education and schooling); and teaches the degree programme in educational sociology (theory, research methods, pedagogy, education, social pedagogy and leadership and organisation). The department cooperates closely with alumni from the Danish School of Education. Additionally, the department is strongly committed to attracting national and international external funding.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange, and to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development.

Research
Social pedagogy at DPU, Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network, particularly in Europe and the Nordic countries. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in developing the multidisciplinary research programme in social pedagogy. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of educational studies and the general educational and sociological community at the department in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners, and external research funding.

The applicant must therefore be able to document original scientific production at the highest international level, as well as significant scholarly contributions to theoretical and thematic developments within social pedagogy. The applicant is also asked to state his/her visions for future developments in the field, and to document a solid track record in research leadership as well as in international research funding and international research cooperation.

Teaching
The successful applicant will be expected to have solid experience of teaching at university level, and should be prepared to teach and supervise at all levels of the degree programme in educational sociology. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in the curriculum development of educational sociology, including the application of innovative teaching methods such as collaborative student involvement.

Talent development
The associate professor will be expected to contribute to talent development within the fields of educational sociology with a special focus on social pedagogy. He/she will be expected to supervise PhD students as well as teaching and developing PhD courses.
The successful applicant for the professorship will be expected to recruit, supervise and integrate PhD students in the department’s research environment, as well as participating in the development and implementation of PhD courses in educational sociology with a special focus on social pedagogy.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications
The successful applicant for the associate professorship must have a PhD or the equivalent in social pedagogy, sociology, pedagogy or another relevant field in the social sciences or humanities, as well as research and teaching qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship, and must also be able to document:
• A strong research profile within the area of social pedagogy
• Experience of quantitative and/or qualitative methods on an advanced level
• An internationally oriented research profile
• A strong, relevant international publication profile
• Participation in national and international research networks
• Experience of participation in collective research projects
• Teaching experience in areas of relevance to educational sociology, interdisciplinary teaching experience including innovative teaching methods, and mastery of academic English in the classroom
• Proficiency in languages relevant to the area of research
• Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation
• Experience of attracting external research funding
• Experience of supervising student projects, and an interest in researcher talent development.

The successful applicant for the professorship must provide research plans and explain how she/he will meet the expectations of the professorship with regard to strengthening and developing research and teaching in social pedagogy. The applicant must also be able to document:
• A strong research profile within the area of social pedagogy
• Experience of quantitative and/or qualitative methods on an advanced level
• Academic publications at the highest international level, including research innovation in the field of social pedagogy
• Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
• Proficiency in languages relevant to the area of research
• Experience of interdisciplinary cooperation
• Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding of relevance  to  the field of educational sociology
• Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels of relevance to educational sociology
• Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the supervision  of Ph.d. projects.

The successful applicant must be able to teach and publish in English. If the successful applicant cannot speak Danish, she/he will be required to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the department’s academic environment. We emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.

For further information about the position, please contact the Head of Department of Educational Sociology, Christian Christrup Kjeldsen, email: kjeldsen@edu.au.dk tel.: +45 5137 0188.

Read about the Department of Educational Sociology here

The application must be submitted in English. 

Formalities

  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations .
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output. When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, applications must be submitted in English. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

08.02.2018
Please apply online here

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