Tenure-track assistant professorship or associate professorship in Theatre and Performances Studies

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship or associate professorship in Theatre and Performance Studies to be filled by 1 August 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies primarily works with art and cultural products, cultural theory and history and cultural dissemination. The institute provides a framework for international research and higher education from BA to PhD level. Theatre and Performance Studies covers both traditional theater science disciplines as well as performance studies and theory.

Further information about the institute can be found at https://artsandculturalstudies.ku.dk/

Job content
The position involves research and research-based teaching and supervision in Theatre and Performance Studies on BA and MA level, and for the associate professor on PhD level, including related administration and dissemination tasks. Competencies within these two areas will be emphasized (see more below). Further, the successful candidate should be able to engage in teaching and research projects across the different sections of the department.

The general expectation is that the appointed candidate will be able to teach in Danish and in English. Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years) non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as to interact in Danish with colleagues and students.

Qualification requirements
The candidate must be able to document research in performing arts based on contemporary theatre and performance theory and in artistic practices within this field. The candidate will be required to rethink the courses in Theatre History in collaboration with the other teaching staff at the section for Theatre and Performance Studies and in correlation with the curatorial, dramaturgical, and analytical dimensions of the education in Theatre and Performance Studies. As such, it will be an advantage if the applicant can document excellent teaching skills, including experience with curriculum development.

Applicants should be able to engage in dynamic collaborations with other sections and research environments of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. Further, the section for Theatre and Performance Studies wishes to develop our collaborations with external research and cultural institutions.

Applicants who are experienced in the development of such collaborations as well as curriculum developments will be preferred. Applicants must engage actively in attracting external research funding.

Associate professor
Applicants for associate professorships must have research and teaching qualifications corresponding to at least the level attained on successful completion of a tenure track assistant professorship. The associate professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the department, including examinations and administration, and also to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision and support to assistant professors.  

The criteria as associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities can be found here: https://humanities.ku.dk/about/vacancies/5668eng_Lektorkriterier_paa_HUM_KUendelig.pdf

For further details about the qualification requirements for associate professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: staff  https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=140435 (only in Danish)

Tenure-track assistant professor
Applicants should have research qualifications equivalent to having a completed PhD education in the field.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. 

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage: http://employment.ku.dk/tenure-track/tenure-track-at-ucph/.

For further details about the qualification requirements for tenure-track assistant professor, please read more in the job structure for academic at the Universities: staff:  https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=140435 (only in Danish)

Qualifications requirements for both positions

The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.  

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

Tenure-track assistant professors and associate professor must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications must be documented and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Mette Sandbye, e-mail: sandbye@hum.ku.dk

Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:

Please write in the application which position you are applying 

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching). For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University Guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure 
After the application deadline, the Head of the Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0010/19-2P.

Salary and conditions of employment 
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). It is possible to negotiate salary supplements based on qualifications.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary.

For more information about the different pension schemes, please see: 

The Faculty of Humanities offers a special start-up package, read more here: https://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad: https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/tax/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. See: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GBhttps://www.workindenmark.dk/ and https://ism.ku.dk

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2020 23:59 CET.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.



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Application deadline: 26-02-2020
Employment start: 01-08-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Kunst -og Kulturvidenskab

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