Associate Professorship in Interdisciplinary Research Practices at the Novo Nordisk Center for Practice-based Art Studies, University of Copenhagen

The Novo Nordisk Center for Practice-based Art Studies at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship in art history focusing on interdisciplinary research practices to be filled by September 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job Content
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Practice-based Art Studies (PASS) at the University of Copenhagen was established in June 2023 for a five-year period to develop an innovative approach to art studies. The center is located at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK) that provides a framework for research and teaching - from BA to PhD level - in the fields of art history, literary studies, modern culture, musicology, theatre and performance studies and visual culture.  PASS focuses on integrating practice-based research with academic inquiry to foster a deeper understanding of the societal role and functions of art. It aims to build and consolidate a national research, education, and development environment that bridges theoretical art historical research with applied, practice-based research and knowledge production within the art world's social and institutional networks. A significant purpose is to empower early-stage researchers in the field to work in the sector and to translate their research into different forms of practice.

PASS's research platform underscores the multifaceted nature of knowledge production in art studies, including art production, archiving, curating, exhibitions, and the dissemination of art. Central to the center's ethos is the understanding that these practices are situated, with knowledge and insights inseparable from the institutional logics and social processes of the art world.

With the associate professorship, PASS aims to create, develop and explore relationships between the diversity of disciplines and practices that come together in art studies and visual arts research today. Drawing on professional experience both within and outside academia, the Associate Professor will be expected to contribute to the development of PASS as well as to international research on the relationships between practice and knowledge production, focusing on deepening and expanding the understanding of how interdisciplinary practices and methods can be applied in the field of art studies. The teaching associated with the position will be aimed both at early-stage researchers and practitioners at postgraduate level under the auspices of PASS, and at students on other programmes in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, in particular students on the Masters programmes in Art History, Modern Culture and Visual Culture.

The advertised Associate Professorship in interdisciplinary research practices is is a fixed-term appointment starting on 1 September 2024 and expiring on 31 May 2028.

Qualification Requirements
In connection with the appointment to the position of associate professor, we emphasize that the applicant must have research, practice, and teaching qualifications equivalent to those achieved through satisfactory employment as an assistant professor or tenure-track assistant professor.

The applicant is expected to participate fully in the center's activities, including conducting and leading workshops and seminars for early-stage researchers, PhD defenses, managing research projects and other administrative tasks, providing pedagogical supervision, supporting assistant professors, and participating in academic assessment panels.

The position's duties are evenly distributed across teaching-related tasks and research-related tasks (including relevant administration and knowledge sharing). Thus, the assessment of applicants' qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in teaching, pedagogy, and didactics as well as in research, research collaboration, and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills, experience with the development of teaching, and reflections on effectively integrating research and teaching activities will be given priority.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Copenhagen's guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing staff at UCPH: Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

Additionally, the following professional and personal qualifications will be emphasized:

Applicants are expected to demonstrate considerable experience in at least two out of PASS's three disciplinary areas of concern: art practice, history of art, and museum or archive practice.

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. These criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) provide a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Moreover, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Further details on the criteria can be found here: Criteria for recognising merit – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

More information on recognizing merit for associate professors can be found here:

5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf (ku.dk)

Non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient for interaction with colleagues and students within a reasonable period (3-6 years).

Further details about the qualification requirements for an associate professor can be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here: Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Helle Munkholm Davidsen at hmd@hum.ku.dk, or Head of PASS, Professor Mikkel Bogh, at mibo@hum.ku.dk.

Application
Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

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

  • Application letter/cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. Enclosed publications must be marked with a star*.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organizing research, establishment of research seminars, symposia, and congresses, etc.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organization of classes, materials, courses, and other forms of teaching): Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the application deadline. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 5.

If any material submitted consists of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The faculty may request 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 Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are 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 committee's composition. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR at hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0589/24-2E.

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). The salary range starts at DKK 42,300, (EUR 5,600), plus a 17.1% contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad. Please see: For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at UCPH. More information is available at: New to Denmark (nyidanmark.dk).

The University of Copenhagen encourages everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 22 April 2024, 23:59 CEST.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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Application deadline: 22-04-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Department/Location: Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab

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