Professor in Finnish

Updated: 4 months ago

at Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German . (Closing date: 4 April 2022.)Prolonged application time – new closing date: 25 April 2022.

The subject of Finnish constitutes one of the sections at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German which is a part of the Faculty of Humanities. The department has about 55 employees and approximately 1200 students each academic year.

Subject/subject description
The teaching at the section of Finnish is oriented towards the Finnish language in Finland and Sweden, Finnish and Sweden-Finnish literature and culture, as well as didactic perspectives on these fields. The main research areas within the section concern Sweden-Finnish as a language, Sweden-Finnish culture, sociolinguistics, Finnish as part of multilingualism in educational contexts and in literature, minority languages, literary plagiarism, the political discourse of Finland, Finnish language history and the didactics of language and literature teaching.

Main responsibilities
The position involves teaching and supervision at all levels (currently 50 %) and research and competence development (currently 50 %). The Professor is expected to take a leading role in the research development of the subject’s research fields, and to initiate, organize and lead research projects based on external funding. Furthermore, the Professor is expected to create and uphold contacts with other institutions and departments, both at Stockholm University and in other higher education institutions (nationally and internationally), not least with regard to the minority position of Finnish in the Swedish society. The Professor is also expected to be available for administrative leadership tasks at the department. Course development at different levels also is part of the duties. The Professor should also represent the subject of Finnish in various contexts.

Qualification requirements
A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching skills within the relevant fields is qualified for employment as a professor. Academic skills must have been demonstrated by independent research efforts, which are understood as more advanced than those required for a position as an Associate Professor (Docent), both qualitatively and quantitatively. Own published research as well as planning of and leading research are understood as research efforts.
Pedagogical skills must have been proven through teaching qualifications at both basic and advanced levels, as well as at the postgraduate level. Pedagogical skills are evaluated with reference to planning, performing and evaluation of teaching, and to supervising and examination of students. These skills should be well documented and in a format that facilitates evaluation. The applicant must also have a documented good ability to cooperate with colleagues and research fellows in order to fulfil the requirements of the position well. Ability and readiness to teach in Finnish, Swedish and English are required at the point of filling the position.

Assessment criteria
Particular emphasis will be placed on documented academic skills in the subject of Finnish. In the evaluation of academic skills particular emphasis is put on the experience of interdisciplinary research, especially within the fields of minority language studies and/or multilingualism. In this, both depth and extension of research, as represented in publications of own research, conducting research projects and of experience of peer reviewing other research, is of interest. Of importance in this respect is also established research cooperation at a national or an international level (including Nordic cooperation).

Strong emphasis will be placed on pedagogical skills. In particular, experiences of course development, teaching and supervising at advanced and postgraduate levels are taken into account. Emphasis is also put on corresponding teaching at basic level, and teaching experiences from different disciplines in the areas of minority language and/or multilingualism relevant to the employment. Strong emphasis will be placed on administrative skills and leadership qualifications, documented for example as experiences as principal researcher of projects, leading editorial work, experiences from being a director of study, or from other leadership duties.

Teaching and learning in higher education
Completed training in teaching and learning in higher education worth at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge, is an advantage. An applicant who has not completed at least 15 credits of teaching and learning in higher education and is not considered to have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge should undergo such training within the first two years of employment. Applicants who consider themselves to have the equivalent knowledge without having undergone formal training must state in their application how the knowledge was acquired and how it corresponds to competence provided by formal training.

Additional information
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all. Since the section of Finnish and the Department among its employees is represented by a majority of women, the underrepresented gender is recommended to apply for the position.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Charlotta Seiler Brylla, telephone +46 8 16 35 20, or via e-mail: . For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator, Charlotte Fowler, telephone: +45 8 16 29 03, or via

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

We would appreciate it if your application is written in English. Since it will be examined by international experts, English is the working language.

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Closing date: 25/04/2022

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