Senior Lecturer in History

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2024

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The subject of history at Karlstad University is part of ISK – a multidisciplinary department that also includes political science, civics, religious studies, cultural studies, and risk and environmental studies. The department currently has around 100 employees, of whom 20 specialise in history.

The subject offers courses and programmes at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level. We also offer freestanding thematic courses and courses in archival science comprising up to 60 credits. The subject has a long tradition of collaborating with local archival institutions, as well as extensive experience in distance education. The subject is mainly active within the university’s teacher education programmes, primarily the secondary education programme. In terms of research, our focus is on the 20th and the 19th centuries.

Subject-specific education research and profession-oriented research play an important role and the subject has close collaboration with subject-specific education environments such as the Centre for Social Science Didactics (CSD).

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As senior lecturer in history, you are expected to plan and teach courses at undergraduate and master’s level, requiring broad knowledge of history. Teaching includes planning and implementation, supervision, assessment, course development and evaluation. In addition, duties also include collaboration, development work and administrative tasks. Duties at doctoral level may be required. Time allotted for continuing professional development typically accounts for 20% of the working hours, used for research or other professional development.

Emphasis is on teaching and supervision in history within the teacher education programmes, both on campus and via distance learning. Teaching is normally conducted in Swedish, and occasionally in English. Development and planning are carried out in close collaboration with other teachers in the subject and you are expected to work primarily on campus in order to actively participate in the development work within teaching, research and collaboration at subject, department, and faculty level.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the position of Senior Lecturer in History, applicants are required to have demonstrated teaching expertise. Applicants are also required to hold a Degree of Doctor in History or equivalent academic expertise, or equivalent professional qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein. The position also requires a good command of Swedish, Norwegian or Danish, as well as the ability to teach in Swedish and English.

Pursuant to the Karlstad University appointments procedure, teachers must possess the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved, meaning that you have the ability to collaborate and interact with colleagues and students in a respectful manner, take responsibility for the activities within the subject and your own duties, and contribute to a good working environment, as well as having completed training in higher education pedagogy. Candidates who have not completed courses in higher education pedagogy may still be hired, provided that they use the time allotted to continual professional development to complete the required courses within two years of employment, or that they apply for validation of prior learning. For other eligibility requirements, refer to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure procedure_eng_20220928.pdf

Assessment criteria

In the assessment, equal weight will be given to research expertise and teaching expertise.

Special weight will be given to:

  • Documented pedagogical experience of teaching history at undergraduate and master’s level.
  • Research expertise documented through your own current research in history, as well as high potential for future research projects based on quality rather than quantity.
  • Personal qualities such as good collaboration skills and the ability to work in a structured manner.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.

Considerable weight will be given to:

  • Experience of research in the area of the early modern period and/or the Middle Ages.
  • Documented experience of teaching history to teacher students.

Weight will be given to:

  • Recent experience of collaborating with the surrounding community.
  • Experience of communicating research findings and development work.
  • Documented ability to apply for and secure external research funding.

Valuable qualifications:

  • Recognised or distinguished teaching and assessment skills.
  • Experience in teaching archival science.
  • Experience in teaching history education.


Start date 1 January 2025, or by agreement. Full-time position (100%). A probationary period may be required.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “What should be included with my application?”

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • certificate to verify completed courses in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • an account of other relevant experience
  • an account of managerial and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • an account of collaborations, international network experience, etc.
  • a list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • language proficiency certificates
  • copy of PhD degree certificate or documented equivalent academic expertise, or equivalent professional qualifications deemed relevant to the nature of the position and the duties included therein.
  • no more than 10 scientific publications and no more than 5 materials intended to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, computer programs for teaching, or popular science articles
  • two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to the following address:

Karlstads universitet

Application deadline: 15 August 2024                                    

State the REK2024/90

We look forward to your application!

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