Scientific Positions

Associate Professor in Communication, Media and Culture 960593

Applications are invited for the position of associate professor (lektor) in English-language communication, media and culture at the School of Communication and Culture.
 
The appointment is tenured, and begins on 1 August 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The position is at the Department of English, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture, and involves research, teaching and supervision duties related to English-language communication, media and culture.
 
The position
We are looking for a dedicated candidate who 1) has contributed to research in twentieth- or twenty-first-century British, American or other English-language media, and 2) is qualified to teach core courses at BA and MA levels in English-language communication, media and culture (including literature), especially relating to the US and UK. Applicants should also demonstrate experience of teaching elective seminars in subjects related to their area of research within the fields of English-language communication, media and cultural studies.
 
A position as associate professor includes tasks and responsibilities in all of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of strengthening its strategic efforts to establish one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries.
 
Research
The Department of English and other departments at Aarhus University offer numerous opportunities for research collaboration. The School of Communication and Culture places emphasis on peer-reviewed research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration with internal and external partners, participation in collective research projects, and the attraction of external research funding.
 
Key criteria of the assessment will be the quality of the research output, which is expected to meet international standards, and successful teaching experience at university level within the areas of English-language communication, media and culture. In addition, it will be considered an advantage if an applicant
  • can demonstrate research publications across a variety of English-language media, such as film, television, video games and digital media, as well as publications on English-language culture
  • can demonstrate participation in research networks and collaborative research projects
  • has experience of developing new courses and teaching methods
  • can demonstrate experience of developing contacts with external partners in industry and connecting students with external partners as part of their degree programme
Teaching
The position includes teaching at BA and MA level. The successful applicant will be required to teach the obligatory courses in English-language communication, media and culture on the BA, MA and supplementary subject degree programmes conducted by the Department of English. Responsibilities also include teaching theory/method and interdisciplinary courses for students at the department. As well as teaching and assessment on courses in English-language communication, media and culture for students at the Department of English and possibly at other departments within the School of Communication and Culture and the Faculty of Arts, the position includes individual and group supervision at all levels.
 
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university. The appointee is also expected to contribute to the general public debate in areas related to the position. Additionally, the appointee is expected to participate in research projects with internal and external partners. Applicants should document any prior experience within the above areas.
 
Qualifications required
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to English-language communication, media and culture as well as teaching and research qualifications equivalent to those acquired in an assistant professorship, and must be able to document: 
  • a record of international research publications in English-language communication, media and culture
  • international research conference participation
  • the development of interdisciplinary English-language communication, media and culture research projects
  • relevant and successful teaching experience at university level within English-language communication, media and culture
  • a record of applying innovative teaching methods that develop students’ collaborative involvement with external partners
  • experience of applying for external funding
  • native or near-native command of English
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish within two years of commencing the appointment to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent research environment, the person appointed is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis. Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students.
 
The Department of English at the School of Communication and Culture
The Department of English is part of the School of Communication and Culture, and it currently employs over 40 full-time academic staff, a growing community of PhD students and postdocs, and a number of part-time lecturers. Its highly internationally oriented staff pursue a diversity of research interests characterised by research disciplines – literature, linguistics, lexicography, translation, business communication, media, and the study of history, society and culture – as well as geographical areas of focus, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and Canada. The department also hosts three centres: the American Studies Center Aarhus, the Canadian Studies Centre, and the Centre for Irish Studies in Aarhus.
 
Prospective applicants are invited to view the department website 
 
The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programmes across a variety of fields: literature(s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures, knowledge communication, international business communication, business languages and the arts and aesthetics. The School of Communication and Culture hosts a large variety of disciplines including English, French, German, Spanish, Scandinavian studies, semiotics, linguistics, and information and media studies. The school is the organisational framework for about 180 academic staff, 60 PhD students and around 5,000 MA and BA students.

Read more about the school’s research programmes and departments.
 
For further information about the Faculty of Arts, please visit
 
Further information
For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal, hsi@au.dk
 

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities

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 background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_december_2017.pdf

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

25.02.2018
Please apply online here

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en



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