The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (CCRS), Faculty of Humanities, Copenhagen University (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for an associate professorship to be filled by 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The employment is temporary and will expire in 2028.
The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies is home to a number of language-based area studies (Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Arctic and Mesoamerica) and to disciplines concerned with the study of culture and religion globally. Further information about the department may be found at tors.ku.dk
The Centre for Applied Ecological Thinking (CAET) is placed in an innovative environment where researchers, alongside practitioners, will delve into humankind’s relationship with nature and resources, and develop specific, sustainable transformations. The Centre runs for seven years and is financed with DKK 34.4 million from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation. You can read more about the Centre here.
The director will be the chief executive of CAET and bear responsibility for its academic and outreach activities as well as daily management. The director refers to the Head of Department of CCRS. A Steering Committee will advise the director in all academic and organisational matters and ensure the high quality of its work. Also, an advisory board will be appointed to advise the Steering Committee and director on matters concerning CAET’s strategic development.
The director must have an international academic profile in the field of environmental humanities; a high degree of experience with public outreach and networking; managerial experience; a plan for future research, dissemination, and outreach; and a strong vision for the Centre.
Considering the substantial public engagement of CAET, proficiency in a Scandinavian language is required. The director must be able to establish a creative, engaged, and explorative space for a diversity of scholars and stakeholders while maintaining CAET’s focus and momentum. Furthermore, the director should be able to organise and energise collaborations with environmental academia at UCPH, as well as internationally, in order to expand a growing network of committed scholars affiliated to CAET. Thus, the director will be a visionary, collaborative, and research-based facilitator for the activities taking place at the Centre.
Since the position will be at the level of associate professor, the applicant must have research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved by satisfactory employment as an assistant professor or tenure track assistant professor.
Associate professors are expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the department, including examinations and administration, and to manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, support assistant professors, and participate in academic assessment panels.
Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH.
We are looking for a director of the Centre who can and will contribute to the green transition by making humanistic researchers’ extensive knowledge of ecology and human beings more readily available to the surrounding society.
As Centre director, you will get the opportunity to create and influence a unique, interdisciplinary environment in which researchers from the Faculty of Humanities are placed together with thinktanks, NGOs, and other green organisations.
Through a comprehensive programme for co-creation, knowledge sharing, and experimental outreach activities, CAET must develop new views of nature, visions of society, and proposals for specific sustainable development.
You are a recognised researcher in the field of environmental humanities and have suggestions for how humanities research can be brought into play in order to develop green thinking. You are a visionary, motivating, and networking leader who can involve and engage the faculty's researchers in the new Centre – and will reach out to the outside world and create alliances that support the purpose of CAET.
Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.
You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria here.
Find more information for recognising merit for associate professors here.
Further details about the qualification requirements for associate professor can be found in the ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here.
And you can read more about the position in the job description here.
For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Annika Hvithamar, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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