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Job offer: Associate Professor in Journalism at the Centre for Journalism

07.02.2019 11:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

University of Southern Denmark

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense invites applications for one or more associate professorship in journalism as of May 1, 2019 or soon thereafter.

Successful candidate(s) must be able and willing to support the department in realizing its two overarching strategic objectives: First, we strive to produce original ideas through high-quality and pioneering research. Second, we want to address major societal challenges and to exchange knowledge with society through high-quality study programmes and genuine engagement with societal actors and the wider public. The department values a diversity of competences and academic profiles, and, thus, applicants must present a clear academic profile. By academic profile we understand the combined quality of research, teaching and societal engagement. For more information about the department and its strategy, please visit the website.

The successful applicant(s) will be affiliated with Centre for Journalism. Specifically, the new associate professor(s) will be associated with the new Media Research and Innovation Centre which was launched on January 1, 2019. The aim of the centre is to improve journalism in multiple ways by producing new knowledge about journalism in the 21th century, by reviewing and condensing existing knowledge and – not the least – by working closely together with the journalism industry. Thus, our ideal candidate will not only be a talented and internationally oriented researcher but also someone who engages in development projects (of, for example, formats, business cases, technologies) and knowledge exchange activities (e.g. acting as an expert on committees or offering courses to professional journalists and/or editors). Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with aims, goals and activities of the Media Research and Innovation Centre.

The successful applicant(s) will be tasked with a range of obligations at the department, including:

  • Strengthen the relationship between the university and the media industry as part of the Media Research and Innovation Centre.
  • Conduct and publish research at a high international level in areas of relevance to the Media Research and Innovation Centre, e.g. digital journalism, citizen journalism, media monitoring, robot journalism or new practices.
  • Conduct teaching and supervision within the department’s entire portfolio of study programmes, but primarily within the journalism programmes. This workload may also include consultancy work for news organizations, delivering courses and presentation in news rooms, doing analysis for media companies etc.
  • Perform a number of research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collectively by e.g. joining common research projects, seeking external funding, and supervision of PhD students
For applicants to qualify for the position, the following criteria must be met (please also consult the Scholarly Qualification Matrix):
  • Delineate a research profile aligned with plans of the Media Research and Innovation Centre indicating a po­tential of making international scholarly impact.
  • Document a substantial publication record at an inter­nationally recognized level.
  • Document the ability to form and develop professional networks.
  • Document ample experience with various teaching and supervision formats as well as good teaching results.
  • Document the ability to develop and implement new pedagogical or didactical techniques.
  • Have experience with and genuine interest in outreach or knowledge-sharing activities.
  • Document fulfilment of ONE of the following specific criteria:
    • Success in attracting larger amounts of external funding (e.g. as co-applicant), and strong potential for successful fundraising of major projects within 2-3 years.
    • Strong experience and good results with genuine course development and coordination and/or contribution to published teaching material.
    • Proven ability to identify societal problems and shape research agenda accordingly.

It is important to us that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to taking part in the everyday academic and social environment at the department. Such engagement can be documented by, for example, past engagement in social and professional activities. Within a three-year period, foreign applicants are expected to master the Danish language at a level which enables reading Danish exam papers and administrative documents.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For further information, please contact Head of Department, Christian Elmelund-Præstekær or Head of the Centre for Journalism, Peter Bro,

Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • An elaborated research plan (max 3 pages) for the next 4 years describing: the potential to advance in the field (both empirically and theoretically), relation to the aim and goals of the Media Research and Innovation Centre, planned national and international collaborations, the potential for obtaining external funding
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration

Furthermore, applicants applying for an associate professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and guide for teaching portfolio may be found here.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an Associate Professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews with especially promising applicants. On the basis of the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointments committee, the Head of Department determines which candidate(s) will be offered the position.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 01/03/2019 using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link here. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.



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