Assistant/Associate Professor in Rhetoric

University of Copenhagen Department of Communication

Two positions in Rhetoric - Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for 2 positions as either tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor in Rhetoric to be filled by Aug. 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Applicants should be interested in collaborative teaching with colleagues in the section and be interested in contributing to a supportive research environment.

Special preference will be given to applicants with documented research and teaching experience in one or more of the following areas:

- Rhetorical argumentation in the tradition of Aristotle, Perelman, Toulmin, Deliberative Democracy theory, and rhetorical citizenship.

- Rhetorical didactics (oral and/or written) and experience with organizing peer feedback. Candidates must be able to prepare students for exams that include proficiency in Danish pragmatics and grammar.

 - Oral rhetoric, including narration and speak. A requirement is knowledge of voice production in practice (e.g., a background in audio logopaedics and experience with voice training). Candidates must be able to prepare students for oral exams conducted in Danish.

- History of Rhetoric

Other research areas of interest to the section are:

- Political rhetoric

- Organizational communication, rhetoric in the workplace, and crisis communication

The Section of Rhetoric is characterised by a research environment that integrates historical, critical and theoretical approaches to rhetoric’s role in civic life. The majority of research falls under the rubric of rhetorical criticism. Specific areas of expertise include political rhetoric, literary journalism, new materialisms, rhetoric of science, rhetorical citizenship, and rhetorical didactics. A distinctive trait in the degree programmes is the systematic integration of theory and practice and of oral and written communication, including voice production. Students are trained to become effective communicators across a variety of genres and media and in helping others become better communicators.

The Department of Communication is home to approx. 80 faculty members, 40 PhD students, 25 postdocs, 40 part-time lecturers, 23 administrative staff, and 2200 students. The department annually generates approx. 30 million DKK in external research funding, and it produces research and scholarship that is world leading, and which sets the agenda for many national initiatives and conversations. The department offers seven degree programmes: Philosophy, Rhetoric, Education, Film and Media Studies, Communication and IT, Information Studies, and Cognition & Communication educating successful candidates to many sectors and parts of the Danish society and beyond.

Read more about the Department of Communication at: https://comm.ku.dk

Copenhagen is a safe, highly diverse and international Scandinavian capital with a green profile and a rich cultural life. Education is free and child-care is subsidized. The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the largest in Denmark.

Qualification requirements for assistant professors

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. 

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g., number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. 
  • The applicant’s scholarly record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy.  
  • Teaching qualifications: The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching. Read more about UCPH’s Educational Charter at https://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/ and Pedagogic Basis and Guidelines at https://uddannelseskvalitet.ku.dk/quality-assurance-of-study-programmes/university-guidelines/pedagogic-basis-and-guidelines/.
    Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/
  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics.
  • Documentation of possible administrative qualifications.

Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates.

You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/

You can read more about the criteria for recognising merit for assistant professors here: 

https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabeligestillinger/

dokumenter-til-meritering/5a_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Assistant_professors.pdf

Qualification requirements for associate professors

The applicant is 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.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Hence the assessment of applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in the field of teaching, pedagogy and didactics as in the field of research, research collaboration and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills including experience with development of teaching and with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.

Applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolio when appointing staff at the UCPH https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/

Six overall criteria apply for associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational 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: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/

Find more information for recognising merit for associate professors here:  

https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/kriterier-for-videnskabelige-stillinger/dokumenter-til-meritering/5b_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-Associate_professors.pdf

Requirements for positions at both levels

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to be able to interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant and associate professorships, please read the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/criteria-for-recognising-merit/dokumenter/Ministerial_Order_no._1443_of_11_December_2019_on_Job_Structure_for_Academic_Staff_at_Universities.pdf

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jens-Erik Mai, e-mail: jemai@hum.ku.dk

Application 

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

Applicants should indicate if they apply at the assistant professor or the associate professor level.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names))
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with star*.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching) (see https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/job-application-portfolio/)
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two (three if you apply for the associate professorship) of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in English, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish will be assessed.

Appointment procedure 

After the application deadline, the Head of the Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0086/21-2N #1. 

Salary and conditions of employment 

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). For assistant professors the salary range starts at DKK 34,655 (EUR 4,657) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. For associate professors the salary range starts at DKK 38,000 (EUR 5,067) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more at this homepage: https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/tax/

The Faculty of Humanities offer a starting package for tenure-track assistant professors, please read more here: https://humanities.ku.dk/about/tenuretrack/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Find more information here: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GBhttps://www.workindenmark.dk/ and https://ism.ku.dk

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disabled status. We are actively promoting a strategy to improve the gender balance among scientific staff.

The closing date for applications is March 14 at 23:59 [*CEST/CET]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

*(Centraleuropæisk sommertid=CEST/CET = normaltid)

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Jens-Erik Mai
E-mail: jemai@hum.ku.dk

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Application deadline: 14-03-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Kommunikation
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