Call for Applications: Professor in Dance Performance at the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki. Closing date is June 15, 2017.
The degree programme in dance and master’s degree programme in dance performance at the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is a nurturer of Finnish artistic traditions and a springboard for the artists of the future. At Uniarts Helsinki, you become part of a diverse and vibrant community that brings new perspectives, models of thinking and vitality to society. Uniarts Helsinki came into being in early 2013 with the merger of the Academy of Fine Arts, the Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy. Students number around 2,100 in total and man-years approximately 700. The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki (TeaK) is a bold, inclusive pioneer in the education and research of performing arts in Europe. The bachelor’s degree programme in dance consists of three years’ intensive contact studies. The studies develop the student’s performance skills, independent and reflective artistic identity, and provide qualifications to work in diverse and changing contexts of dance art. The degree programme in dance provides students with qualifications for various professional roles in the field of dance as well as advances their preparedness to advance to master’s degree studies. The aim is for students to become independent creators in their own field, understanding their own artistic leanings and able to find their place in the field of dance as developers and reformers of its art and structures. The teaching language of the degree programme in dance is Finnish. The master’s degree programme in dance performance consists of intensive studies over two academic years. The studies develop the student’s performance skills, independent and reflective artistic identity, and provide qualifications to work in diverse and changing contexts of dance art. Versatile studies on the practices of performance within the frameworks of dance art and related arts form the core of the studies. The programme consists of thematic studies in dance as well as artistic projects, contextual studies providing a background on contemporary performance and dance practice, individual studies and a written thesis. The master’s degree programme in dance performance advances students’ preparedness for doctoral studies, and it collaborates with the Theatre Academy’s Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke). Teaching languages of the master’s degree programme in dance performance are Finnish and English. Professor in Dance Performance: assignments and placement The Professor in Dance Performance is placed within the degree programme in dance and the master’s degree programme in dance performance. The degree programme in dance admits at most 15 students every other year, whereas the master’s degree programme in dance performance admits at most 14 students every other year. During the academic year 2016-2017 students numbered a total of approximately 40. The tenure begins 1 August 2018 or as agreed and is five years in length. Teaching is within dance performance, with an emphasis on the performative aspects. The salary of a Professor is determined according to competency level 8 or 9 in the university wage system. The Professor leads and develops the degree programme in dance and the master’s degree programme in dance performance together with the staff of the degree and master’s degree programmes, as well as the leaders and staff of other degree programmes. The Professor actively interacts with society, both in Finland and abroad. The assignments of the Professor include developing the Theatre Academy and Uniarts Helsinki as well as undertaking administrative tasks. According to section 4.1. of the Theatre Academy Regulation, the role of the Professor as leader of a degree programme entails: leading the degree programme assuming responsibility for the artistic-pedagogic strategy and its development responsibilities as supervisor and financial responsibility recruitment of hourly paid teachers responsibility to handle issues concerning teaching and recruitments in a manner that involves the staff and students responsibility for ensuring that feedback is regularly collected and taken into account negotiating and approving the performance agreement negotiating and approving contracts within the Professor’s jurisdiction providing statements on study rights and study issues to the Teaching Council or another party processing other issues relating to the unit. The assignments of the Professor are agreed in greater detail in the work plan, prepared for one academic year at a time. The full working time of the Professor is 1,624 hours per academic year. Eligibility and competence requirements Section 33 of the Universities Act According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a professor shall carry out and oversee scientific or artistic work, provide research-based tuition, follow developments in science or art, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field. Government Regulation (770/2009) Section 1 decrees the following regarding required skills in Finnish and Swedish: A person holding a teaching and research assignment at a university is required to speak the language, Finnish or Swedish, in which teaching is to be given. Skills in the teaching language can be attested in a manner determined in the University Regulation. In universities where degrees may be completed in both Finnish and Swedish, a person holding teaching and research assignments is also required to possess a satisfactory degree of oral and written proficiency in Finnish and Swedish. The University may grant exemption from these language skill requirements in a manner determined in the Regulation. Staff Regulation of Uniarts Helsinki According to Section 14 of the Staff Regulation of Uniarts Helsinki, a person elected Professor on the basis of artistic merits is required to hold a suitable doctorate degree and/or excellent artistic merits and good teaching skills. The successful candidate is expected to possess expertise in the field he or she represents, as well as experience in international operations and collaboration. A professor elected on the basis of research merits is required to hold a suitable doctorate degree, to have carried out high-quality research, to possess the ability to provide high-quality, research-based teaching and instruction as well as be able to present proof of international activity. According to Section 7 of Uniarts Helsinki’s Staff Regulation, general qualification requirements include such education, experience and language skills as are required for the assignment in question, as well as other required skills such as, for example, cooperation and interaction skills. Assignments that comprise teaching require studies in university pedagogy or sufficient pedagogic experience and teaching skills. Assignments that comprise research require sufficient skills and experience to carry out research. If the role comprises leadership assignments, there are requirements on suitable education, familiarity with the field and suitability for leadership assignments. The Rector may decide to deviate from the language skill requirements for Professors in cases when it is deemed that the assignment can be managed successfully without said requirements being met, and when deviating from the language skills requirements would enable the University to choose the more competent candidate. Professor in Dance Performance: competence requirements The Professor in Dance Performance is selected based on artistic merits. In addition to the statutory requirements on eligibility and competence and the stipulations of the Staff Regulation, successfully handling the role of Professor in Dance Performance requires extensive experience in the different fields of dance performance, traditions of contemporary dance and knowledge of current approaches and phenomena within dance performance. A successful candidate is expected to have an interest in teaching, developing, reforming and researching the field. The position requires pedagogic competence, experience of leadership and interactive skills, as well as a commitment to carrying out this full-time assignment. Appointing the Professor In accordance with a decision by the Recruitment Council, the position of Professor in Dance Performance is to be filled through open recruitment. At the proposal of the Dean, the Rector hires the Professor to a fixed-term contract at the Theatre Academy. The Dean makes her proposal based on the proposal of the Recruitment Council. The choice is based on an overall comparison of merits in relation to the requirements presented in this summary. We will pay special attention to the capacity of our chosen candidate to successfully carry out the assignments listed herein. In our assessment we make use of application documents, expert statements, other possible statements possibly requested by the Recruitment Council, teaching demonstrations as well as a possible interview and/or presentation of artistic activity. Applicants should be prepared to deliver a teaching demonstration, an interview and a presentation of their own artistic activity. In questions of bias, we follow Sections 27-29 of the Administrative Act throughout the recruitment process. How to apply The application should contain four (4) copies of the following material: A freely formulated letter where the applicant states why he or she is applying for the position of Professor and how she or he would like to reform and develop the degree programme in dance and the master’s degree programme in dance performance, their degree requirements (BA and MA) and teaching as part of the Theatre Academy and Uniarts Helsinki. When presenting your views, please take into account the contemporary dance tradition and current approaches and phenomena of dance performance as well as their development outlook going forward. Curriculum Vitae A portfolio of your most important artistic merits Video recordings of your most important artistic work with regards to the position (duration: max 60 minutes) No more than three (3) possible publications. The freely formulated letter and CV should be delivered as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Other material should be delivered to the address email@example.com or the Theatre Academy registrar on P.O. Box 20 (Haapaniemenkatu 6), 00097 Taideyliopisto, Finland no later than by noon on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Recordings on a memory card must be in MP4 format. Recordings in other formats will not be taken into account. The video must be playable also on a PC. Please check the functionality of the recording beforehand and write your name on it. The application and its appendices will not be returned. Inquiries Additional information regarding the position and what it entails is provided by Dean Maarit Ruikka, Tel +358 50 581 2649, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries regarding the application procedure may be directed to Head of Administration Laura Jännes, +358 400 792 043, email@example.com.