We are seeking a professor of social work for a permanent position at the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Together with psychology, law and criminology, the department of social work at Örebro University forms the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. The subject is the main field of study on the Social Work Programme. Social work research at Örebro University is conducted within the research environment Social Work Studies and deals with various aspects of the importance of social relations and structural conditions for bringing about social change for people with difficult living conditions at different stages of their lives, within professional settings and institutions. Research within the subject concerns both studies of social problems with respect to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, and the prerequisites and conditions for social work and social interventions in connection with these.
With social work being the main field of study on one of Örebro University’s main professional degree programmes, strengthening and further developing research within the field is a priority for the university. This primarily concerns empirical research and theory development aiming to develop social work as a practice.
Örebro University and the department of social work are therefore seeking to appoint a professor of social work who is strongly rooted in the subject, who will contribute to strengthening and developing our research, and who will take charge of the department’s development. The person we are looking for will contribute to the long-term development of the department through creativity, power of initiative, engagement and commitment.
Duties include own research and teaching as well as supervision at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. As a professor, you are expected to actively pursue and have a special responsibility for attracting research funding to the department. You will also have the responsibility for strengthening and developing the department’s research activities and monitoring its international development. You are expected to communicate and collaborate on, internally and externally, your own and the department’s activities. As a professor, you are moreover expected, within the scope of your employment, to make yourself available for management and administrative assignments at the university. Due to the nature of the duties and responsibilities, a high degree of workplace presence is important.
Those qualified for the appointment as professor are applicants who demonstrate research as well as teaching expertise in the subject of social work. You must have completed a PhD in social work or in a closely related subject. Your research expertise within the subject field shall to a substantial degree, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, exceed the qualifications required for appointment as a docent.
A general eligibility requirement for appointment as a professor at Örebro University is that you have completed courses on teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to 10 weeks, and that you have completed courses on research supervision. Knowledge and skills equivalent to courses on teaching and learning in higher education may be assessed and considered to provide eligibility. If there are special grounds, these courses may be completed during the first two years of employment.
When appointing a professor, candidates’ research expertise as well as their teaching expertise shall be assessed with an equal amount of care and attention. The professor we are looking for is expected to strengthen any of the department’s existing research areas and/or complement the department with another research field of central importance to the subject. In our assessment, experience and qualifications in terms of collaboration with the wider community, of which the university is a part, will be evaluated, as will national and international experience and mobility. In addition, the candidate’s suitability, management and administrative skills will be assessed.
A general assessment criterion shall be the candidate’s ability to communicate, collaborate and engage with society, and to facilitate the utilisation of the university’s research. Other general assessment criteria are the candidate’s ability to cooperate with other staff and to contribute to the development of the university operations.
Your research expertise shall be demonstrated through independent research contributions, quantitatively as well as qualitatively; continuous high-level research output; significant external research grants; and through the planning, leading, and administration of research.
It is considered a particular advantage if you have:
- planned and led research and development work
- developed externally funded research activities
- active national and international collaborative research projects (eg joint publications)
Your teaching expertise shall be considerable and shall be demonstrated through teaching qualifications and experience as well as through contributions to varying degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. You shall be able to account for your teaching outlook and approach and have the ability to reflect on your own pedagogical development as well as on the teacher’s role. You shall also have contributed to the development of educational activities.
It is considered a particular advantage if you have:
- been involved on doctoral level courses and study programmes, including the supervision of doctoral students.
Other assessment criteria
As one of the position holder’s pivotal roles will be to lead development efforts in close collaboration with others from within the department, the school and the university in general, great attention will be paid to documented good leadership and collaborative skills. This includes your experience of leadership from within education and research, demonstrated skills in managing operations and staff, as well as your ability to organise and lead research projects, research teams and study programmes. To be considered for the position, you are required to have the ability to work with various groups and to promote collegial cooperation – skills which shall be documented with certificates and references from current and previous managers/employers. Attention will also be paid to your administrative skills.
The duties and responsibilities require the successful candidate to teach and communicate, in writing and in speech, in both Swedish and English. If you lack the ability to teach and communicate in Swedish, you would be expected to be able to do so within two years.
The position is a full-time, permanent post. At Örebro University, the salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, and positions announced are, where appropriate, subject to a trial period.
For more information about the position, contact Professor Åsa Källström, +46 19 30 30 07, email email@example.com or Head of School Kerstin Nordlöf, +46 19 30 31 80, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:
Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.
The application deadline is August 15, 2019. We look forward to receiving your application.
If you have scientific publications that cannot be attached to the application electronically, you will, once the external experts have been appointed, receive instructions on how to supplement your application.
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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.Continue reading
|Title||Professor of social work|
|Job location||Fakultetsgatan 1, 702 81 Örebro|
|Published||June 5, 2019|
|Application deadline||August 15, 2019|
|Job types||Professor  |
|Fields||Social Work,   Social Science Education  |