Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

20 January 2012

Professor of Practice in Environmental Art

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Applications by March 13, 2012

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The university's ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. At Aalto there are 20,000 students with around 75,000 alumni. We have a staff of 4,500 including 300 professors.

The former Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture of the School of Engineering have merged to form the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The key areas of research in the school are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design.

The Department of Art invites application for:


The Aalto Professor of Practice (PoP) system is intended especially for the field of art, design and architecture. The Professor of Practice position provides departments with the possibility to hire highly respected professionals opening new areas of teaching and research / artistic and professional work. The position also provides possibility for re-evaluation and dynamic development of the field. The candidate will be appointed for a fixed 5-year term. The position will begin during the year 2012.

The Professor of Practice is considered a professorial position with Aalto-level requirements and external evaluation. A doctoral degree or comparable artistic qualifications and significant expertise in teaching and/or research/artistic and professional work are required for obtaining a Professor of Practice position. Furthermore, Professors of Practice are required to be committed to developing the field through research/artistic and professional work and teaching activities.


The above mentioned position is located in the Department of Art   

The tasks of the Department of Art are research into contemporary art and art education and the provision of research-based graduate and post-graduate training of art pedagogues and professionals and experts in contemporary art. Among the core tasks of the department are high-quality artistic and art pedagogical activities that have both national and international effectiveness on all levels of society. The Department of Art and Media Pori ( has been affiliated to the Department of Art in 1st January 2012.

The Unit for General Studies (YoYo) of Aalto University School of Art and Design situated at the department organises and coordinates general art studies and studies on the history and theory of art and design common to all departments of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In collaboration with other parties, the Unit for General Studies also coordinates studies in information and communication technology, compulsory and optional language studies and studies associated with research proficiency.

The Professor of Environmental art is intended for an artist who would excel as a Professor of Environmental Art. The candidate is expected to have experience in academic level teaching in environmental art field and in planning MA-level curriculum. Own research activities are highly respected. The Professor of Environmental Art should also have willingness to co-operate with landscape-architects, develop art-based environmental education and participate in establishing a bio-art laboratory in the department.

For additional information, please contact Professor Yrjänä Levanto, tel. +358 40 5483919, Head of the department, Professor Helena Sederholm, tel. +358 50 3141546 (or in recruitment process –related questions HR-coordinator Tiina Päivärinne, tel. +358 50 5241823). E-mails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The application materials for the professor of practice positions should include:

1.       Application letter addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

2.       A curriculum vitae

3.       Artistic portfolio

4.       A vision on environmental art field’s and its MA-level teaching challenges and possibilities (1–2 sheets)

5.       Description of teaching experience and teaching philosophy (max 1 sheet)

All material should be submitted in English, preferably in digital format, as PDF formats. Maximum size of one file is 20 MB. The file names are to follow the instructions given in application instructions.

The language requirements for applicants are described in the application instructions. Please find detailed application instructions attached.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

The applications for the Professor of Practice positions are to be addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University no later than on 13th March 2012, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Postal address is Aalto University, P.O. Box 31000, FI-00076 Aalto. The street address of the Registry is Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki (Registry closes as 3.00 p.m.). 

For details on submitting the application electronically, please see application instructions.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

The application materials will not be returned.

Helsinki, 18th Jan. 2012