Vacancy: Professor of Design

Konstfack, Sweden
Apply by August 31, 2017

The Industrial Design (Bachelor’s) and Individual Study Plan in Design (Master’s) Programmes at Konstfack are based on an artistic foundation. The professor has overall responsibility for artistic and educational leadership.

Konstfack is Sweden’s largest university college of art and design, with approximately 900 students and 200 employees. We offer study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level in fine art, crafts, design and teacher training. What is shared by all our study programmes is that they are based on an artistic foundation. The majority of our teachers are part-time employees and also undertake their own artistic practice alongside their teaching.

Konstfack currently has a vacancy for a professor of design

The Industrial Design (Bachelor’s) and Individual Study Plan in Design (Master’s) Programmes at Konstfack are based on an artistic foundation. The professor has overall responsibility for artistic and educational leadership, i.e. setting goals, organising, following up on and administering activities in partnership with the teachers and the head of the department. The professor primarily has day-to-day responsibility for the two-year master’s programme. The three-year bachelor’s programme is currently partly delegated to a senior lecturer. As an artistic leader, you are expected to act as a figurehead for students and faculty.

The professor participates in admissions and examinations, plans teaching, gives lectures and supports students’ development through individual discussions, reviews, critique and tutorials. The professor’s responsibilities also include teaching and supervision of foreign students and representing the subject, the programmes and Konstfack externally. On the master’s programme, teaching, supervision and examination is conducted in English.

As a professor, you, together with other faculty members, develop the main subject of design in relation to current and future challenges. This includes discussing how industrial design, service design, design for sustainable development and other design areas can approach new issues and challenges in a post-industrial social trend and how our students can be equipped for this. You are therefore committed to ensuring that the programme is in constant interaction with design research, various actors in society and a wider world. As design spans both material and immaterial practices, you have a clear vision of how sustainability, contextual and exploratory design processes and creation are integrated into the programme.

Your duties include:
overall artistic and educational responsibility for the development of the main subject.
organisational responsibility for the master’s programme, including planning and conducting teaching
developing and leading courses, primarily as part of the master’s programme within the field of study
being part of a team
supervision at master’s level
developing research

The position entails personal development work. The job also includes involvement in Konstfack’s collective work, for example in committees. The work will take place at Konstfack in agreement with professors and the head of the department.

The position
The position encompasses 70 per cent of a full-time post for no longer than five years, with the option of renewing for a maximum of another five years. Our goal is to be an equal workplace, with equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for all employees. Duties to begin as soon as possible.

Those who are eligible for a position as professor within the field of fine art have
demonstrated both artistic and teaching expertise.
The assessment of teaching skills shall be as exacting as the assessment of artistic expertise (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3),
specific expertise in the field that the position concerns (Konstfack’s Appointments Procedure)
completed university teacher training or in some other way acquired equivalent skills. An applicant who in all other respects is considered qualified but who lacks the teacher training, must pass that course (7.5 higher education credits) and acquire the missing qualifications no later than two years after the start of their appointment. (Konstfack’s Appointments Procedure).

Assessment criteria
The applicant is to have (of equal importance):

an internationally recognised or equivalent current design practice,
very good theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the field of design,
very good knowledge of current trends in contemporary design as a whole,
a pronounced commitment to and/or experience of practice-based research in the field of design,
experience of teaching and supervising at second-cycle level at university
the ability to conduct a problematising and reflective dialogue regarding sustainable development,
the ability to conduct a problematising and reflective dialogue on the basis of norm-critical perspectives (norm-critical perspectives involves highlighting and questioning norms that uphold and give contour to discriminatory power relationships),
the ability to develop the subject and conduct educational development work alongside fellow professors and teachers,
an international network in the field, relevant to teaching and research,
documented organisational and administrative skills and a good ability to cooperate,

And also (of equal importance):
experience of cooperating in various contexts, environments and disciplines,
good ability to express themselves, verbally and in writing, in English, and in one of the Scandinavian languages,

Experience of supervising doctoral students and working in a research environment is desirable.

The application must contain:
a brief account of the applicant’s own activities in the field.
a brief account of ideas and visions concerning the field’s development, content and research,
a brief account of the applicant’s view of educational development work,
an attested copy of the applicant’s CV,
documented teaching skills. Specify your experience of teaching and supervision by providing examples of courses, levels, scope, languages and your role as a teacher,
relevant copies of grades and certificates that confirm the qualifications listed in the application,
four references including name, address, telephone number and email address. At least two references must be students,
a list and representative sample of your work (max. 10 items).

Head of Department Marie-Louise Bowallius can be contacted for further information HR Administrator Malin Rengby can be contacted for general terms of employment and questions about the appointments procedure Union representatives can be reached through the Konstfack switchboard, +46 8-450 41 00.

Please submit your completed application electronically, marked with KF2017/VO2P/64, no later than 31 August 2017. Read more at Click on the vacant position for information and to submit your application.

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