Vacancy: Senior lecturer in Design Studies with specialization in child culture

HDK – Academy of Design and Craft, Sweden
Apply by April 21, 2017

Child Culture Design Studies is a unique area for HDK in which the connection between social science and artistic skills is studied based on the child’s perspective, development and role in society.

The ambition of HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts, is to be one of Europe’s most attractive and exciting fine arts academies. The Academy pursues research and education in the fields of design, crafts and educational sciences. The institution involves itself in social issues large and small and helps contribute to a sustainable society and a brighter future.

HDK’s academic programmes in the field of design are based on a holistic view of the discipline and focus particularly on the shared creative expertise that lies at the heart of all design work. The design programme consists of the Design programme at the first-cycle level, the Design, Child Culture Design (CCD) programme at the second-cycle level, and the Business & Design programme taught in collaboration with the university’s School of Business, Economics and Law. The Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) also offers a third-cycle (doctoral) programme in design with around ten doctoral student positions and is working actively to build up a research environment. We also offer stand-alone courses in the field.

Subject area
Design Studies with specialization in child culture

Specific subject description
Design as taught at the Academy of Design and Crafts involves a dialogue among practice-based, theoretical and social issues related to design and design practice. We focus on design as a creative artistic practice, from the reflecting practitioner’s knowledge about the act of designing with an insider’s perspective to the debate and theory concerning design on-going in various social, cultural, economic and technological contexts, both in the contemporary times and historically. As such, a critical discussion of the subject includes a discussion of the societal, historical, disciplinary and theoretical contextualising and conceptualising of the subject in a broader context, i.e., what we term ‘design studies’.

An important ingredient in the approach of CCD is input from research and knowledge from other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology and pedagogy. The students are then trained in translating this knowledge in design projects. Child Culture Design Studies is a unique area for HDK in which the connection between social science and artistic skills is studied based on the child’s perspective, development and role in society.

Job assignments
You will be a member of the faculty working with the design programmes at the first-, second- and third-cycle levels and you will be conducting research. The position is primarily active in the CCD master’s programme. As a senior lecturer, you will take part in teaching, supervision, administration and various forms of development work, and you are expected to play an active role on the teaching staff. You are expected to conduct research as part of your position and thus promote development of the Child Culture Design Studies field.

You will be responsible, along with others, for working to make our organisation outwardly focused and involved in social issues and for developing and problematising design and the designer’s role from an artistic perspective. The work includes a focus on knowledge acquisition, methods/processes, participation/co-creation, sustainable development, post-disciplinarianism, gender/norm criticism and global challenges.
Today, the Child Culture Design approach includes the development of a multidisciplinary knowledge platform that is a result of targeted lectures, seminars and literature studies in parallel with practical project work. You will be responsible for further developing and then implementing Child Culture Design Studies in collaboration with those responsible for the courses and programme.

Eligibility
Qualifications for appointment as a senior lecturer include evidence of teaching skills as well as having passed the doctor’s exam or having equivalent scientific knowledge or other proficiency of significance with respect to the position’s subject content and the assignments that will be part of the position.

This position also has a minimum requirement of:
A master’s level degree in a subject relevant for CCD, such as psychology or sociology.
Grounds for assessment
Scientific expertise
-Scientific proficiency such as that demonstrated by published articles related to the subject area.
-Experience in developing scientific projects in the subject area.
-Experience in running research projects related to children’s culture, preferably in collaboration with external parties.
-Experience in having worked in multi-disciplinary projects related to design.
-Visibility and professional contexts.

Educational expertise
-Well-executed teaching and supervision at the university level.
-Commitment to and interest in the educational mission.
-Very good ability to convey knowledge and commitment to and interest in the subject.
-Experience in developing courses and educational activities.
Other criteria for assessment
-Experience relevant to the subject area, and preferably directed particularly towards play, tools of play and child development.
-Knowledge of child development and perspectives, tools of play and the potential and possibilities of play, both contemporary and historical.
-Ability and interest in working in a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary way.
-Experience in management assignments or assignments in bodies within the university (such as chair or director on boards or committees at various levels).
-Excellent cooperative and communicative skills.
-Highly developed organisational skills.
-Proficiency in both spoken and written English.

For further information:
– Regarding the position please contact head of departement +46(0)766 18 47 72, johnny.friberg@hdk.gu.se
– Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact HR Officer Elisabeth Welander +46(0)31 786 4885, elisabeth.welander@hdk.gu.se

How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applications must be structured according to the document “Instructions for applicants applying for positions as or for promotion to senior lecturer or professor at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg”. This instructions are the same as the questions in the online recruitement system. The template can be downloaded here.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete in accordance with the advertisement for the position and application template, and that it is submitted by the closing date.

Any academic publications, writings and similar not in electronic form can be sent to: The faculty office of Fine Applied and Performing Arts, Elisabeth Welander, Box 141, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden with case number DNR PER 2016/626.

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