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Job: Professor of Practice position in curating and mediating art, Aalto University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, February 4. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Professor of Practice position in curating and mediating art
Aalto University is a new university created from the merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology. The new university's ambitious goal is to rank among the top universities in the world in its areas of specialization. The combination of three universities opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research.

The goal of the Aalto University School of Art and Design is to be a dynamic, international school that promotes the development of creative fields, the regeneration of Finnish culture and artistic education and furthers innovation-based business that supports sustainable development. The School cooperates actively with industry, the cultural sector and the surrounding society and forms networks with the best international universities and centers of expertise in order to realize its goals. The teaching and research of the School of Art and Design focus on design, media, art education, visual culture and audio-visual presentation. The Aalto University School of Art and Design has approximately 1900 students and 450 staff.

Aalto University School of Art and Design invites applications for:

The Aalto Professor of Practice 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 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 department consists of four different training programs, which are 1) Art Education, areas of specialization: Art Education, Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, 2) Environmental Art, 3) ePedagogy Design, and 4) Fine arts. The Department of Art is an internationally acknowledged education and research unit.

The now open professorial position is the first of its kind in Finland. Therefore preference will be given to candidates with a strong ambition for creating a new kind of degree program and educating students to participate open-mindedly in the field of arts.

The application materials for the Professor of Practice position should include the following appendices:

Application letter addressed to the President of Aalto University
Curriculum vitae
List of publications and other works (the most important ones marked)/a list of activity in the field of art or art education
Brief description of your views regarding the future development of the field.
All application materials should be in English.

For additional information, please contact Head of Department, Professor Helena Sederholm, tel. +358 50 314 1546, e-mail: helena.sederholm -at-, or Leader of the Cumma program, Lecturer Riikka Haapalainen, tel. +358 40 5235544, e-mail: riikka.haapalainen -at-

The language requirements for applicants are described in more detail in the application instructions.

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

Please find detailed application instructions attached.

The applications for the Professor of Practice positions are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University preferably by e-mail to rekry-taik -at- no later than on 8th March 2011. The street address of the Registry is Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki (Registry closes at 3.00 p.m.), and the postal address is Aalto University, P.O.Box 31000, FI-00076 Aalto. For details on submitting the application electronically, please see the attached application instructions.

Should there be a lack of eligible applicants, the application period may be extended. Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the professorial positions.

The application materials will not be returned.

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