Associate Professor in Arts Education with Focus on Multiculturalism

Trondheim, Norway
27 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Teacher Education has about 360 members of staff, and near 4000 students. The department offers a complete degree programme that qualifies students for teaching positions in all subjects and stages of Norwegian primary and secondary education. The department also offers a wide range of continuing education and in-service courses for teachers and school leaders, and has a separate bachelor programme in archive and collection management. Many courses are offered in collaboration with other departments at NTNU. The Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education and The Norwegian Centre for Writing Education and Research are part of the Department of Teacher Education. NTNU and The Department of Teacher Education host The Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL) and have their own PhD programme in Research with focus on Teacher Education and School Practice. Members of the department carry out a wide range of school and education-based research projects.

The Department of Teacher Education is announcing a permanent full-time position as Associate Professor in Arts Education with Focus on Multiculturalism.

The successful candidate will belong to the Section for Arts, Physical Education and Sports. The section is responsible for the master degree educational programmes for compulsory school teachers in physical education, art & craft and music; the 2-year master’s programme in arts teaching and learning; teaching pedagogies in different art subjects, physical education and sport. Research and development connected to bodily learning is in focus across the section. An aim is to strengthen educational perspectives on multiculturalism and inclusion across the section.

At the present time the section has 37 members of staff with backgrounds in different art subjects, physical education and sports. Those are 2 professors, 1 visiting professor, 11 associate professors, 19 assistant professors and 4 PhD candidates. 


  • Development of arts education as a teaching and research field, with special focus on multiculturalism 
  • Teaching in subject areas like arts education (teaching and learning perspectives across different art subjects), one art subject in which the candidate has specific expertise (for example, music, visual arts, dance, drama & theatre or film), theory of science and ethics, with special focus on multicultural perspectives, in different educational programmes.
  • Research (including prospective artistic research ) and facilitation of research, with special responsibility for multicultural perspectives in arts education
  • Development and strengthening of art subjects in school and teacher education. The successful candidate is expected to take part in working teams with colleagues and contribute to interdisciplinary teaching and research projects. 
  • Supervision of different students, mostly on master’s and PhD level. 
  • Facilitation of research 
  • Organisation of examinations
  • Performance of relevant administrative tasks

The successful candidate is obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the subject and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.


Arts education in this context means a broad qualification and interest across different art subjects, with focus on aesthetic approaches to learning. It also means having a substantial qualification in the form of a doctoral degree (or similar) in an art subject. We are looking for a candidate with strong academic and artistic qualifications.

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD or Dr. of Arts) in an art subject (for example, music, visual arts, dance, drama/theatre or film) or similar, preferably with a multicultural perspective
  • Extensive teaching and research qualifications within the art subject and/or arts education, where multicultural perspectives are in focus in at least part of the teaching experience and/or research production
  • Artistic activity where an interest in multicultural perspectives is present
  • University pedagogical qualifications. Candidates without such qualifications will be required to complete a training course within two years of employment. Uniped at NTNU offers such courses. For further information see:
  • Good verbal and written qualifications in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish are necessary since supervision and examination of Norwegian texts and teaching will be an important part of the responsibilities, as well as communication and supervision of student teachers in practice in schools where Norwegian will be the teaching language. 

Additional qualifications that will be given weight:

  • Teaching experience in Norwegian or Nordic schools, Cultural schools and/or the informal arts educational section.
  • Teaching experience in teacher education or other parts of higher education. 
  • A practical-pedagogical teaching qualification

In addition to formal academic and artistic qualifications, the candidate’s personal attributes such as being able to work independently, being oriented towards problem-solving, creativity, motivation, enthusiasm for teaching students, and the ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a team are crucial in the assessment of the successful candidate.

Pedagogical skills and qualifications will be emphasized. The assessment will be based on documented teaching experience, the form and quality of the academic work, artistic experience, supervision of master and doctoral students, and other pedagogical experience. Quality and breadth will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and will be asked to prepare and perform a lecture intended for a student audience.

Salary, terms and conditions:

Salary for Associate Professor Salary Code 1011, starting salary NOK 515 200,- minimum. The successful candidate will normally be paid between NOK 515 200,-and NOK 713 600,-. By law, 2% of the gross salary will be paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from salary deductions.

Terms and conditions of the position are subject to the current Acts and Regulations for Norwegian State Employees.

The successful candidate is required to live within commuting distance of The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Total work distribution will be divided between research, teaching and administration. The division between the different areas will vary, but over time, research and teaching will be equally distributed.

Employees in academic positions who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. The University provides such courses.


The candidate must submit the following within the application deadline. These documents must be posted electronically via

  • A cover letter/application
  • A complete CV
  • Digital copies of relevant diplomas and certificates
  • Up to 10 academic and artistic works, of which both academic work in the format of peer-reviewed publications (minimum 5) and examples of artistic work should be included. 

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions of individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology wishes to promote equal opportunities in all its employment practices. Candidates from different minority populations are encouraged to apply.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection according to the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the positions is available by contacting Head of the Section for Arts, Physical Education and Sports, Tone Pernille Østern, at phone +47 97732771.

Queries about the application process should be directed to the HR-section via email to Kirsten Sjolte at

The application and attachments should be sent electronically via Relevant diplomas and certificates should also be posted electronically. Certified copies of diplomas and certificates will be required from candidates who are invited for an interview.

Please mark the application with this code: SU-217.

Application deadline: 15.11.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Kalvskinnet
  • Jobbnorge ID 157262
  • Internal ID 2018/23232
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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