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Job Opening: Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the Estonia Academy of Arts

10 February 2020

ELIA member the Estonian Acadamy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia, offers an Associate Professor of Graphic Design position. The starting date is 24 August 2020.

The Estonian Academy of Arts is Estonia’s only public university that provides higher education in architecture, design, art and art culture, and it has operated continuously since 1914. The Academy of Arts trains artists, architects, designers, art historians and restorers. It offers approximately 30 specialities. A total of 1,200 students are enrolled.

Associate professor is a recognised teacher in his or her area of specialisation. The position of associate professor entails engaging in teaching, creative activity and research and development in his or her field. The applicant should be interested in combining practice with theory and able to see Graphic Design in a broader socio-cultural context. 

The purpose of the position is to strengthen and develop the new international curriculum of the MA programme in the Department of Graphic Design and pedagogy in the field of visual communication. The associate professor is expected to supervise the MA thesis projects and engage international and local staff in the MA programme. As the Head of MA, the associate professor is also responsible of the curriculum development together with the staff of the Department of Graphic Design.

The candidate should be an active professional in the field of Graphic Design and have prior international teaching experience and high level engagement with various forms of education in the field of design. Critical attitude, contemporary knowledge and an open minded approach to the developing field of visual communication is a must. 

More information about the associate professor’s duties of employment can be found in the associate professor’s job description.

Requirements for the candidate:
  • master’s degree or equivalent qualification;
  • recognized creative artist in their speciality;
  • English proficiency B2, desire to learn Estonian;
  • competence to organize teaching and to teach subjects in their speciality at the first two levels of higher education at minimum (teaching experience in higher education is required) and experience supervising students (unless the candidate has not worked as an ordinary teaching staff member in a higher education institution);
  • ability to develop curricula and teaching methods;
  • persons with prior experience working as teaching staff must have participated in in-service training in the field of teaching during the last five years;
  • at least five years of active research, development and creative activity (RDC activities), competence to manage and direct RDC activity in their field and to apply for the necessary funding;
  • experience leading a team or managing a project;
  • management, cooperation and communication related competences.
More information about the requirements for the position of associate professor can be found here.

Documents to be submitted:
  • signed application addressed to the rector;
  • curriculum vitae (CV);
  • document certifying education and degree along with copies of annexes to the document;
  • digital portfolio (10-25 works);
  • overview and substantiation of outstanding, distinguished results achieved in professional artistic activity;
  • academic staff member’s teaching portfolio;
  • vision or action plan for development of the MA curriculum;
  • other documents considered important by the candidate.
The Estonian Academy of Arts offers:
  • the possibility to have a voice in the development of the speciality;
  • meaningful work in a developing lifelong art design and architecture teaching
  • environment, Estonia’s largest;
  •  opportunities for cooperation and continued growth in other universities in the world;
  • a supportive professional team and strong student community;
  • 56 days of holiday and flexible work time;
  • incentivized participation in sports and exercise programs;
  • an inspiring and contemporary work environment in the Kalamaja neighbourhood of Tallinn.
For more information , please visit the website.
Application deadline: 9 march 2020.


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