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Open Call: Professor of Acting at Uniarts Helsinki (in Swedish)

12 May 2020

ELIA member Uniarts Helsinki opened a position for a Professor of Acting; starting in January 2021. Applicants must be fluent in Swedish. 

Uniarts Helsinki is an open meeting place for the arts – an ambitious university community for bold reformers and experts in tradition. They cultivate a unique environment that helps artists grow and strengthens the power of art as a driver of change. Uniarts Helsinki is among the leading performing arts universities in the world, and it is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy. They have about 2,000 students, 60 professors, and 700 full-time equivalent employees.

The Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is now recruiting a professor of acting in Swedish for a position that will be reallocated and is hence fixed term for a period of five years to commence on 1 January 2021.

With reallocated positions, they promote renewal of the arts, facilitate innovations, and ensure that they have the latest trends and practices at use in their education, research, and artistic work.

Job description

The professor of acting in Swedish works in the Degree Programme in Acting in Swedish that admits approximately ten students every second and third year. The number of students in the 2019–2020 academic year is approximately 24.

The duties of a professor are defined in the Universities Act (558/2009) as follows: A professor shall carry out and oversee scientific or artistic work, provide research-based tuition, follow developments in science or art, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field.

Eligibility and competence requirements

Eligibility for the position of professor requires a doctoral degree or corresponding artistic merits, versatile teaching skills, pedagogical competence, ability to provide teaching based on artistic work and/or research, and experience in educational development. In addition, experience in developing and leading artistic activities as well as in domestic and international cooperation, societal influence, and fundraising is requested. The areas to be evaluated in this context are presented in more detail in an evaluation matrix on the university’s website The curriculum (in Swedish) is also available on the website.

In addition to the above-mentioned eligibility and competence requirements, the professor is required to have insightful expertise and solid, comprehensive experience in various areas of acting. The professor is also required to have excellent interpersonal skills and work full time.

The applicant’s teaching skills will be evaluated based on available information and in a separate teaching demonstration. The teaching demonstration will be arranged in the Uniarts premises in Helsinki on 8 September 2020.

Language proficiency

The language of instruction in this position is Swedish. Applicants are required to have excellent skills in Swedish and at least satisfactory skills in Finnish or English. Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to make exceptions to the language requirements.

The application deadline is 24 May 2020.
For more information and to apply, please visit the website


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