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University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Assistant Professorships in Media Language and Rhetoric

The Centre for Journalism - located at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark in Odense – hereby invites applications for an assistant professorship in Media Language and Rhetoric to start on August 1, 2017 or soon thereafter.

The Department of Political Science and Public Management is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. It is organized around six research sections, including the Centre for Journalism, and several cross-disciplinary research centres and research groups.  Currently, the department employs around 90 people and attracts 2,000 students in its various full-time bachelor and master programmes as well as part-time professional master programmes. For a detailed description of the department’s profile and activities, please see the department’s website.

The position is linked to the teaching, research and dissemination activities at the Centre for Journalism, which employs around 20 faculty members and enrolls approximately 600 students in various programmes at bachelor and master levels. The research group at the Centre for Journalism has a strong international profile and an open, diverse and pioneering approach to research areas within journalism, including but not limited to media content, media effects, media production, political communication and media language and rhetoric. For a more detailed description of the Centre for Journalism and the research group, please visit its website.

To qualify for the position, applicants must have a PhD in Danish, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Communication, Media (or similar) as well as a proven ability to publish through international and peer-reviewed channels. Furthermore, the applicants must document a research profile and teaching portfolio congruent to the profile of the research group and the Media Language courses offered by the Centre for Journalism.

The Department of Political Science and Public Management is dedicated to fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. The department embraces human diversity and individual opportunity and thus encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Conduct teaching and supervision within the department’s entire portfolio of study programmes, but primarily within the Journalism programmes in general, and Media Language courses in particular, the latter are conducted in Danish.
  • Conduct and publish research at a high national as well as international level.
  • Perform a number of research-related tasks such as taking active part in developing the research collective by e.g. joining common research projects, seeking external funding, engaging in public dissemination and outreach activities, and co-supervision of PhD students.

All applicants should have:

  • A PhD in Danish, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Communication, Media or similar.
  • A research profile within media and communication, preferably with a focus on media language and/or media rhetoric.
  • A proven ability to public research though international and peer-reviewed channels.
  • The ability to co-operate and contribute to the development of a dynamic research environment.
  • A teaching portfolio documenting teaching experience within linguistic and or rhetorical subjects such as orthography, morphology, syntax, grammar, phonetics, semantics, pragmatics, narratology, stylistics, argumentation, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, etc. 

In addition to the professional qualifications, the successful candidate is required to possess good interpersonal skills and will be expected to engage in the everyday academic and social environment at the department.

For further information, please contact Head of Department Christian Elmelund-Præstekær, or Head of the Centre for Journalism, Peter Bro,

Application, salary, etc.

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Teaching portfolio, please see below 
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication, if the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf
    • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exist 
  • Research and publication plan for the next 3 years underlining the relation to the research objectives of the Centre for Journalism

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applicants applying for an assistant professorship are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Formal application instructions and a guide for the teaching portfolio may be found here.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. 

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified to be an Assistant Professor. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicants will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns themselves. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee and determine which of the qualified applicants will be invited to a job interview. The appointments committee will manage and complete job interviews, and advise the Head of Department which candidate should be offered appointment to the position.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) Word format.

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

You can only apply for the position through our website

Your application must be registered in our system on the 15/02/2017 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark welcomed the first students onto the campus in Odense in September 1966, and things have been developing by leaps and bounds ever since.

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