Professor in early childhood education and development

University of Stavanger
September 01 2017
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Stavanger is seeking a professor in permanent position in early childhood education and development. The position is organisationally affiliated to the Faculty of Arts and Education, the Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education (The Centre for Learning Environment). The position is available for an immediate start.

Duties and academic community

The subject area for the position is research and development work focused on the learning environment through kindergarten years and lower grades in primary school. Early childhood education, especially in the kindergarten sector in Norway is undergoing an exciting phase of development, with strong general and political interest in it. The work with setting academic and professional standards within the early childhood education in Norway, is an ambition of The Centre for Learning Environment. 

The mandate of the Centre for Learning Environment is to assist national education authorities in implementing current education policies. The work by the Centre for Learning Environment shall at all times be contemporary and reflect the society and societal changes, which mark today's and tomorrow's childhood and youth, and later their adulthood. 

Starting from the beginning of 2018 the Centre for Learning Environment will enter in a new, exciting phase. The Board's responsibility for the contents and substance of our work, will be transferred to the University of Stavanger (UiS). Tasks for the Centre will be defined by UiS, pursuant to the Norwegian Act relating to Universities and University Colleges. The strategic development of the Centre for Learning Environment will be subject to UiS' overall strategy. Research and education will be central areas. The work with practice-oriented competence and quality development in kindergartens and schools, will continue in accordance with UiS' strategic development of co-operation with society and cultural and business sectors.

Work tasks will comprise of research and development work initiated by the Centre, for Learning Environment, as well as to education in relevant subject areas in teacher training at UiS. Additional tasks may be assigned by The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.

As a professor you will teach and supervise bachelor's, Master's and PhD students within early childhood education/education. You will also be a driving force for research and dissemination within the research areas of the Centre for Learning Environment, and contribute to the development of partnerships with public and private enterprises. Furthermore, you will lead the development and use of varied and digital learning methods in teaching, innovation and value creation, based on research results. The job description gives a more detailed account of the subject area, as well as the duties and responsibilities for professors.

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