Professor of pedagogy specialising in special needs education

Umeå University
October 05 2017
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Professor of pedagogy specialising in special needs education

The Department of Education hereby announces a position as professor of pedagogy specialising in special needs education.

The special needs education research conducted at the Department of Education focuses on the interplay between people's individual circumstances and the conditions and resources of school and society. It investigates the participation, communication and learning of children, young people and adults in different contexts and situations. The aim of the research conducted at the department is to support special needs educational practice so that work with pupils/students in need of special assistance is implemented on a scientific basis. Current research at the department includes studies on, for example, identity, power, governance, health, inclusion, exclusion, normality and deviancy, femininity and masculinity.

Work tasks

The position includes playing a key role in establishing, developing and leading the department's research activities in the field of special needs education. The succesful candidate is expected to actively participate in creating funding opportunities for special needs education research at the department. The position also includes course and programme development, and teaching and supervision at basic, advanced and postgraduate level of our educational programs.

Eligibility requirements

The necessary qualifications for the position are research and teaching skills which are of relevance to the orientation of this position, special needs education.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for appointment as a professor shall be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment. Other assessment criteria are administrative skills and collaborative ability (Chapter 4 Section 3, Paragraph 2 Higher Education Ordinance, Appointment Procedure for teaching staff at Umeå University, Reg. No. 300-2349-11, and the guidelines of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Reg. No. 502-1381-12).

Research expertise refers to independent research work, the ability to obtain research funding in competition with other researchers, the ability to plan and lead research activities, documented national and international research collaboration, publications, and the ability to impart information about research to society in general. Expertise is also demonstrated by the management of research projects, successful supervision, and the ability to obtain research funding in competition with other researchers.

Teaching expertise refers to the teacher's work with students, the teacher's own pedagogic development, and the teacher's contribution to pedagogic developments at the departmental level. It also refers to participation in postgraduate educational activities, such as the supervision of doctoral students and participation in the creation and implementation of courses and seminars.

Administrative expertise refers to the ability to develop and manage activities and personnel, the ability to interact with society and to impart information about research and development work. The ability to collaborate refers to, for example, the formulation, planning and leading of and participation in projects involving a number of people, as well as participation in common research and activities at the department.

The weighing of different assessment criteria

In conjunction with the weighing of the different assessment criteria, the most important criterion is research expertise. Particular attention shall also be given to teaching expertise. Additionally, attention shall be given to the degree of expertise in developing and leading activities and personnel, the candidate's ability to interact with society in general and impart information about research and development.

Regarding the assessment of teaching expertise, attention will be paid to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the candidate's teaching, as well as to the supervision and examination of students. In this context, special weight shall be given to the supervision of doctoral students and participation in postgraduate education.

Regarding the assessment of administrative expertise, attention shall be given to the candidate's ability to lead and develop activities and personnel, experience of positions of trust at departmental, faculty or university level etc., and in general, a well-documented ability to collaborate at national and international level. Particular weight shall be given to collaborative ability, power of initiative and commitment to departmental activities.

The eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are stated in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Staff at Umeå University, found here.


Application guidelines and the list of required documents to be submitted with the application can be found in the Faculty of Social Sciences' guidelines,  found here. See also the faculty's guidelines for the assessment of matters concerning professors, found here.

The recruitment process may include an interview, sample lectures and reference checks.

Department of Education 

For more information about the Department of Education, go to


- Simon Wolming,, 090-786 53 02

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