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Associate Professor of Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Culture, Media and Society 2716

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of associate professor of contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society based at the Department of German and Romance Languages. The appointment is full time and tenured and begins on 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Nobel Park, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C.

The position
The successful applicant will be expected to develop research within the field of Latin American and Spanish culture, media, and society in a contemporary context.
Applicants are expected to have research qualifications within the field of cultural studies in a broad sense related to the Spanish-speaking world and to analyse how cultural products (such as literature, film, drama and popular culture) and other social phenomena (such as popular movements, conflicts and peacebuilding processes, and uses of the past) contribute to the construction of social relations and the negotiation of cultural identities. We particularly welcome applications from applicants with knowledge on the question of how form (aesthetics) influences function (interpretation, reception and impact).
We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will strengthen the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally and who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Research
The Department of German and Romance Languages at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. Over the last decade, the department has developed a strong profile within the field of cultural studies in relation to the Spanish-speaking parts of the world, and it has been a leading partner in the development of international networks and projects within this field. Applicants who would be able to continue and develop this profile will be preferred.

We are looking for an applicant who can take charge of the Latin American Center (LACUA) and be the editor in chief of the AU-based international journal Diálogos latinoamericanos.

The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society and the research community at the department in order to develop new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners and to pursue external research funding.

Teaching and supervision
We are looking for applicants with teaching and supervising experience in the field of contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society in a contemporary context at university level.

The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the department’s teaching and supervision activities and to teach and supervise on the department’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes, particularly in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Spanish and Latin-American Language, Literature and Culture; the MA degree programme in Spanish and Spanish American Language, Literature and Culture; and the MA degree programme in Intercultural Studies (Latin America and Spain). Applicants who would also be able to offer teaching within the fields of Spanish language and grammar will be preferred. Please indicate in your application which courses you could teach.

The successful applicant will also be expected to apply innovative teaching methods and to contribute to the ongoing development of curricula and the degree programme(s) within the field of contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society. In this connection, experience of degree programme and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage.

Given the international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant will also be expected to teach in English as well as Spanish and Danish.

Talent development
We are looking for applicants who have experience of supervising students at both BA and MA levels. The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels as well as supervising and helping to develop the careers of early-career researchers. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and to participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange; for instance, research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society, and the public dissemination of knowledge.

The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.

Experience of the dissemination of research outside academia (communication, collaboration and co-creation) will be considered an advantage.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society, and must document research and teaching qualifications corresponding to the completion of an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • An internationally oriented research profile as documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication record within contemporary Latin American and Spanish culture, media and society
  • A relevant and internationally oriented publication profile representing a minimum of three years of work as equivalent to a position of assistant professor
  • An interest in or experience of applying for external research funding
  • Experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • Teaching and supervision competences and experience at all levels, including curriculum development
  • An interest in researcher talent development
  • Experience of knowledge exchange
  • Completion of a teacher training programme for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching, or an equivalent qualification

Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document
  • Time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions
Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years and to state how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research developments within the field.

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered.

Work environment
Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis.

We respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained. See Family and work-life balance for further information.

International applicant?
International applicants are encouraged to see Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.

Read more about The Department of German and Romance Languages at the department’s website.

School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its research programmes, departments and diverse activities on its website.

Contact
For further information, please contact Head of Department Kirsten Wølch Rasmussen (e-mail: kwr@cc.au.dk or tel.: +45 871 64 871).

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and no more than eight examples of academic production (mandatory). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at https://international.au.dk/

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline:
20 February 2020

 


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