Academic career system

The career system gives the academic staff of Uniarts Helsinki the chance to develop their career on a path that is equal, transparent and internationally competitive.

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What is the career system

With the help of the career system,

  • we provide support for the staff for developing their competence and promote continuous learning and evolving;
  • we attract talents who are at different stages of their career and from different parts of the world and make sure that Uniarts Helsinki is a sought-after place to grow and gain valuable experience in;
  • we secure the long-term development of our operations by increasing the share of permanently employed academic staff at Uniarts Helsinki; and
  • we make sure that there is an ideal balance between the number of permanent and fixed-term positions as well as short-term visiting experts considering the development of different fields of art.

The career system gives professors and lecturers the chance to develop their career on a path that is equal, transparent in terms of its criteria and internationally competitive. We promote the long-term development of our operations, competence development of the staff and continuous learning and evolving.

There are two tenure tracks within the career system: a tenure track for professors and a tenure track for lecturers. A person who is recruited to a tenure track position receives support for developing as a teacher and for reforming their artistic/research-related practices.

The positions on the tenure track for professors include assistant professor, associate professor and full professor. As for the tenure track for lecturers, the positions are university teacher, lecturer and university lecturer. 

Positions in the career system

Tenure-track positions for professors

  • Assistant professor
  • Associate professor
  • Full professor

Tenure-track positions for  lecturers

  • University teacher
  • Lecturer
  • University lecturer

Fixed-term positions

  • Lecturer (fixed term)
  • Professor (fixed term)
  • Research director (fixed term)
  • Visiting lecturer (fixed term)
  • Visiting professor (fixed term)
  • Doctoral candidate (fixed term)
  • Postdoctoral researcher (fixed term)
  • University researcher (fixed term)
  • Visiting researcher (fixed term)

Visiting positions

  • Visiting teachers

Uniarts Helsinki’s promises to employees within the career system

1. The university uses joint, public and clear descriptions of the recruitment process and its phases when filling positions placed on the tenure track career path for professors and lecturers.

2. The university determines clear criteria that are used when evaluating tenure track employees’ success. Tenure track employees are given sufficient information on how they can contribute to their advancement on the career path through their work and achievements.

3. Tenure track employees are treated in an equal and fair way.

4. Tenure track employees have the chance to increase their competence in the duties that will be used as the basis for the evaluation of their success.

5. Advancement on the tenure track is monitored on an annual basis in connection with performance review discussions, for example.

6. It is possible to advance on the tenure track faster than what was originally planned if the employee achieves the objectives in a faster schedule.

7. Those recruited to a tenure track position are provided with an opportunity to receive supervision and support for their work.

8. The person recruited to a position within the career system must be notified of the result of the tenure track process at least six months prior to the end of their employment contract.

Professors’ tenure track

The positions on the tenure track for professors are assistant professor, associate professor and full professor.

Assistant professor: fixed term (5 years). Moving to evaluation, permanent position as professor.  Associate professor:  Those who advance are offered a permanent position or fixed-term position upon recruitment, may lead to a permanent position as associate professor or professor. Those who advance undergo an evaluation to determine suitability as professor Professor: employment contract is valid until further notice
Other fixed-term positions:
Professor:
Fixed-term position during a specific time period, with the purpose of developing art fields in accordance with the strategy of launching new initiatives

Visiting professor (fixed term): Fixed-term position during a specific time period, a particularly; distinguished visitor e.g. from another university or from an organisation.

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s Professors, Teaching

Minimum qualifications for recruitment

Assistant professor

  • Diverse teaching skills and a proven ability to  provide teaching that is based on public artistic activities and/or research, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to utilise feedback in the  development of teaching, as demonstrated through  one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to develop the field of study,  curriculum planning and/or one’s teaching  methods, incl. feedback systems, as demonstrated  through one’s educational background and/or  work experience
  • Proven ability to organise teaching, as  demonstrated through one’s educational  background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to utilise artistic activities and/or research in teaching/in the development of teaching, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience

Associate professor

  • Diverse teaching skills and a proven ability to  provide teaching that is based on public artistic activities and/or research, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Experience in utilising feedback in the  development of teaching
  • Experience in developing the field of study,  curriculum planning, the subject and/or one’s teaching methods, incl. feedback systems
  • Pedagogical studies or pedagogical competence gained in some other manner
  • Experience in organising teaching
  • Experience in utilising artistic activities and/or research in teaching/the development of teaching

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s professors, artistic activities and/or research

Minimum qualifications for recruitment

Assistant professor

  • Proven ability to develop artistic activities and/or  research, incl. artistic renewal, as demonstrated  through artistic activities and/or research publications
  • Proven ability to establish and lead artistic groups and/or research groups based on educational background and/or work experience
  • Participation in acquiring funding for artistic  projects, development projects and/or research projects
  • Proven ability to engage in cooperation and build  networks based on educational background and/or work experience

Associate professor

  • Experience in the development of artistic activities and/or research, incl. artistic renewal, as demonstrated through one’s artistic activities and/ or research publications
  • Experience in establishing and leading artistic groups and/or research groups
  • Experience in receiving funding for artistic  projects, development projects and/or research projects
  • Experience in Finnish and international  cooperation and networking

Full professor

  • Strong merits in the development of artistic  activities and/or research, incl. artistic renewal, as demonstrated through one’s artistic activities and/  or research publications
  • Merits in establishing and leading artistic groups and/or research groups
  • Merits in receiving funding for artistic projects, development projects and/or research projects
  • Merits in Finnish and international cooperation and networking

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s professors, cooperation and making an impact on society

Minimum requirements for recruitment

Assistant professor

  • Proven ability to cooperate within an artistic and/or research community (incl. international  cooperation), as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to engage in cooperation within a  higher education institution and/or with higher education institutions and other organisations, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to contribute to societal influence based on educational background and/or work experience

Associate professor

  • Experience in cooperation within an artistic and/or research community (incl. international cooperation)
  • Experience in cooperation within a higher  education institution and/or with higher education institutions and other organisations (incl. international cooperation)
  • Participation in the development of operations at a higher education institution
  • Experience in societal influence

Full professor

  • Merits in cooperation within an artistic and/or research community (incl. international cooperation)
  • Merits in cooperation within a higher education institution and/or with higher education institutions and other organisations (incl. international cooperation)
  • Experience in the development of operations at a higher education institution, incl. experience in management duties

Lecturers’ tenure track

The positions on the tenure track for lecturers are university teacher, lecturer and university lecturer.

Tenure track
University teacher: fixed term (3 to 5 years) moving to evaluation, establishing permanent employment as lecturer.

Lecturer: Those who advance are offered a permanent position or Fixed-term position upon recruitment (5 years), may lead to a permanent  position as lecturer or university lecturer.

Moving to those who advance undergo an evaluation
to determine suitability as lecturer.

University lecturer: Employment contract is valid until further notice.
Lecturer's other fixed-term positions

Lecturer (fixed term):Fixed-term position during a specific time period, with the purpose of developing art fields in accordance with the strategy or launching new initiatives.

Visiting lecturer (fixed term): Fixed-term position during a specific time period, a particularly distinguished visitor e.g. from another university or from an organisation

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s lecturers, Teaching

Minimum qualifications for recruitment

University teacher

  • Diverse teaching skills
  • Proven ability to utilise feedback in the  development of teaching, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to develop one’s teaching, as  demonstrated through one’s educational  background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to organise teaching, demonstrated  through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to utilise artistic activities and/ or research in teaching/in the development of teaching, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience

Lecturer

  • Diverse teaching skills
  • Experience in utilising feedback in the development of teaching and working with  feedback systems
  • Experience in the development of one’s subject and/or teaching and participating in curriculum  work
  • Experience in organising teaching
  • Experience in utilising artistic activities and/or research in teaching/the development of teaching
  • Pedagogical studies or pedagogical competence gained in some other manner

University lecturer

  • Diverse teaching skills
  • Broad teaching experience in bachelor’s and  master’s education and/or doctoral education
  • Merits in utilising feedback in the development of  teaching and working with feedback systems
  • Development of a field of study, one’s subject and/or teaching and participation in curriculum work*Merits in organising teaching
  • Merits in utilising artistic activities and/or research in teaching/the development of teaching
  • Pedagogical studies or pedagogical competence gained in some other manner
  • Pedagogical management (e.g. experience as the head of a degree programme)

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s lecturers, Artistic activities and/or research

Minimum qualifications for recruitment

University teacher

  • Strong merits in working in the arts and/or research
  • Proven ability to work in an artistic group and/or a research group or the ability to be active in innovation and development activities, as demonstrated through one’s educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to build networks based on  educational background and/or work experience

Lecturer

  • Strong merits in working in the arts and/or research
  • Experience in working in an artistic group and/or a research group or being active in innovation and  development activities
  • Experience in establishing artistic groups and/or research groups
  • Experience in Finnish and/or international cooperation and networking

University lecturer

  • Strong merits in working in the arts and/or research
  • Merits in working in an artistic group and/or a  research group or being active in innovation and  development activities
  • Merits in establishing and leading artistic groups and/or research groups
  • Merits in Finnish and international cooperation and networking
  • Participation in applying for project funding

Tenure track requirements for Uniarts Helsinki’s lecturers, Cooperation and making an impact on society

Minimum qualifications for recruitment

University teacher

  • Proven ability to engage in cooperation within one’s subject based on educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to engage in cooperation within artistic communities and/or research communities based on educational background and/or work experience
  • Proven ability to contribute to societal influence based on educational background and/or work  experience

Lecturer

  • Cooperation within a higher education institution
  • Experience in cooperation within one’s subject
  • Experience in cooperation within artistic  communities and/or research communities
  • Experience in societal influence

University lecturer

  • Cooperation between higher education institutions both in Finland and abroad
  • Merits in cooperation within one’s subject
  • Merits in cooperation within artistic communities and/or research communities
  • Merits in societal influence