PROFESSOR OF TIME AND SPACE ARTS
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
PROFESSOR OF TIME AND SPACE ARTS
The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki invites applications for a professorship of Time and Space Arts to be filled for a fixed term of five years from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2024. The justifications for offering the position on a fixed-term basis include the flexibility required in the changing needs of teaching, the constant development of artistic instruction, and the need for artistic renewal. The application period for the position starts on 14 June and it will end on 6 August, 2019, 3 o’clock p.m. local Helsinki time (UTC +3). The position of Professor of Time and Space Arts is administratively based in the subject area of Time and Space Arts.
Launched in January 2013, the University of the Arts Helsinki is the result of the merger of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki. The total number of students is approximately 2,200.
The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki is an international academy that has trained visual artists since 1848. The study programmes include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts, and the students are offered instruction in five subject areas: painting, sculpture, printmaking, time and space arts, and joint studies. Students can also complete a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in the Praxis Master’s programme. The Academy’s Doctoral Programme offers doctoral degrees in Fine Arts. In all, the Academy of Fine Arts has approximately 270 students, of which app. 30 are undertaking doctoral studies.
Instruction at the Academy combines theory and practice to support the students’ artistic development. The programmes emphasise individual instruction, which allows the students to receive sustained personal guidance while working independently. The Academy of Fine Arts maintains a dynamic relationship with the world of fine arts as the Academy’s instructors pursue active artistic careers along with their teaching duties.
Learning at the Academy is centred around the students’ own artistic practice and providing support to it. Discussion is also an important part of learning at the Academy of Fine Arts, as it allows students to examine various processes and methods related to their work as well as different contexts of presentation and the relationship between the form and the contents of the artworks. By studying theoretical questions pertaining to fundamental topics in the fine arts and applying research-based working methods, the students learn to appreciate the connections between different forms of art as well as their traditions and history.
Subject Area of Time and Space Arts
The subject area of Time and Space Arts is focused on teaching moving image and photography together with site and situation specific art. Different dimensions of contemporary art are making form the focal point of the education.
The instruction of the Time and Space Arts is conversational, and it consist of seminars, courses, lectures, and studio visits. The student can concentrate on a single section of Time and Space Arts or put together their own ensemble by combining teaching offered at the Time and Space Arts and/or other subject areas.
The aim of the instruction is to train perception and critical thinking as well as develop the student’s own artistic work. Students are being encouraged to seek their own approach and try out different forms of expression. Media are for example one’s own body, moving image and photograph, sound, or digital technologies.
Offset of the instruction is the nature of art as a process and an event. Exploration and experimenting as well as positioning the student’s own working in the tradition of contemporary art are being emphasized.
The teaching languages are Finnish and English and if needed, Swedish.
Duties of the Professor of Time and Space Arts
The professor will carry out and supervise artistic activities and teach courses related thereto, follow the current developments in art, and participate in community interaction and international collaboration in their own field.
The duties of the Professor of Time and Space Arts include the following:
• To teach courses in Time and Space Arts and further develop the subject area
• To bear special responsibility for the instruction and personal supervision of master’s degree students
• To supervise and examine theses
• To carry out independent artistic activities
• To participate in the joint development and planning activities related to the degree programme of Time and Space Arts
• To take part in the collaborative activities between the subject areas of the Academy of Fine Arts and the subject area of joint studies
• To participate in the communal activities within the university (e.g. being a member of administrative bodies and committees and working with tasks related thereto; being involved in the student selection process)
• To collaborate with the Academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki as well as with other universities and institutions
• To follow the current developments in art and take part in community interaction and international collaboration
• To perform other duties belonging or assigned to the professor.
The duties of the professor will be further specified, and their quantitative ratios confirmed, in the annual workload plan.
Eligibility and qualification requirements of the Professor of Time and Space Arts
The qualification requirements of the professor include excellent artistic merits and/or an applicable doctoral degree, profound and comprehensive knowledge of time and space arts, as well as good teaching skills.
The successful candidate will have artistic qualifications and experience as well as special interest and enthusiasm for the development of the subject area and its educational practice. The position also requires good interpersonal skills and experience in international activities.
Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have extensive knowledge of the fine arts as well as diverse knowledge of the history and artistic traditions of their own field.
The successful candidate is required to have a good command of Finnish and English and at least a satisfactory command of Swedish. The university may grant an exemption from the language requirements if valid justifications are presented in accordance with the staff regulations of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
When assessing the merits of the applicants, attention will be paid to their extensive competence in the field, teaching experience and good teaching skills that have been confirmed in a teaching demonstration. Leadership experience and university level teaching experience in the arts will be considered an asset.
Working hours and salary
The professor’s working hours will be based on a total annual workload of 1,624 hours as defined in the collective agreement.
The position requires regular presence at the workplace, and it includes contact teaching.
The job-specific salary component will be based on levels 8–9 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance.
The selection process
The call for applications will be posted on the website and the intranet of the University of the Arts Helsinki on 14 June 2019. The call for applications may also be published in other Finnish and foreign contexts. The application period will open on 14 June 2019, and it will close on 6 August at 3 o’clock p.m. local Helsinki time (UTC +3).
The Recruitment Committee of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts prepares the appointments for teaching positions at the Academy of Fine Arts. The Dean of the Academy selects the assessors for the appointment process. The Recruitment Committee selects the applications that will be reviewed by the assessors, decides the format for teaching demonstrations and interviews, selects the applicants invited to the teaching demonstrations and interviews, and prepares the proposal of appointment. The schedule for the interviews and teaching demonstrations will be announced in August. The Rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki selects the professor based on the proposal of the Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts and concludes an employment contract with the selected candidate.
The most suitable individual, based on the overall evaluation, will be selected for the position. It is possible to use an external suitability assessment and reference checks to assist the decision-making process in the filling of the position.
The Universities Act (558/2009) stipulates that statements on the qualifications and merits of a person applying for or invited to a post must be requested from a minimum of two assessors if that person is to be appointed to a position indefinitely or for a fixed period of at least two years. Sections 27–29 of the Administrative Procedure Act will apply to the disqualification of assessors.
How to apply
The applicants must send their applications and all appendices as a single PDF file to (max. file size 30 MB).
All application documents should be submitted in English for the perusal of international assessors. The Academy of Fine Arts will not have any application materials translated.
The application must include:
• An informal report on the applicant’s vision for the position (1–3 pages)
• A written report on the applicant’s artistic merits relevant to the position and their vision for teaching (1-3 pages)
• A written report on the applicant’s teaching merits relevant to the position (max. 5 pages)
• An electronic portfolio of the applicant’s artistic activities (max. 20 pages)
• A curriculum vitae
• A certificate of language proficiency
• If the applicant wants to submit a review of works that includes moving image or audio material (in addition to the electronic application), they must submit it to the Academy of Fine Arts on a USB flash drive in four (4) identical copies prior to the conclusion of the application period. The maximum length of the review is 30 min. 
The application documents, including any USB flash drives sent to the Academy, will be archived by the Academy of Fine Arts.
The applications must be submitted by e-mail to the following address: . All applications must be received by Tuesday, 6 August, at 3 o’clock p.m. local Helsinki time (UTC +3). Late applications will not be considered. The e-mail message should be titled: “Professor of Time and Space Arts”.
If the applicant chooses to submit a review of their works on USB flash drives, they should send the flash drives to the Academy of Fine Arts by Tuesday, 6 August 2019, at 3 o’clock p.m. The envelope should be marked: “Recruitment of the Professor of Time and Space Arts”.
The postal address for the USB drives is:
Academy of Fine Arts Registry, P.O. Box 10, FI-00097, University of the Arts Helsinki.
Only the material that has been received prior to the conclusion of the application period will be taken into consideration in the recruitment process.
For more information on the position, please contact Professor Hanna Johansson (hanna.johansson(at)uniarts.fi) from 14 June to 18 June and from 1 August onward. For more information on the application procedure, please contact Coordinator Lotte-Maria Maasalo (lotte-maria.maasalo(at)uniarts.fi), tel. +358 50 44 88 540, from 14 June to 28 June and from 1 August to 15 August.
The University of the Arts Helsinki will introduce a tenure track system for its teaching and research staff in 2019. The career path system at the University of the Arts Helsinki will consist of tenure tracks for professors and lecturers. The University of the Arts Helsinki reserves the right to evaluate the position of the open post on the tenure track for professors after the criteria of the tenure review have been finalised.
 Accepted format for moving image/video works: a digital file in H.264 compression, preferably in HD quality. Accepted audio and video formats include:
Audio – mp3, m4a, aiff, wma, wav, aac.
Video – mpeg, mpg, mpg-4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob.