Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Geography, Media and Communication

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The Department of Geography, Media and Communication is recruiting a senior lecturer in Media and Communication Studies. The department comprises the disciplines Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, Human Geography and Tourism Studies, and offers bachelor-level courses as part of several programmes as well as master-level programmes.

Media and Communication Studies, which forms part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, offers an attractive teaching and research environment. Boundary-crossing contacts and global perspectives are natural parts of our work. Most of our bachelor-level education is offered as part of two large programmes: Public Relations and Media and Communication. The second of these is offered with two tracks: Visual Communication Design and the completely new track Digital Media and Analysis, which focuses on theoretical and practical analysis of media content and media use in digital environments, such as mobile and social media.

Research in media and communication studies is conducted in two profiled research groups at the department: the Geomedia research group (http://www.kau.se/geomedia/) and NODE (the Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era; http://www.kau.se/media/node/). Geomedia has recently been designated a strong research group in an internal research excellence initiative and brings together media scholars, human geographers, tourism scholars and film scholars. Research done in Geomedia is located at the intersection between media and geography and focuses on issues such as mediatisation and space, in a broad sense. NODE focuses on developments in news reporting and the formation of opinions at a time characterised by a weakened daily press and increasingly fragmented media landscape. Geomedia and NODE researchers regularly publish in international journals and are successful in securing external research funding.

More information on the university is available at www.kau.se and on the discipline at http://www.kau.se/media.

Duties may involve teaching as part of various programmes, standalone subject courses, commissioned courses and doctoral courses, if applicable. Work duties centre on teaching in the areas of planned and strategic communication, organisational communication, political communication, marketing communication and courses in practical production, but other teaching duties may be included. The position includes teaching, supervision, examination, course coordination and development. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the daily activities of the discipline and the department as regards teaching, research and community cooperation.

During the first two years of appointment, 50% research/professional development is included in the position. This includes responsibility for further developing the discipline’s profile in the area of strategic communication. After these two years, the position includes a 20% professional development component, as per the central bargaining agreement, which may be increased through external research funding.

Qualification requirements
The eligibility requirement for appointment as senior lecturer is a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies or a related area, and documented teaching expertise. A completed course in higher education pedagogy, or an equivalent qualification, is required for appointment as senior lecturer. Under special circumstances, this course may be completed within two years of employment as part of the professional development commitment.

Assessment criteria
Special weight is given to research and teaching experience in the area of strategic communication. Teaching and other work duties are conducted in both Swedish and English and therefore special weight is also given to good written and spoken skills in these languages.

Considerable weight is given to practical experience of strategic communication for organisations, focused on digital communication. Considerable weight is further given to the ability to cooperate and take initiative as well as to experience of applying for and being awarded external research funding and participating in national and international academic networks.

Weight is given to broad knowledge of Media and Communication Studies, as the successful applicant is expected to teach from introductory bachelor-level courses to master-level courses.

Weight is further given to

  • experience of development and leadership
  • teaching experience at bachelor and master levels
  • international experience and experience of teaching in both Swedish and English
  • experience of course development and web-based teaching
  • experience of community cooperation 

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, non-fixed-term position with starting date at the earliest convenience. A probationary period may be required.

The application is submitted electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment system and should include:

  • application letter
  • documented CV with the contact details of two references
  • descriptive account of teaching and research expertise
  • certificate of course in higher education pedagogy, or account of equivalent qualifications
  • account of other experience and experience of leadership, cooperation and administration
  • future teaching and research plans
  • list of publications (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)
  • copies of degree certificates and other transcripts and certificates documenting qualifications
  • a maximum of ten academic publications and a maximum of five works designed to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, educational software, or popular science articles (indicate your own role in cases of co-authorship)

All documents and publications should be attached to the electronic publication (do not provide links only). More information is available in the document “Application Guidelines” on our homepage https://www.kau.se/en/about-university/working-karlstad-university/work-here/jobs-and-vacancies, where Karlstad University’s Regulations for the Appointment and Promotion of Teaching Staff also may be found.

The application is submitted electronically via the university’s web-based recruitment system. All documents and publications should be attached to the electronic publication (do not provide links only). Three copies of each document that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books and publications, should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet

State ref. no: REK 2018/260

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Starting date at the earliest convenience
Salary Non-fixed-term
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2018/260
  • Christer Clerwall / Prefekt, 054-700 1106
  • Lotta Braunerhielm / Proprefekt, 054-700 1000
  • Michael Karlsson / Professor (ämnesföreträdare), 054-700 1477
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , 054-700 1404
Published 10.Dec.2018
Last application date 17.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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