Karlstad University / Department of Artistic Studies

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Ingesund School of Music (Musikhögskolan Ingesund, MHI) is part of the Department of Artistic Studies at Karlstad University and constitutes the University’s second campus, located in Arvika. MHI is a renowned university college with healthy student recruitment. MHI offers a music teacher programme with a specialisation in upper secondary school, intended to qualify graduates to teach in upper secondary school, compulsory school, or performing arts schools. In the spring of 2020, the results of the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s (UKÄ) quality review of the Music Teacher Programme were presented. The overall assessment was that the programme as a whole is of high quality. The following are a few quotes from the review:

“There is a good connection between research and education, and the assessment panel particularly wants to emphasise the close collaboration between theory and practice incorporated in the programme with room for both artistic and educational components.” (UKÄ)

“The programme meets the intended learning outcome of subject-specific knowledge for professional practice, including current research and development work, and is considered to be of high quality by the assessors. The assessment panel finds that the structure of the programme, with its clear composition that offers both range and depth, clear progression and opportunities for students to combine different courses, contributes to this. In addition, all of the assessed independent projects show high goal attainment. The assessment panel finds it particularly positive that the students encounter literature and research on music education and pedagogy within both courses in subject-specific education and the core education subjects.” (UKÄ)

MHI and Karlstad University are now also entitled to award Master’s level qualifications in the fine, applied, and performing arts. The Master’s Programme in Music opens in the autumn semester of 2023. The Bachelor’s Programme in Music opened in the autumn of 2016 and the Music Production Programme opened in the autumn of 2018. MHI is, in other words, in the midst of a strong growth period.

Music education is an interdisciplinary subject area that focuses on all forms of knowledge development and learning in the subject of music, where different social, cultural and educational dimensions of learning are taken into account. The subject area has a bearing on teaching and education and thus forms an important basis for the study programmes that MHI offers. The music education research conducted at MHI primarily focuses on performative and teaching methodological perspectives on learning, development and assessment in the subject of music. The research is often closely related to practice with a focus on teachers’ approach to these aspects as well as on pupils’ and students’ processes linked to the same. The teacher education board at Karlstad University has directed research funding for music education research and for the development of collaborations with other universities with nationally leading research on subject-specific education.

We are now looking for a professor in music education to be placed at Ingesund School of Music. Visit our website for more information: https://www.kau.se/en/ingesund-school-music


Duties include the development of a doctoral study programme with a specialisation in music education. Your own research will be an important part of the continuous quality development of the Music Teacher Programme. You will be expected to actively participate in and strengthen the development of the educational/teaching methodological and research-oriented activities at the department and the University, as well as collaborating with the surrounding community.

You will also act as supervisor and assess independent projects, as well as teaching courses included in the Music Teacher Programme.

The main part of work will be placed at Ingesund School of Music in Arvika.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for the professorship in music education, applicants are required to have demonstrated both research and teaching expertise within the disciplinary domain. Both research and teaching expertise should be well-documented to allow for a qualitative assessment. We also value applicants’ own artistic practice.

As much attention will be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the assessment of other qualifying criteria.

The position requires a good command of Swedish and the ability to teach in English. A candidate who does not meet this requirement may still be hired provided they are able to actively acquire these language skills.

Pursuant to Karlstad University’s Appointments Procedure, teachers must have the personal qualities required to perform the duties involved. All staff are expected to collaborate with colleagues and to treat them and students with respect, to take responsibility for the university’s activities and their own duties, as well as contributing to a good working environment. A professor must also have completed courses in supervision and higher education pedagogy. An applicant without these qualifications may be appointed on the condition that he or she commits to completing the course within two years of employment, or applies for validation of equivalent qualifications.

Assessment criteria

Equal weight will be given to research expertise and teaching expertise.

Special weight will be given to the applicant’s documented teaching expertise as well as documented research expertise in music education as the area of expertise. Independent research efforts shall be of a high academic standard and exceed the criteria of a docent.

Special weight will be given to experience of teaching doctoral or Master’s courses, or other courses in music at advanced level.

Experience of supervising doctoral students as well as assessing and supervising independent projects at Master’s level in music education will also be given special weight.

In addition, special weight will be given to the ability to conduct research and disseminate research findings, experience of applying for external research funding, participation in national and international research networks, and experience of assignments as an expert in various research contexts.

Considerable weight will be given to experience of teaching children and young people at different levels.

Good organisational ability in terms of planning and administration of various tasks as well as the ability to be flexible, take responsibility and show initiative will also be given considerable weight.

Weight will be given to good interpersonal skills in relation to colleagues and external research networks.

A Master in Education in Music and personal experience of music practice and performance are also seen as valuable qualifications.

Karlstad University aims for equal gender distribution and values ethnic and cultural diversity.

For other qualification requirements and assessment criteria at Karlstad University, please refer to our website: https://www.kau.se/en/work-us/work/vacancies.


Permanent, full-time position (100%). Start date at the earliest convenience, as agreed by both parties. A probationary period may be required.


Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. For advice on how to draft your application, refer to “What should be included with my application?”.

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • an in-depth account of teaching experience
  • certificate to verify a completed course in higher education pedagogy or an account of equivalent skills
  • an in-depth account of research experience
  • documented and successful experience as a doctoral supervisor
  • an account of other experiences of importance
  • an account of managerial and administrative experience
  • plans for future work
  • an account of collaborations, international network experience, etc.
  • a list of publications (in multi-authored publications, the role of the applicant must be specified)
  • language proficiency certificates
  • copies of relevant course transcripts, degree certificates, and other certificates
  • no more than 10 scientific publications and no more than 5 materials intended to convey knowledge, such as textbooks, computer programs for teaching, or popular science articles
  • two references, at least one of which is a current or former supervisor.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to the following address:

Karlstads universitet
Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 6 March 2023

State ref.no: REK 2023/13

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2023/13
  • Göran Lindskog, head of department, +46732702843
  • Ragnhild Sandberg Jurström, docent, +46731137662
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 27.Jan.2023
Last application date 06.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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