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Associate Professor in canonical English/American literature

Nord university
Norway (NO)
The position is compensated according to Norwegian government regulations, code 1011.
Posted Date
Nov 11, 2022

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The Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University invites applications for a position as Associate Professor of English/American Literature. The position is connected to the Bachelor of English degree, and entails additional teaching responsibilities such as courses in English and American Literature and Culture for Primary School Education for grades 5-10 and Secondary School Education for grades 8-13.

The English Department is part of the Faculty of Education and Arts with campus-based offerings for the five-year Master program in Teacher Education for Primary and Secondary School, an academic Bachelor program in English Language and Literature, in addition to service courses open to the entire institution, including Business English and English Language Support for International Students.

Guided by its liberal arts perspect ive, the department is dedicated to developing an attractive, lively, internationally visible and intellectually stimulating portfolio of research-based course offerings in literature, culture, language and linguistics, and subject pedagogy that meets regional and national needs for English proficiency at a high level. The teaching is research-based and strives for the highest possible quality. The Bachelor of English at Nord University has received the highest rankings of all similar bachelor-level degrees on national student surveys for the five-year period 2016-2021.

The position is connected to the university’s campus in Bodø, and residence is required. Since classes are taught face to face on a regular basis, residency in Bodø is required for this position. Nord University faculties are distributed over several campuses, so co-operation between faculty regardless of geographical location is important. The position may involve tasks at Nord University’s other campuses.

The application is to be written in English.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The position is primarily connected to the Bachelor of English degree, and also entails additional teaching responsibilities as necessary, including within teacher education.
  • Primary responsibilities include planning and teaching parts of team-taught bachelor-level classes in literature such as surveys of British and American Literature and Culture, Research and Writing (which includes elements of rhetoric/composition, research methodology, and critical theory) and advising Bachelor thesis papers, these on an annual basis.
  • The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop at least one new, individually taught bachelor-level course based on their research interests, taught on a rotating basis, and be expected to publish regularly in merited venues in their field.

  • The successful applicant will be expected to publish regularly, and to take part in the faculty’s Humanities, Culture and Education research group.

  • The successful candidate will also be asked to contribute to similar literature surveys for teacher education students, these with a slightly different emphasis and to include relevant children’s/young adult literature.

  • It is assumed that the appointee will contribute to the development of the academic community in the faculty, together with other colleagues

Qualification requirements

Associate Professor

  • For employment as an associate professor of American/English literature , a Norwegian doctoral degree in English, with a primary research focus on canonical American/English literature, or an equivalent doctoral degree from abroad that is accepted as a Norwegian equivalent, and a proven track record of teaching and scholarship that meets the international standard in the field, are required. Teaching experience from university/college and skills in respect of planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision is required.
  • For the purposes of evaluation, the English Department defines “canonical English and American literature” as a wide-ranging and culturally significant collection of English-language literature that has had aesthetic, historical, and cultural impact on Great Britain, the United States, or other English-language countries.

For all scientific positions:

  • Applicants must demonstrate outstanding oral and written communication skills in English.
  • The person appointed to the position is expected to acquire skills in Norwegian for professional purposes within a two-year period.
  • Teaching experience from university/college and skills in respect of planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Due to an amendment in Regulations from 1 September 2019, Nord University have implemented supplementary provisions on educational competence. For further information please refer to Nord University’s website. Any applicants who are unable to provide documentary proof of adequate professional educational competence when  employed must acquire such competence over the course of a two-year period. Nord University offers such a course om University Pedagogy which covers this requirement.


Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Doctoral degree in English/American Literature. Candidates will be further evaluated on the basis of the institution’s reputation in the subject area (cf. international rankings) and grades throughout their academic career, with an emphasis on the higher levels.
  • Track record of teaching excellence. Relevant teaching experience, especially English/American literature at the university/college level, will be deemed important. This could include, for example, relevant graduate assistantships. Applicants who, on appointment, have not documented basic university pedagogical skills (e.g. Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education or equivalent/higher accreditation) will be required to acquire these skills within a two-year period, e.g., through Nord University’s UNIPED accreditation program. Secondary (middle) and upper-secondary (high) school English teaching experience and a knowledge of literature pedagogy are also valued.
  • Track record of excellent research in relevant areas (cf. Norway’s national research information system CRIStin, Both quality, number of publications and impact will be evaluated, with an emphasis on results in peer-reviewed publication venues achieved within the last five years.
  • Documented management skills, to include, for example, participation in student-level administration and advising, institutional-level organizational committees, editorial board work, grant writing, or other relevant project management experience. Candidates who have written successful research grants are given priority in this category.
  • Relevant international experience from English-speaking countries and an international perspective on curriculum development. This experience could include some combination of having attended college or university in English-speaking countries, teaching experience in English-speaking countries, and participation in research projects in English-speaking countries.
  • In evaluating and ranking the applicants, personal suitability for the position will be given considerable weight.

We offer

The position is compensated according to Norwegian government regulations, code 1011 for associate professor. Salary by agreement. 

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment 
  • A workplace with steady progressive development 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Active university sports team 

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview and trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 11.12.2022.

The electronic application must contain: 

  • Cover letter
  • Complete CV summarizing education, positions held, teaching and research experience, publications, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and certificates, including the doctoral dissertation and transcripts from Bachelor, Master and doctoral degrees.
  • Complete copies of up to 15 of the most relevant publications / academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered, along with a list of those submitted. The list should include five publications that the applicant believes to be most important, along with the reasons why. The doctoral dissertation should be included.
  • statement of teaching philosophy in accordance with supplementary provisions for educational competence
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and desires to be considered in the assessment. 
  • Contact information for 2-3 referees.

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application deadline has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make public any information about the applicant. 30153916

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