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Associate Professor in English language and linguistics

Jobbnorge AS - 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 language and linguistics. The position is connected to the Bachelor of English degree, and entails additional teaching responsibilities such as courses in English language and linguistics for primary school education 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 perspective, 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 English department has a strong literary-historical profile, as evidenced by its intermediate-level course offerings in English language that integrate literary themes. To strengthen this profile further, priority will be given to candidates who can document in their own work the application of linguistic theory to issues in literary history and analysis. This work must be compatible with the overall aims of generative linguistics and/or inferential pragmatics.

The position is connected to the university’s campus in Bodø. 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 within teacher education.
  • Advising Bachelor thesis papers, these on an annual basis.
  • Planning and teaching parts of bachelor-level and team-taught teacher education classes in English language and linguistics.
  • 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 position entails teaching and supervision on the Master in Teacher Education.
  • The position involves research and development, including dissemination.
  • Participation in the development of externally funded research projects will be expected, as well as furthering research collaborations with national and international partners.
  • 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 appointment as associate professor, a Norwegian doctoral degree is required within a relevant field of study or an equivalent doctoral degree from abroad that is accepted as a Norwegian equivalent, or competence at a similar level documented by academic publication of the same scope and quality. 
  • Relevant field of study for the purposes of this search includes English linguistics, theoretical linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology, also pragmatics), or literary linguistics.

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:

  • A doctoral degree in English linguistics, theoretical linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology, also pragmatics), or literary linguistics. Applicants whose doctoral dissertation is in literary or theoretical linguistics must be able to document contribution to the study of English in their publication record post-dissertation. Applicants will be further evaluated based on the institution’s reputation in the research area (cf. international rankings) and grades throughout their academic career, with an emphasis on the higher levels.
  • 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. Candidates that can document published work that applies linguistic/pragmatic theory to problems of literary analysis in a way that is compatible with the overall aims of generative linguistics and/or inferential pragmatics will be given particular weight.
  • Track record of teaching excellence. Relevant teaching experience, especially English linguistics 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 is also valued, as is an awareness of the role of linguistics in language pedagogy (Knowledge About Language/KAL).
  • 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. This experience could include some combination of having attended college or university in English-speaking countries, teaching experience in English-speaking countries, participation in research projects in English-speaking countries, or an international perspective on curriculum development.
  • 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. 30078659

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