Job: English at University of Agder

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Tue Dec 11 08:21:43 UTC 2012

University of Agder

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, ref. 99/12

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time, permanentposition as Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Foreign Languages and Translation. The work location is Campus Kristiansand. Starting date: 1 August 2013 or upon agreement with the faculty.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Translation has 25 academic staff members and approximately 300 students associated with study programmes in English, French, German, Spanish and translation and intercultural communication.

The Department’s course portfolio comprises one-year study programmes, Bachelor and Master’s degree study programmes as well as a PhD study programme in linguistics and literature.

The appointee will become a member of the Department’s English linguistic group and may be assigned teaching and advisement activities in English linguistics. The appointee will also be assigned responsibility for teaching in the Department’s Bachelor’s degree study programme in translation and intercultural communication.

The appointee must be able to undertake instruction, examination work and administration within relevant subject areas in accordance with existing regulations. The appointee will also be assigned tasks outside of the faculty/department to which the position is associated in accordance with his/her work duties and professional expertise, for example within continuing and further education (EVU).

The appointee must submit documentation demonstrating linguistic breadth in their research and instructional work. Formal qualifications and experience in applied linguistics focusing on writing (EAP) and terminology, and at least two of the following subject areas: English as a Foreign Language/Second Language, English-Norwegian contrastive linguistics and translation. The appointee must be very familiar with modern linguistic theories and must be able to integrate theory and practice.

The appointee is also expected to contribute to cross-language and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

It is desirable that the applicant has experience with and/or interest in developing and using digital teaching resources in their instruction.

Applicants must submit documented relevant practical-pedagogical competency based on education or instruction and supervision. Applicants who cannot at the time of appointment document this basic level of competency must acquire it within two years of their appointment, for example by completing the university’s course in university pedagogics. Applicants possessing pedagogical qualifications beyond a basic competency level may have a competitive advantage during the ranking of professionally/academically competent applicants.

In addition to applicants having a high level of academic qualifications, emphasis will be placed on applicants having good collaborative abilities, personal creativity and initiative as well as their ability to work in a systematic and goal-oriented manner.

Information about the appointment criteria can be found in the ‘Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts’, available for download at<>.

The working languages are Norwegian and English, and it is a requirement that applicantsare proficient in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. The University of Agder offers Norwegian languages classes to new foreign staff members who do not already have proficiency in Norwegian. Tenured staff members are expected to have acquired Norwegian proficiency within two years of their appointment, which may be documented by having passed the Bergens Test (receiving a minimum score of 450 points).

The appointee has rights and obligations in accordance with regulations applying at all times to the position, and changes in organization and tasks must be expected to occur.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position irrespective of their cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Applicants’ academic qualifications will be evaluated by an assessment committee. In addition interviews with qualified applicants will take place and their submitted references will be contacted. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

The position is remunerated according to the state salary scale 17.510, code 1011/1198, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer salary grade 57-71, code 1009. A higher salary grade will be considered for specially qualified applicants. A 2% compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to statutory provisions. For information on Norwegian salary grades, see:

We prefer that the application and all necessary information regarding applicants’ education and experience are to be sent electronically using the link “send søknad”.

The following documentation must be sent in triplicate to University of Agder, Department of Human Resources, Serviceboks 422, Gimlemoen, 4604 Kristiansand, marked with reference number 99/12:
•List of publications (Collaborative work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify the applicant’s contribution to any collaborative work, a brief account of their contribution to the work must be submitted.)
•Certified copies of references and academic credentials
•Up to ten examples of scholarly work (including doctoral thesis/master’s thesis)  that applicants wish to have included in their assessment

The applicant is responsible for submitting complete documentation in the correct number of copies. Please note that we cannot assess you as an applicant should any attachments be missing from your application.

Closing date: 10 January 2013

Further information regarding the position may be obtained by contacting either Head of DepartmentCharles Armstrong tel. 38 14 1935, e-mail address charles.armstrong at<mailto:charles.armstrong at> or Advisor Sevleta Memic, tel. 38 14 20 94, e-mail address sevleta.memic at<mailto:sevleta.memic at>
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