Teaching assistant professor/teaching associate professor within architecture and strategic design

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
April 07, 2024
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The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation invites applications for a 3-year-part time position as a teaching assistant professor/teaching associate professor for architecture and strategic design.

Future designers and architects face complex societal challenge, and it is important for them to cultivate robust networks and collaborations while also possessing advanced strategic, analytical, and digital competencies. Emerging partnerships present opportunities that architects and designers translate into tangible solutions addressing the needs of users, consumers, and citizens. Consequently, we seek a forward-thinking and highly skilled professional with substantial experience from architectural practice, capable of teaching architecture and interdisciplinary collaborations within design processes and committed to disseminating knowledge while enriching a dynamically evolving professional domain.

Teaching will primarily be conducted within the Master's program in Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship.

The vacant position is affiliated with the Institute of Architecture and Design. We hope to fill the position by August 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Institute

At the Institute of Architecture and Design, we educate both architects and designers. With artistic methodology as our point of departure, architecture at a human scale and design within spatial contexts, we train professionals who contribute to solving the complex challenges of the future. Our teaching and research bridge the realms of design and architecture, engaging closely with businesses, organizations, and society.

Both our research and educational programmes are distinctly driven by our desire to create meaningful change. We offer two bachelor programs: Helhed og Del and Product+, as well as four master's programs: Spatial Design, Strategic Design & Entrepreneurship, Furniture Design, and Fashion, Clothing & Textiles. Additionally, the institute oversees the Royal Academy's teaching withing digital and analogue drawing.

Strategic Design & Entrepreneurship is a two-year English-language master's program offered in collaboration with the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The program educates architects, designers, and social scientists. An introduction video and further information can be found here: https: // royaldanishacademy.com/programme/strategic-design-entrepreneurship

The position

The position of teaching assistant professor/teaching associate professor will consist of teaching and related duties carried out in collaboration with the Institute's other teaching staff. You may be expected to undertake other duties to a limited extent.

Your duties will include:

  • Lectures, teaching and supervision within the subject area
  • Curriculum planning and the associated administration related to the Royal Danish Academy's programmes and interdisciplinary teaching
  • Participation in academic assessments, critiques and evaluations
  • Development of didactics and brief formats that involve collaboration with external partners
  • Qualifications

    As a minimum, you hold a relevant master's level degree. Alternatively, you can provide documentation of prior learning at master's level acquired through higher education, knowledge, skills, competencies and professional experience within the academic field of the position.

    We also expect that you:

  • have teaching experience from a higher education institution, preferably from teaching architecture and design
  • navigate well in cross-cultural and international environments
  • exhibit expertise as a communicator and disseminator of knowledge
  • To be eligible for appointment as a teaching associate professor, at the time of appointment you must also:

  • have at least six years' professional experience within the subject
  • have at least two years' teaching experience
  • be able to provide documentation of having received supervision and upgraded your teaching qualifications. In addition, the Royal Danish Academy requires you to have completed and passed the Danish one-year postgraduate teacher training diploma course (pædagogikum), and to provide documentation for this. In exceptional cases, dispensation from the teacher-training requirement may be granted if you can document having completed and passed some other form of pedagogical training from a recognised educational institution, for example, a teacher's qualification or an MA in Education.
  • In the overall assessment of the candidates for this position, particular importance will be attached to an excellent track record in innovative teaching, as will:

  • experience with problem-centered teaching and collaborative engagement with external businesses and organizations
  • experience with interdisciplinary work
  • knowledge in integrating sustainability principles into architectural practice.
  • What we offer

    We offer a creative, dedicated, stimulating and visionary educational and research environment. We value good collegial relationships conducive to mutual inspiration and discourse.

    As a teaching assistant professor, you will be offered supervision and the opportunity to upgrade your teaching skills, the ultimate aim being to give you a written assessment of your teaching qualifications.

    Salary and terms of employment

    The terms of pay and employment will, depending on your qualifications, be in accordance with the agreement in force between the Danish Ministry of Finance and a number of organisations under the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) for academic staff in public service or in accordance with the agreement in force between the Danish Ministry of Finance and Union of Education Denmark. A qualification allowance will be negotiable, depending on your skills and experience.

    The position will also be filled in accordance with the applicable job structure for artistic and scientific staff at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation; Aarhus School of Architecture and Design School Kolding – Executive Order No. 1190 of 21 August 2023.

    You will be appointed as a teaching assistant professor or teaching associate professor depending on your qualifications. The grading will be based on a concrete assessment by expert assessors. If you are appointed as a teaching assistant professor, a teaching assistant professor period will be set with a view to upgrading to teaching associate professor level.

    The position is a 3-year fixed-term appointment with an average of 7.4 working hours per week. An extension for up to 2 years may be possible so that the total employment period is up to 5 years.


    Please submit a letter of motivation, an up-to-date CV, academic diplomas and certificates, and documentation of your qualifications as listed above. Finally, you must attach material that attests to your teaching qualifications. Any assessment(s) of previous teaching assistant professor/teaching associate professor positions held should also be enclosed.

    You should submit your application with attachments online via the “Apply for position” button, to reach the Royal Danish Academy no later than Sunday, 7 April.

    Applications and application documents received after the application deadline will not be considered.

    Please note that the position is being advertised and will be filled in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science's “Executive Order of 12 April 2019 on the employment of artistic and scientific staff at the higher artistic educational institutions within the remit of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science”.

    After the application deadline, in consultation with the appointments committee, the head of the institute will select applicants for assessment. Applicants will be selected according to an overall assessment of which applicants best meet the criteria set out in this call for applications based on the application documents submitted. In your application, including attachments, please therefore provide evidence that you meet the qualification requirements described in the call for applications.

    All applicants will then be informed as to whether or not their application will proceed to the next stage of the selection procedure, and those selected will be informed of the composition of the committee. An expert assessment committee will then assess the selected applicants for the given position. Each applicant will be sent their assessment, with an option to submit comments.

    The appointment as teaching assistant professor/teaching associate professor will therefore be based on a specific assessment by an expert assessment committee. The assessment committee will base its assessment on the qualification requirements listed in the call for applications and all the application documents. In your application, including attachments, please therefore provide evidence that you meet the qualification requirements described in the call for applications.

    If you base our application for the position on accumulated prior learning, please note that the expert assessment committee will decide whether these competencies equate to master's level according to the Royal Danish Academy's applicable guidelines.

    Further information

    Information regarding qualification requirements, the application process and the e-recruitment system can be obtained on request from HR-employee, Louise Hellqvist Sieverts, [email protected] tel.: +45 4170 1537.

    Details about the academic content of the position can be obtained on request from Head of Institute Mathilde Serup, [email protected], tel.: 4170 1513. General information about the Royal Danish Academy and the Institute of Architecture and Design can be found at www. royaldanishacademy.com.

    The Royal Danish Academy is an inclusive workplace that considers diversity a strength. We therefore encourage all qualified and interested applicants to apply for the position.

    About the Royal Danish Academy

    The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation is an internationally recognised academy that educates professionally creative graduates to the highest level and develops new knowledge that creates value for society and the labour market. The Royal Danish Academy is a public institution under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and has approximately 1,700 students and 350 full-time staff equivalents. Read more about the Royal Danish Academy on our website www. royaldanishacademy.com

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