[artinfo] Professor in Curating and Mediating Art

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Professor in Curating and Mediating Art

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of 
technology, business, art and design. We are committed to identifying 
and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative 
future.  Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students 
and 4 700 employees, more than 400 of which are professors. Our 
vision is to rank among the top universities in the world. The 
University campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution 
of higher education for design, media, architecture, motion picture, 
art education and art. The current key areas of research are design, 
digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, 
welfare architecture and emerging technologies as well as community, 
urban planning and design. The school produces specialists and 
innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and 
technical skills.

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites 
applications for a tenure track or tenured professor position in:

Curating and Mediating Art

Job description

The professor will work in the creative and internationally 
recognized environment of Aalto University's School of ARTS. The 
position is situated in the Department of Art, known for nationally 
and internationally recognized high quality artistic and art 
pedagogical activities and scholarship as well as research. The 
department has three study programs that are taught by leading 
scholars and practioners in their field. The programs focus on art 
education, Nordic visual studies and art education, visual cultures, 
curating and contemporary art. The department conducts groundbreaking 
research in its fields and gives its students expertise in artistic 
practices and critical skills in mediating, representing, discussing 
and critiquing art and other forms of visual culture.

The Professor of Curating and Mediating Art will contribute to the 
Department and the field of curating through their deep knowledge, 
expertise and experience in curating and mediating contemporary art 
within various art institutions and the broader public sphere. The 
professor will work with students, faculty, and other stakeholders to 
understand and challenge formations, movements and international 
discourses of contemporary art and curating, and the cultural fields 
and networked world in which they exist.  The Professor will engage 
students through curatorial, theoretical and educational situations 
and events, where the multifaceted aspects of the art world are 
entangled. This includes the interconnectedness of cultural 
relations, organizational practices, and curatorial tasks such as 
collecting, showing, researching, and other methods to produce, 
install, curate and mediate exhibition content.

The professor will contribute to teaching in the Department of Art, 
both at the doctoral and MA levels, and supervise and advise doctoral 
and MA students with their dissertations and theses. In addition, the 
professor is expected to engage and provide leadership within the 
larger university context.

The position may be filled on any level of Tenure Track system 
(Assistant / Associate / Full Professor) and will begin during the 
academic year 2018 as agreed.

What we expect from you

The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong 
contribution in the field of curating art. The applicants will be 
reviewed based on their research and/or artistic work, teaching and 
academic leadership as well as activity in scientific and artistic 
community. The professor shall have capability to work broadly within 
the related disciplines and competence areas in the field.

The applicant is expected to have:

A cutting-edge research agenda and significant experience in the field
Teaching experience
Experience in curating practice
Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration
International networks within the field of curating
A doctoral degree in a relevant field
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system 
are expected to exercise and guide scientific research, to provide 
related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their 
field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, 
and to take part in societal interaction and international 
collaboration in their field.

Tenure track in Aalto University

The position will be placed on the Aalto University Tenure Track. 
Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in 
their career through regular performance assessments, which take into 
account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched 
only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of 
international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of 
recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto 
University community.  For more information on the tenure track 
system of Aalto University, please see 


Aalto University follows the salary scale in use at Aalto University, 
but applicants may also provide salary requirements.

How to apply

The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the 
applicants are required to submit the following material:

1.	Motivation letter including a statement of current and future 
research interests (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)
2.	Curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)
3.	Complete list of publications & activity in the field (max 20 MB)
4.	Summary of teaching experience (max 2 pages, max 20 MB)

All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files 
and are to be addressed to the President of Aalto University. Aalto 
University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during 
the first phase of the application process. The application material 
will not be returned.

Please submit your application through the Aalto University 
eRecruitment system no later than on September 4th, 2017 (Finnish 
time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply for this 
job') can be found at the bottom of the page.

Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the 
applicants' scientific publications based on the applicant's CV and 
list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis. This 
information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be 
collected and analyzed based on information available on public 

 From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will 
select those who will be asked to supplement their application 
materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by 
external experts (the second phase of the application process).

General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, 
language requirements and guidelines for compiling CV are given at: 

Additional information

For additional information, please contact the Chairman of the 
Departmental Committee, Professor Kevin Tavin, email 
<mailto:kevin.tavin at aalto.fi>kevin.tavin at aalto.fi. In recruitment 
process related questions, you may contact HR specialist Anna 
Hynynen, email <mailto:anna.hynynen at aalto.fi>anna.hynynen at aalto.fi.

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