Professor of Fine Art Pedagogy in Higher Education

Uniarts Helsinki is an open meeting place for the arts – an ambitious university community for bold reformers and experts in tradition. We cultivate a unique environment that helps artists grow and strengthens the power of art as a driver of change. Uniarts Helsinki is among the leading performing arts universities in the world, and it is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy. We have about 2,000 students, 60 professors and 700 full-time equivalent employees.

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts is an international community. It offers high-quality teaching in contemporary art and is a pioneer in artistic research. The Academy of Fine Arts has educated visual artists since 1848. 

University of the Arts, Academy of Fine Arts is now inviting applications for


For years, artist training has been based on the idea that artists teach artists. Little research has been conducted on the theoretical basis and the methods of higher education provided for artists. As a result Uniarts Helsinki will now establish a new five-year Professorship of Fine Art Pedagogy in Higher Education thanks to funding from the Saastamoinen Foundation. The professorship will focus on research in the education of professional artists. In this sense, the field is different from art education for schools, which relies on conventional pedagogical research.

Fine Art Pedagogy in higher education is a new theme that has involved limited international research. As far as is known, the newly founded professorship at Uniarts Helsinki is, in fact, the first of its kind in the world. In this context the selected professor will set up a research group that will focus on university-level artist training in Fine Arts and forge international networks in the field.

“Uniarts Helsinki has a national responsibility to provide the highest possible education in the arts in Finland. We want to take an ambitious approach to art pedagogy in higher education and act as a forerunner in this new discipline,” says Jaana Erkkilä-Hill, Uniarts Helsinki’s Vice Rector responsible for research.


The qualification requirements for the new five-year Professorship of Fine Art Pedagogy in Higher Education correspond to those of full professor. The requirements include an applicable doctoral degree, excellent merits in research and extensive experience of teaching that is based on public artistic activities as well as pedagogical knowledge and competence required for the job. In addition, experience in developing research, leadership skills, experience in successful funding applications and excellent cooperation skills are required.

A successful applicant must have a good command of English.

When assessing the merits of the applicant, attention will be paid to their prior research, teaching experience, pedagogical knowledge, the academic leadership experience, successful funding applications and cooperation skills.


The job-specific salary component will be based on level 8-10 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The yearly salary for full professor is between 64 000 EUR and 96 000 EUR depending on experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health care benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

Professorial working hours will be based on a total annual workload of 1,624 hours as defined in the collective agreement. The position requires regular presence at the workplace and participating of development of the research in the academy of Fine Arts. It also may include supervising doctoral students.


The applications should be submitted through our electronic recruitment system here by 24 April 2020 23.59 (UTC +2). You will receive an automatic reply from the system (check the spam folder if you can’t find the email with your username information in your inbox). Please send all your application materials in English and in PDF form.

The application consists of

1)     A free formulated letter of motivation

2)     A report of the applicant’s thoughts on the future research, pedagogical knowledge in relation to the position and their vision for developing the field (max. 2 pages)

3)     A CV

4)     A list of publications

5)    A teaching portfolio

Without jeopardizing the uniform treatment of applicants, Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to leave a position unfilled or continue the application period.


For additional information, please contact Vice Rector Jaana Erkkilä-Hill. In recruitment process related issues, please contact HR Specialist Leena-Kaisa Paananen, e-mails

Interested? Please read more about the University of the Arts as an employer at Uniarts webpages.


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