Position for a Professor of Metal Work and Jewellery at Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Open call  /  ProfessionalPractice  /  13 Sep 2012  -  22 Oct 2012
Published: 13.09.2012
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
DEADLINE: 22/10/2012

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Extended deadline: October 22th 2012.
A full-time position as Professor / Associate Professor of Metal Work- and Jewellery art is currently vacant in the Department of Visual Arts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
The Oslo National Academy of the Arts is the country’s largest educational institution for artists and designers. As of 1 August 2011, the Academy has consisted of six sections: the Design department, the Visual Art department, the Academy of Fine Art, the Academy of Opera, the Academy of Theatre, and the Academy of Dance. It offers a variety of educational programmes at BA and MA levels within each main area of study. As an academic environment, the National Academy is active in artistic research and nurtures artistic development and dissemination. The Oslo National Academy of the Arts is located in newly renovated buildings at Seilduksfabrikken beside the Aker River.

Fixed-Term Position As Professor / Associate Professor Of Metal Work And Jewellery Art
A full-time position as professor / associate professor of metal work- and jewellery art is currently vacant in the Department of Visual Arts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The position is for a fixed term of 6 years. The successful applicant will be able to apply for a second fixed term, possibly extending the total employment period to 12 years.
In special circumstances, a shorter contract period may be considered.

The Department of Visual Arts
Using the early Arts and Craft movement and that of the Bauhaus’ vision of art as integrated in everyday-life as a historical point of departure, the Department of Visual Arts seeks to elaborate a focus on the relationship between art and life, on matters of materiality (production, sustainability, the global), on applied art, on artistic practice in social and political contexts - in a contemporary perspective.

The programme of studies at the Visual Art department allows specialisation in textiles, metal work and jewellery, graphics and ceramics. There is an intake of around 32 students per year at BA level and 22 at MA level, divided among the four specialisations. Within each specialisation, the training provides an introduction to theory, familiarisation with the medium by means of professionally relevant themes, and artistic practice in the form of students’ own studio work.

The Visual Art department provides training for artists in the form of two separate study programmes: a three-year BA degree programme and a two-year MA programme. The National Academy participates in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme and currently has four students of fine art at postgraduate level.

The department is currently developing a MA program in Art and Public Space.

The Metal work and Jewellery department
The metalwork and jewellery department currently has 5 employees whose combined employment time is equivalent to 2.7 full-time positions. Various guest teachers and lecturers are also hired. The department can also call upon a workshop technician.

The department of metal work and jewellery art focuses on process based working methods and is organised so as to offer students opportunities to specialize within a broad range of techniques, such as jewellery, corpus and object/sculpture. The new tool park offers opportunities to develop works within anything from traditional workshops to digital 3D, which is unique nationally and internationally.

The Position
We are looking for an employee who will take artistic and educational responsibility (departmental head) for the department of metal work and jewellery in its future development. One aspect of the successful applicant’s responsibilities will be to build a competitive programme of study by reviewing and restructuring the curriculum, based on a clear vision of the history of metal work an jewellery’s, of its position in contemporary art, and of the challenges the mediums face within the international art context.

The successful applicant will work to stimulate reflection and improve articulation levels throughout the BA and MA courses. Expertise in the field of art in public space will also be relevant.

Key tasks will include the initiation of cooperation and contacts with other educational and outreach institutions and with relevant partners nationally and internationally. It is expected that the applicant will participate in debates relating to the artistic field both within the Academy and in the broader public sphere, and will help to promote the interests and concerns of the metalwork and jewellery department nationally and internationally.

Work responsibilities include teaching, tutoring, artistic research and administration. It is expected that teaching will be closely linked to the applicant’s own on-going artistic research and artistic work.

• The applicant must be able to document extensive artistic activity of high quality according to international standards, and of relevant breadth and depth in the field of metalwork and jewellery art.
• The applicant must be able to demonstrate competence to a high level in the handling of working processes, techniques and materials.
• The applicant must be able to demonstrate good oral and written verbal skills.
• The applicant must be able to document links to networks relevant to the field in an international context.
• The applicant should be able to document administrative experience. 
• The successful applicant must be or become familiar with one of the Scandinavian languages.
• The applicant must be fluent in both spoken and written English.
• The applicant may deliver a trial lecture.
• Emphasis will be placed on good interpersonal skills, personal suitability, independence, reliability, organisational experience and experience in project work.
• Relevant skills and experience in teaching will also be considered desirable.

We refer to the general requirements for competence articulated in “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”, § 1-2 and 1-4 no. 3: “Documented competence in relevant educational theory and practice based on training or on teaching and supervision.” If the successful applicant does not satisfy the requirements for practical-pedagogical competence, the one who is assigned may be required to follow a course in basic teaching education.
The employee is expected to actively participate in the department’s strategic development and contribute to a flexible use of the department’s total resources.
The nearest director in all artistic and educational matters is the Dean. In all educational-administrative matters it is the Head of Studies. 

General requirements
The successful applicant must comply with the laws and regulations that apply at the relevant time to state institutions in general and to further education establishments in Norway. The successful applicant will also agree to abide by the decisions made by the directorship of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Assessment procedure
The applicant’s suitability will be assessed by an expert committee, which will base its decisions exclusively on the application and the documentation accompanying the application.

After the expert committee has delivered its conclusions, the department’s recommendations committee will assess those applicants considered by the expert committee to be best qualified in academic terms. The recommendations committee will invite applicants for interviews and trial lectures. Interviews with the applicant’s referees might also be required.

The recommendations committee of the Visual Arts department will present its conclusions following an overall assessment of each applicant’s professional and personal suitability. The body with the authority to appoint an applicant to the position is Oslo National Academy of the Arts’ appointments committee.

Application requirements
The application must contain all relevant and necessary biographical information together with a statement of the applicant’s intentions and objectives with regard to his or her own teaching. The application and contact details must be registered in the Academy’s online application system, Easycruit.

Attachments required for the application to be considered complete include a CV, academic certificates, comprehensive documentation of artistic work and of teaching experience, personal references and other materials documenting activities of relevance to the position. Applications submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered.

Salary will depend on the successful applicant’s classification in terms of pay grade and title, either 1013 Professor or 1011 Associate Professor, wage scale 61 to 77 (gross annual salary NOK 503,300 – 671,100 for a full-time position). For exceptionally qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered. A 2% statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

Information concerning this announcement
Wherever possible, the national labour force should reflect the diversity of the national population. It is therefore a goal of staffing policy to achieve balance in terms of age and gender, and to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. The latter are therefore encouraged to apply.