Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Umeå University, Sweden

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:00am

Professor for Media and Communication Studies
HUMlab at Umeå University

The Department of Culture and Media Studies is part of the Umeå University Faculty of Arts and is host to approximately 70 employees. A unique combination of subject areas makes the department a creative environment for meetings and collaboration between culture, art, literature and communication. We carry out research and education within the subject areas of media and communication studies, journalism, drama, theatre and film, ethnology, history of art, cultural analysis, literary studies, and museology.

Departmental research within the discipline of media and communication studies is focused upon the relationship of media and journalism to sociological and cultural issues such as gender and ethnicity, risk, sustainable development, the aging population, school, disabilities, surveillance and crime. Other research areas include digital media and citizen participation; communication of science, technology and environment (VTM); news management and photo journalism.


This is a full professorship in Media and Communication Studies based at the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University with a secondary affiliation with HUMlab. The professorship is part of a long-term commitment to Humanities and Information Technology (and a broadly conceived digital humanities), and there will be more positions and initiatives announced later.

HUMlab is an internationally recognized meeting place for the humanities and information technology which incorporates a range of resources, faculty and initiatives. For an example of a recent activity, see A sense of perspectives (as well as recent guests) can be given by the seminar archive: An important factor here is the establishment of the Umeå Arts Campus (, and a second  HUMlab facility was just built there (total lab/studio space: about 12000 sq ft). More information about the Department of Culture and Media studies can be found here:  The department has some 70 employees and brings together media and communication studies, journalism, drama, theatre and film, ethnology, history of art, cultural analysis, literary studies, and museology.

The application deadline is January 14, 2013. See for the complete (and authoritative) description.


The Department provides seven renowned professional programmes with many students. We educate strategic communicators; journalists with specialisations in culture, scientific or sports journalism; culture analysts; culture entrepreneurs and scriptwriters, as well as for work within the museum and cultural heritage sector.

The appointment is a part of the Faculty of Arts' long-term investment in the Humanities and Information Technology (digital humanities) as research areas.

Therefore applicants whose research relates to issues within media and communication studies relating to digital media and expressions will be prioritised.

We are looking for a person with the commitment and ability to drive the development of the research and education environment within the subject of Media and Communication Studies. As part of the appointment, there is an emphasis upon individual research and research group leadership. In addition to developing personal research, the applicant is expected to initiate and lead research projects and applications, and to supervise Ph.D. candidates. The applicant will also be expected to take chief responsibility for advanced seminars. A certain amount of teaching at both first-cycle and third-cycle education can occur.

HUMlab is the meeting place for Humanities, Culture and Information Technology at Umeå University. It offers an internationally strong environment and infrastructure for research and development within the area. The appointed will have his/her main basis in the Department, but also a secondary affiliation with the HUMlab.

A long-term strengthening of research is highly prioritised at the Faculty of Arts.

Therefore academic skills, the ability for independence and analytical work, in addition to initiating research and work within research groups, are important factors for the appointment. Further requirements include documented pedagogical skills and solid experience of teaching and supervision at both first and third-cycle level.

Great emphasis is also placed upon cooperation and leadership skills, administration abilities and the ability to work with external partners within society and industry.

This includes the task of informing about research. Additionally, the ability to teach either in Swedish or English is a requirement for the appointment. If the person offered the position does not have a command of Swedish upon appointment, after a few years he/she must be prepared to take on board administrative and pedagogical tasks that require the ability to communicate in Swedish.

To be eligible for the position as professor the applicant must have proven both academic and pedagogic capabilities and competence as reader within media and communication studies or an equivalent relevant subject (for further information see Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4 Section 3 in addition to the Umeå University Appointment Rules for teachers at Umeå University), see

Greatest importance will be attached to the evaluation criteria of academic capability and research initiation and leadership. Great emphasis is also placed upon pedagogic competence. In addition to this, other evaluation criteria are attached, such as cooperation and leadership skills, administrative competence and the ability to work with the surrounding community.

The appointment is located in Umeå and high attendance at the department is a requirement. Access upon agreement.

The application should be formed in accordance with the directions set out by the Faculty of Arts.

The application may be submitted either electronically (.pdf or Word format) or in paper form (3 copies).

Additional information is available from the Head of Department, Kerstin Engström tel. +46 (0) 90 786 69 29, e-mail Contact person from HUMlab: Director Patrik Svensson,

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.


Your complete application, marked with reference number 311-1027-12, should be sent to (state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive 14 January 2013 at the latest.


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