August 21, 2017

Professor in Curating and Mediating Art

Aalto University

Courtesy Aalto University.

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

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 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 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
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 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.

How to apply
Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than on September 4, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +2).

Additional information
For additional information, please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Kevin Tavin, email kevin.tavin [​at​] For process related questions, you may contact HR specialist Anna Lehtinen, anna.lehtinen [​at​]

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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