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Faculty of Theology
P.O. Box 4
(Vuorikatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

Visiting address & accessible entrance:
Vuorikatu 3

Email addresses: firstname.lastname at helsinki.fi

Tel. (09) 1911 (University switchboard)

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How to become a docent in the Faculty of Theology?


Title of Docent | Qualification | Applying

The Title of Docent

The University may, upon application, grant the title of docent (dosentti) to a person possessing extensive knowledge in his or her field, the ability for independent research and good teaching skills. Roughly speaking, the title can be compared with Privatdozent (in German-speaking countries) or with Associate professor (in North America). The title is sometimes referred to as an Adjunct Professor, but the organization for Finnish universities (Universities Finland UNIFI) recommends translation 'the title of docent'.

Docents provide instruction, supervise students and examine theses (Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations) as well as participate in other University operations as agreed. The title of docent is an academic title for life. Docents do not receive a regular salary, however the Faculty will pay fees for the supervision or the specific lectures etc.

Qualification requirements

Academic qualifications

According to Section 89 of the Universities Act (Act No 558/2009), a university may award the title of docent (dosentti) to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of his or her own field, a capacity for independent research demonstrated through publication or some other manner, and good teaching skills.

According to the decision of the Faculty of Theology, the requirement for the title is a doctoral degree and two scholarly studies of a high quality, equivalent in scope to at least two doctoral dissertations. Furthermore, research conducted after the doctoral dissertation must demonstrate the applicant’s development as an independent researcher.

The Faculty Council will appoint two assessors to provide a statement on the applicant’s academic qualifications, unless this is considered unnecessary for a special reason.

Teaching skills

According to University Regulations, holders of docentships must possess good teaching skills.

The Faculty of Theology committee on teaching skills assesses the overall teaching skills of applicants for docentships. The committee will assess the applicant's teaching skills comprehensively. The assessment is based on teaching qualifications as recorded in the application documents, the demonstration of teaching skills and an interview. (Assessment of Teaching Skills and the Teaching Skills Evaluation Matrix)

Language skills

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, docent must have good English skills. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or
Swedish may be exempted from the Finnish and Swedish language requirement without a separate application.

Applying the Title of Docent

Prospective docents must first contact the Head of Faculty Administration.

Application instructions will be published in this page in the near future.

The following dates have been set for the demonstration of teaching skills by applicants for docentships:

  • Tue 8 October 2013 at 9 AM (onwards)
  • Mon 2 December 2013 at 1 PM (onwards)

Additional information:  Head of Faculty Administration,
email: teol-hallinto at helsinki.fi, tel. +358 9 191 22550