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How to become a docent in the Faculty of Theology?

Title of Docent | Qualification | Applying | For Assessors

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). The title is sometimes referred to as an Adjunct Professor. The organization for Finnish universities (Universities Finland UNIFI) recommends translation 'the title of docent'.

The Faculty Council considers whether the applicant fulfils the requirements of the title. The Chancellor of the University of Helsinki may award the title upon the Faculty Council's proposal.

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

The requirements for the title are the following:

  • a doctoral degree
  • scholarly studies of high quality; in quantity, the publications should be equivalent in scope to two doctoral dissertations (both monographs and research articles can be included)
  • a comprehensive knowledge of his or her own field
  • a capacity for independent research demonstrated through publication or some other manner.

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.

Instructions on writing an academic portfolio

Teaching skills

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 (academic portfolio), the demonstration of teaching skills and an interview.

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

The application round is open until the 9th of October 2016. Required closures are: a free-form application letter including one's contact information and specification of the field of the applied docentship, an English-language academic portfolio (see instructions behind the links above), an English-language list of publications and two copies of publications.

Instructions for how to submit the application (pdf-file)

Apply the title of Docent (internal applicants)

Apply the title of Docent (external applicants)

Instructions for assessors

Assessors are requested to assess the applicant's scientific qualifications and other merits, the focus
being on the former.

Download the instructions for assessors from here: