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Applicants interested in teaching and research duties at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences are kindly requested to follow the Faculty’s instructions, available below, regarding the academic portfolio and the assessment of teaching skills.

Instructions for applying for the title of docent

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Academic portfolio is similar to scientific report, in which the writer represents clearly her/his professional know-how and considers her/his academic work (research, teaching, administrative and other work) en bloc. Academic portfolio is also suited for self-evaluation, development, reporting and for the evaluation made by others in the applications for teaching posts and in the definition of wage scale.

The portfolio includes the history of one's own work, operational philosophy, outputs, future plans, received feedback and self-evaluation. It is also possible to use academic portfolio as help in developmental conversations or in specifying the working community's distribution of work.

Academic portfolio instructions

 

Teaching skills qualification requirements of teaching and research staff

According to the regulations of the University of Helsinki an appointee to a professorship shall have the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor in the tenure track system shall have the teaching skills necessary for the position. An appointee to the position of university lecturer or clinical instructor shall be able to provide high quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. A postdoctoral researcher shall have the teaching skills necessary for the position. A holder of the title of docent must have good teaching skills.

The following criteria are applied to all evaluations of teaching skills:

  • training in university pedagogy
  • practical teaching experience
  • ability to use and produce teaching and learning material
  • other teaching merits
  • if necessary, demonstration of teaching skills