Applications should be addressed to TTJT ("Tutkimuksen ja tieteellisten jatkotutkintojen toimikunta”; "Faculty committee on research and research-oriented postgraduate degrees") and submitted to the HR Specialist responsible for the docent applications of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: hr-eltdk(at)helsinki.fi. Please ask for more information beforehand if needed.
Once an application has arrived, the Faculty will ask the professor in charge of the field to draw up a reasoned proposal on suitable experts to assess the applicant’s scholarly qualifications. This proposal must briefly describe the qualifications of the assessors in relation to the field of the nomination. The proposal must also include the address and other contact details of the persons in question. The applicant may object to any assessor proposed. When selecting assessors, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has striven to take into account the grounds for disqualification under the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003, Sections 27–28).
Applications for the title of docent and proposals for assessors will be discussed in the Faculty committee on research and research-oriented postgraduate degrees, which may, if it supports an application, forward it and the appointment of assessors to the Faculty Council for decision.
If the committee has a valid reason not to support an application, information about this decision, together with the reasons given, will be sent to the applicant. At the applicant’s request, the presenting official can submit the matter to the Faculty Council for decision making even if the committee does not propose to the Faculty Council that the assessment process be initiated. If the applicant accepts the committee’s decision, the matter is dissolved until the applicant reapplies for the title of dosentti, for example when the applicant can demonstrate his or her scholarly activities more conclusively.
Once the Faculty Council has decided on the assessors, the HR Specialist will submit the application documents to them. The time limit for the assessment is usually two months. If the assessors’ statements support the granting of the title of docent, the applicant must hold a demonstration of teaching skills according to the Faculty’s instructions. The Faculty’s Teaching Skills Evaluation Committee will be present at the demonstration of teaching skills and will submit a statement on the applicant’s teaching skills.
The Faculty Council will examine the application documents, the assessors’ statements and the statement of the Teaching Skills Evaluation Committee and will then decide whether to propose to the Chancellor that the applicant be granted the title of docent.