Instructions for applying for teacher and researcher positions
Applicants for teaching and research positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences are kindly asked to follow the Faculty instructions below concerning CVs, lists of publications and the assessment of teaching skills.
General instructions

General instructions for applicants of teaching and research positions can be found on our university's webpage Instructions for applicants of teaching and research positions. Instructions include template for CV and also information about language requirements. However, the Faculty of Social Sciences has not generally required academic portfolio.

List of publications

In applications for Faculty professorships, the list of publications should comply with the Finnish national classification for publications issued by Ministry of Education and Culture.  

A Peer-reviewed scientific articles
Journal article (refereed), original research; review article, literature review, systematic review; book section, chapters in research books; conference proceedings
NB. Doctoral dissertations (articles) also listed under item G.

B Non-refereed scientific articles
Non-refereed journal article; book section; non-refereed conference proceedings

C Scientific books (monographs)
Book; edited book, conference proceedings or special issue of a journal
NB. Doctoral dissertations (monographs) also listed under item G.

D Publications intended for professional communities
Article in a trade journal; article in a professional manual or guide or professional information system, textbook material; professional conference proceedings; published development or research report or study; textbook, professional manual or guide, dictionary

E Publications intended for the general public, linked to the applicant’s research
Popularised article, newspaper article; popularised monograph

F Public artistic and design activities
Published independent work of art; public partial realisation of a work of art; public artistic performance or exhibition; model or design adopted for production/use

G Theses
Polytechnic thesis, Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, polytechnic Master’s thesis; Licentiate thesis; doctoral dissertation (monograph); doctoral dissertation (article)

H Patents and invention disclosures
Granted patent; invention disclosure

I Audiovisual material, ICT software
Audiovisual material; ICT software

For each publication, give a complete literature reference, indicating the authors and the title of the article or publication as well as the publisher.

As­sess­ment of teach­ing skills

At the University of Helsinki, teaching skills are assessed when recruiting teaching and research staff, as well as when applying for the title of docent. Teaching skills are assessed as a whole, taking into account pedagogical training and thinking, teaching experience and development, thesis supervision experience, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and a demonstration of teaching skills. The assessment encompasses both the teaching merits and qualifications described on the electronic form provided for this purpose and the public demonstration of teaching skills. A five-step scale, in which the grade ‘good’ represents the intermediate level (Regulations on Degrees and the Protection of Students’ Rights, section 37), is used for the assessment. The assessment of teaching skills is governed by the Regulations of the University of Helsinki and by a rector’s decision (HY/1333/ on the practices for the assessment of teaching skills at the University of Helsinki.

In accordance with the Regulations and the rector’s decision, the minimum requirements for teaching skills vary between positions. This will be taken into account when assessing teaching skills and their sufficiency in relation to the position to be filled.

Assessment of teaching qualifications and merits

As part of an application process, applicants will be asked to complete an electronic form outlining their teaching qualifications and merits in specific areas. As the assessment of these qualifications and merits is based on the responses given on the form, please answer each question carefully. And acquaint yourself with the evaluation matrix before filling out the e-form.

The overall assessment of teaching qualifications and merits focuses on the following areas:

  • Pedagogical training and thinking
  • Teaching experience at various levels of university education, and development of teaching
  • Thesis supervision experience
  • Production of learning material
  • Other matters demonstrating teaching qualifications and merits
  • A demonstration of teaching skills (the teaching demonstration has its own evaluation matrix, see for more information below)

The requirements of each assessment criteria are described in the evaluation matrix. Each of the assessment criteria will be graded according to the matrix. The overall grade for teaching skills is not necessarily the mathematical average of the assessed areas; rather, different areas may compensate for each other or be emphasised to varying degrees in relation to the position in question and its requirements.

Demonstration of teaching skills

The demonstration of teaching skills is open to the public. The duration of the actual  demonstration is 20 minutes. Before the teaching demonstration, the applicant can briefly describe (max. 5 minutes) the target group, learning outcomes and context. After the teaching demonstration, the teaching skills committee and the audience may pose questions for up to 10 minutes. The teaching demonstration is attended by the teaching skills committee, members of the appointment committee and, potentially, other audience members.

At the demonstration, the applicant should teach as in a genuine teaching situation. The demonstration may also include ‘meta-speech’ about how the applicant would implement a section in a real teaching situation. The applicant is expected to interact with the audience as if they were students in the target group.

In the case of a recruitment process, the topic, target audience and language of the demonstration of teaching skills will be announced to the applicant in advance. In contrast, those applying for the title of docent can choose their own topic. Applicants must submit a short syllabus (max. 2 pages) to the HR specialist.

Preparing for the demonstration of teaching skills

  1. Draw up a syllabus (max. 2 pages), paying particular attention to the pedagogical implementation of teaching and justifying your decisions. Explore the matrix for the assessment of teaching skills. The syllabus, which should apply to the entire course, must include details of the course target group, the central learning content and outcomes, the teaching and learning methods, as well as the assessment and feedback practices of the course. The course may be part of existing degree requirements, or it can be an independently designed entity. The course syllabus will be taken into account as part of the assessment of the teaching demonstration.

    Prepare a 20-minute demonstration of teaching skills related to the course introduced in the syllabus. The teaching should be carried out in a manner that corresponds to the applicant’s understanding of good teaching. During the demonstration, the applicant can use teaching equipment as they see fit. The teaching room has the usual educational technology equipment.

    The assessment of the teaching demonstration (see the assessment matrix below) focuses on the following areas:

  • Learning outcomes, target group and context
  • Teaching content
  • Teaching methods and aids
  • Assessment of learning
  • Interaction and time management
  1. Deliver your teaching demonstration on the agreed date and time, and answer questions from the audience after your demonstration. Applicants receive a written assessment of their teaching demonstration and skills.