Professorship in Rhetoric

University of Copenhagen


Professorship in Rhetoric



The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a full professorship in Rhetoric to be filled by 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Communication ( offers research-driven educational programs in Film and Media Studies, Communication and IT, Information Science, Cognition and Communication, Philosophy, Education, and Rhetoric.

The professorship will be affiliated with the Department’s Section of Rhetoric ( Research and teaching in this Section encompass historical, text critical, didactic and practical (oral and written) approaches in areas such as political, visual, aesthetic, digital, argumentative, journalistic and professional communication practices.

Job content

The position involves research and research-based teaching in rhetoric as well as administration and management according to current standard requirements at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

The professor is expected to conduct research at a leading international level and to assume central responsibility for the further development of a collective research environment in the Section for Rhetoric.

The position includes development, planning and administration of the BA and MA programs in Rhetoric as well as teaching within central areas in these programs. At the Department of Communication, teaching excellence has a high priority and we are striving for synergy between education and research. The professor is expected to contribute actively to this agenda as well as to the general quality development of our educational programs.

The general expectation is that the appointed candidate will be able to teach in Danish and in English. Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years) non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as to interact in Danish with colleagues and students.

Qualification requirements

The candidate should have an excellent research and teaching profile in Rhetoric.

The Faculty of Humanities have eight (8) criteria for full professorship. The candidate must be able to document having: 

  • an internationally recognized research profile, especially a continuous record of publication

  • a strong teaching portfolio that includes program development and pedagogic and didactic competencies built up through extensive and wide-ranging teaching practice

  • experience with research management and researcher training

  • the ability to act strategically/politically and to shape academic landscapes

  • strong social and collegial skills that enable the individual concerned to act as a unifying, present and confidence-inspiring force within the academic environment

  • had success in procuring external research funding at the highest level, or at least the potential to do so

  • experience with communicating and drawing attention to their academic work in wider social circles in order to optimize the impact of research and education on society as a whole

  • experience with international co-operation and networking and the ability to develop new international perspectives and dimensions

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Hence the assessment of applicants’ qualifications will assign equal weight to documented competences in the field of teaching, pedagogy and didactics as in the field of research, research collaboration and research organization. Applicants with documentation of excellent teaching skills including experience with development of teaching and with experiences and reflections on how most effectively to integrate research and teaching activities will be given priority.

For further details about the qualification requirements for professors, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact the Head of Department Jens-Erik Mai,

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

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The application must be written in English and must include the following:

  • Application letter/cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)

  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).

  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *

  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organizing research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.

  • Teaching portfolio. Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching). For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen

  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of seven publications for assessment, of which at least three must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and named from 1 to 7.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavors, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French will be assessed.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR XX, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 150708

Salary and conditions of employment

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 52,192 per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. 

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UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET 8 January 2020.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.




Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 08-01-2020

Employment start: 01-08-2020

Department/Location: Institut for Kommunikation

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