Senior lecturer in craft specializing in natural textiles

Ref PAR 2022/1356

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HDK-Valand Adacemy of Art and Design undertakes research and education in design, film, photography, fine art, craft and literary composition. We also educate school teachers in artistic subjects. We offer highly specialized degrees in an outward looking and international environment. Our unique breadth of subjects gives students and staff the opportunities for working with a wide range of artistic approaches and to explore new forms of practice and research.

The position is placed at Campus Steneby, a unique environment for education and research in craft and design at Gothenburg University. Nestled among the lakes and forests of Dalsland midway between Gothenburg and Oslo - we are an international community of makers, artists and designers who are attracted by our philosophy of education that involves total immersion in the workshop experience. In our educations, we seek to develop knowledge of material and technique as a basis for pushing the boundaries of material-based craft and design. With a strong focus on artistic exploration and design methods, we provide students with the tools to enable the application of their skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. 

We offer degrees in BFA in Textile-Body-Space, Wood Oriented Furniture Design, and Metal Art, where we focus on the development of technical skills, material knowledge, project planning, as well as history and theory. Our MFA in Applied Art and Design is a two-year programme that invites practitioners to develop their own approach to practice in one of our material disciplines.  

This recruitment is part of a broader development at Campus Steneby that places an emphasis on sustainability in material-based craft and design practice. Together with our partners at Mötesplats Steneby we are currently in the process of establishing a testbed for on-site experimentation in relation to wood-oriented furniture, and we have strong track-record in community collaboration with local actors such as the nearby cultural Centre Not Quite.

Craft at HDK-Valand Campus Steneby is also part of wider networks within the University. The University of Gothenburg has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration in craft, engaging in craft education and research across Västragötaland Region: At HDK-Valand’s Campus Steneby, at the department for Craft and Fine Art in Gothenburg, and at the Craft Laboratory at the Department of Conservation on their Mariestad Campus. We also share an educational environment together with Stenebyskolan, who provide preparatory artistic education and vocational training in craft related subjects.

 

Subject area 

Craft with a specialization in Natural Textiles

Subject area description 

Textile craft has a long history at Steneby, and has been part of education at the site since the 1930s. Our current bachelor programme in “Textile-Body-Space” sits at the meeting point of craft, design and fine art and is known for its daring interdisciplinary experimentation. Our textile education is deeply rooted in material knowledge and processes and includes technique courses in weaving, knitting, dyeing, pattern construction, pleating and textile printing, as well as project-based courses, which include work with public space and costume.

This strategic recruitment marks a new development in textiles as a subject area at Campus Steneby, and will build upon the uniqueness of our current textile education. ‘Natural textiles’ is the name given to an emerging range of practices in textile craft and research that have seen growth in recent years, and position textile craft in relation to regenerative and ecological principles.

Revisiting the rich knowledge of textile history requires new thinking, and this development will further strengthen our approach to enquiry-led practice that connects research and education with society around us. With a profile area in natural textiles, our ambition is to is to attract students and researchers who wish to work with textiles in a wide range of contexts and with a sustainable focus. Through investing in knowledge of how to work with textiles as part of eco-system, the knowledge and approaches developed by students will give them tools to find new ways of working within the textile field, opening up for new ways to influence our ways of living with material and new career possibilities.

Duties 

We are looking for a colleague who wishes to inspire and engage others, leading us in the development and delivery of a new international BFA in textile craft with natural textiles as a profile area. The successful applicant will lead a team working on the new programme development and undertake teaching and examinations. Part of the assignment includes time for your own research, community collaboration or artistic development work, in accordance with the University of Gothenburg´s working hours agreement.

Duties and responsibilities include:

 

  • Leading the development of a new international textile-based programme together with teachers, technicians and students specialized in textile, and with staff across Campus Steneby.

  • Lead the work to formally establish curricula and syllabi for the new programme according to regulations, standards, and decision processes at the University of Gothenburg’s Artistic Faculty. This will be done with the support of the director of studies at undergradate level, the programme director in textile and the unit manager.

  • Contributing to the development the research environment at Campus Steneby

  • Teaching in the new international textile bachelor program and in the master program Applied Art and Design and independent courses.

  • Taking part in regular meetings on unit and department level.

  • Undertaking research, artistic or pedagogical development in agreement with the unit manager.

The language of instruction is English.

The work assignments are to be undertaken at Campus Steneby in Dals-Långed, Sweden.

Eligibility 

The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg. 

To be eligible for appointment as a senior lecturer within disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts, the applicant is required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a doctorate in fine, applied or performing arts, has demonstrated artistic expertise or has some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve. 

Assessment criteria 

Artistic expertise

  • A well-documented practice related to natural textiles
  • Documented artistic expertise in the field of textile craft
  • Documented experience in developing artistic projects
  • Documented visibility and value in craft/design life and professional contexts nationally (home country) and internationally

 

Teaching expertise

  • Documented skills and experience in development of curricula and syllabi
  • Documented experience of university-level teaching
  • Documented experience integrating research practices within education
  • Highly skilled in conveying knowledge and committed to and interested in the subject.

Research expertise

  • Documented experience of enquiry-led practice at an advanced level
  • Phd is a merit
  • Experience working in research projects is a merit
  • A track-record of research related to the subject area is a merit
  • Research publications are a merit
  • Engagement with international networks in the field

Other assessment criteria

  • Very good team leading skills
  • Good organizational ability
  • Good administrative skills
  • General experience with digital systems and softwares
  • Very good knowledge in English, verbally and in writing

We will make an overall assessment and hire the candidate considered to have the best potential for conducting and developing the duties described above. Great emphasis is placed on individual suitability.

Employees that have not previously completed pedagogic courses for higher education provided by a university (or equivalent) are expected to take these within two years.

Employment 

This is a permanent position. A probationary employment period can be applied. The extent of the position is 80% (0.8 FTE) and is located at HDK-Valand Campus Steneby in Dals-Långed. The first day of work is 15/8/2023 or subject to agreement.

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Tom Cubbin, head of Campus Steneby tom.cubbin@hdk.gu.se
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Maria Krång, maria.krang@gu.se

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

 

Application 

Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

Publications that cannot be attached to the application in digital format should be sent to:

HR
HDK-Valand
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg
Sweden

And should be received no later than the application deadline. Mark the package with “Senior Lecturer with specialization in Natural Textiles PAR 2022/1356.”

Applications must be received by:  18 December 2022

 

Information for International Applicants 

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit: 

https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services 

https://www.vastsverige.com/en/dalsland/

https://www.langedslife.com/

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations. Salaries are set individually at the University. In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed. In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.