02.01.2018

Guidelines for Applying for the Title of Docent at the Faculty of Information Technology

Preliminary Discussion

Before starting the application process for the title of docent, the applicant should discuss the issues relevant to applying (the necessity of the docentship, its field and field specification, and teaching skills assessment) with a professor representing the field and/or the head of the department. This will facilitate and accelerate the processing of the matter.

Applying for the Title of Docent

The applicant must submit a free-form application to the Faculty, in which the name of the docentship applied for, a potential specification of the field (of teaching), and the applicant’s contact information are stated.

Demonstration Lecture and Language Skills

The demonstration lecture and the language skills needed in teaching duties are evaluated by the Dean (passed / failed), after hearing the Faculty Council if necessary.

In the Faculty of Information Technology the form of demonstration lecture for docent applicants is a public guest lecture. This way the candidate for the title of docent introduces him/herself to the staff and students. The subject of the guest lecture should be on the area of the applied docentship and should last 45 min – 1 hour (including discussion in the end 5-10 min).

The Faculty Council may justify the exemption of a candidate from the demonstration lecture at least in situations in which the candidate has previously given an equivalent demonstration, or when the quality of his/her teaching skills and competence can be ensured in some other way.

Regulations and Guidelines

According to the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 89), a university may award the title of docent (adjunct professor) to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of his/her own field, a capacity for independent research or artistic work demonstrated through publication or some other manner, and good teaching skills.

According to the University of Jyväskylä Regulations (Section19, Subsection 1, Paragraph 9), the Faculty Council is responsible for awarding the title of docent.

Rector’s Decision on the Conferment of the Title of Docent at the University of Jyväskylä (15 March 2010)
The procedure  related to the conferment of the title of docent can be initiated if the Faculty Council considers it to be expedient  for research and teaching at the Faculty. In particular, it should be ensured that the docentship system will support the University’s efforts in terms of internationalization and external cooperation.

When assessing the applicant’s qualifications for the docentship, the starting point are the additional scientific merits acquired during a minimum of one year after defence of the doctoral dissertation; these merits are presumed to correspond to at least a high-quality doctoral dissertation. In addition, the candidate is to demonstrate sufficient capacity for independent research through his/her publications. External expert evaluators may also be used when assessing the applicant’s qualifications.

When assessing the candidate’s teaching skills, attention is paid to prior teaching and counselling experience, pedagogical training, a demonstrated ability to develop learning material, other merits within the field of education, and to the demonstration lecture. If necessary, the Faculty Council may evaluate and confirm the applicant’s teaching skills to be good on the basis of statements given by external evaluators and other material presented.

The University units and the docent, in accordance with the established practice, separately agree on the teaching and non-teaching duties included in the docentship, as well as on their compensation. The units respectively agree on other arrangements, e.g. regarding premises, in compliance with the practices of the University.


Rector’s Decision regarding the Use of the Title of Docent and the Conferment of the Docent Certificate at the University of Jyväskylä
 (15 March 2010)
Docents are also entitled to use the title of docent after they retire. The title of docent is ‘dosentti’ in Finnish.

A person who has been conferred the title of docent at the University of Jyväskylä cannot use this title when serving as a professor at the University of Jyväskylä.

A certificate, complying with the template of the University Administration Centre, is provided, either in Finnish or English, pertaining to the conferment of the title of docent.

Evaluation of the Demonstration Lecture and the Language Skills Required for Teaching (Rector’s Delegation Decision of 14 December 2009, Attachment 2, 3.3.)
The pedagogical skills and competence required for teaching are evidenced through a public demonstration lecture. The lecture is given in connection with the Faculty Council meeting or on another occasion determined by the dean, in which the members of the aforementioned bodies have the opportunity to participate.

A demonstration lecture is usually given for positions in which teaching skills and competence are required. The dean may justify the exemption of a candidate from the demonstration lecture at least in situations in which the candidate has previously given an equivalent demonstration, or when the quality of his/her teaching skills and competence can be ensured in some other way, considering the requirements of the position to be filled (e.g. a short-term position or emphasis on non-teaching duties).

The demonstration lecture and the language skills required for awarding the title of docent are evaluated by the dean, potentially after he/she has consulted the Faculty Council.

Language skills (in Finnish, Swedish or another language) are assessed for teaching positions, if necessary, in connection with the demonstration lecture (a versatile demonstration of teaching skills), taking into consideration what is elsewhere stipulated regarding the demonstration of language skills. The dean may also offer the applicant complete exemption from demonstrating his/her language skills, or partial exemption by providing the applicant with the opportunity to evidence his/her language skills in a context other than the demonstration lecture. The exemption can be based on e.g. a corresponding lecture given previously by the applicant, or on a language proficiency certificate presented by the applicant.