Assistant professor programme
Objective of the programme
The objective of the assistant professor programme is to contribute to the competence development of the assistant professor, enabling him/her to handle the task as lecturer and head of teaching in his/her future career as associate professor/professor at CBS and other universities. The development of the assistant professor's teaching competence cannot solely be viewed as a benefit of a programme. This competence development is very much based on the teaching practice of the assistant professors, for which reason it is the primary objective of the assistant professor programme to promote and challenge this teaching practice.
Requirements are imposed on the teaching competences of the assistant professors in the following areas:
- Teaching techniques
- Teaching planning and management skills
- Understanding of coherence between didactic elements and the special challenges that research-based teaching and learning poses to lecturers, students and administration.
Completion of the assistant professor programme
In order to complete the assistant professor programme, the assistant professor must teach, participate in courses, complete a supervision and guidance course, write two papers and obtain a positive evaluation of his/her teaching competences.
The first paper must include an analysis of a teaching course completed by the assistant professor. Suggestions for future changes of the teaching course may be based on the analysis. Typically, it will be a didactic analysis in which the assistant professor explains connections between objectives, contents, participants, teaching forms, etc.
The second paper is somewhat similar to a portfolio paper. The assistant professor must explain his/her own development process as a lecturer, for instance by considering the following:
- What have I learned from teaching?
- What have I learned from the teaching evaluations?
- What have I learned from attending courses, receiving supervision and guidance?
- Have I changed practice in consequence of the programme and how?
Observation of the assistant professor's teaching
Through the assistant professor programme, the assistant professor will have two resource persons at his/her disposal: A pedagogy supervisor and a course-didactic supervisor, who will also be assessing the assistant professor's teaching competences.
Even if the general perspective of both supervisors is the assistant professor's development as a lecturer, the tasks and focal points of the resource people differ significantly. Both supervisors need documentation of the teaching competences of the assistant professor, which is why both supervisors must observe the teaching of the assistant professor.
The pedagogy supervisor must observe the assistant professor's teaching at least three times. The course-didactic supervisor will make an agreement with the assistant professor on the amount of time spent on observation and feedback, and time spent on discussing the assistant professor's teaching, planning, and types of teaching tasks to assume.
When observing the assistant professor's teaching, the pedagogy supervisor's overall focus must be on the assistant professor's activities in relation to the students' learning process. The course-didactic supervisor's focal point is the relation between the academic contents, objectives, teaching form and programme level.
The director of the assistant professor programme will assign the assistant professor a pedagogy supervisor. In consultation with his/her head of department, the assistant professor will choose his/her course-didactic supervisor from his/her department.
The assistant professor programme includes the following mandatory courses:
- A basic overnight course
- A course in thesis supervision
- A course in exam holding
The assistant professor must also participate in other university pedagogical courses corresponding to four days' duration.
Assessment of the assistant professor
Both supervisors will assess the teaching competences of the assistant professor by means of a competence statement written in English. The assessment will be both qualitative and quantitative, the latter tiered according to the following levels: ”extraordinary competent”, ”very competent”, ”competent” and ”not competent”.
The assessment will be based on the following points:
- Both supervisors' observations of the assistant professor's teaching
- The tasks of the assistant professor
- Pedagogical CV
- Student evaluations
- Other types of teaching evaluation, if any.
- Teaching management and the assistant professors possible production of teaching material.
Who can participate in the assistant professor programme?
The assistant professor programme is open to all assistant professors and Postdocs at CBS as well as associate professors and professors without a university pedagogical education. Participation in this programme requires at least 500 hours of teaching during the course. The programme is available to employees from other universities if an agreement between the university in question and CBS Academic Development exists.
The prescribed number of working hours of CBS' assistant professor programme is 175. These hours will be taken from the assistant professor's teaching obligations.
Registration for the assistant professor programme
You can register for the assistant professor programme in various ways:
- HR Services will notify the CBS Teaching and Learning of your employment
- your head of department will notify the CBS Teaching and Learning
- you register for one of our courses yourself or
- you contact the secretariat of CBS Teaching and Learning yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org
The courses are free for assistant professors and lecturers at CBS. The price for other participants varies depending on the type and extent of the course. The price for other participants appears from the description of the individual course. Prices are ex. VAT.
A course diploma will be issued after completion of the course.