Applying for the Title of Docent

In accordance with Section 89 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university may, upon application, award the title of docent to individuals who have a comprehensive knowledge of their field, a capacity for independent research or artistic work demonstrated through publications or some other manner, and good teaching skills.

Before applying for the title of docent, the applicant must contact the Dean of the Faculty with whom the docentship will be served. There can be preliminary background discussions with the professor of the subject.

Criteria for receiving the title of docent:

  • doctoral degree
  • in-depth expertise in the candidate’s field
  • ability to pursue independent scholarly or artistic activity as demonstrated through publications or otherwise
  • generally notable scientific or artistic output after completing a doctoral degree (candidates for the title of docent are recommended not to apply for the title too early in their career)
  • good teaching skills;
  • other field-specific criteria;
  • for a justified reason, the title of docent may be awarded to a person employed by Tampere University.

Application procedure:

  • To apply for the title of docent, please prepare an informal application that clearly indicates the field of your proposed docentship. 
  • Enclose your application with the following documents:
    • CV (prepared according to guidelines issued by the Finnish Advisory Board for Research Integrity TENK)
    • Copy of your doctoral degree certificate or, if you have a degree in clinical medicine, certificate for the completion of specialist training
    • List of publications (prepared according to guidelines issued by the Academy of Finland)
  • A brief written statement describing your most important postdoctoral activities and achievements as they relate to the proposed docentship and your ability to pursue independent scholarly/artistic activity.
  • A teaching portfolio prepared according to guidelines issued by Tampere University
  • Please send your application to the head of administration/faculty manager of the relevant faculty at Tampere University.

Awarding of the title of docent:

  • Applications for the title of docent are reviewed by a committee tasked with managing the process of appointing docents or the management group of the relevant faculty.
  • The committee/management group will request a professor, who represents the field of the proposed docentship, to provide a statement describing how the docentship is expected to promote and support research and education in the field. In the statement, the professor may nominate two impartial experts to review the candidate’s qualifications to become a docent.
  • If the committee/management group considers the docentship to be necessary and consistent with the activities of the faculty at Tampere University, the faculty will request a statement of the candidate’s scientific or artistic qualifications from at least two internationally renowned experts.
  • A person applying for the title of docent may oppose the appointment of an expert that he or she feels has a conflict of interest that could prevent an impartial review (Finnish Administrative Procedure Act 434/2003).
  • The teaching and instructional skills of a person applying for the title of docent will be evaluated.
  • The committee/management group will review the application documents and expert statements to determine whether the candidate possesses the required scientific or artistic qualifications and teaching skills. The committee/management group will submit a proposal to the Dean regarding the award of the title of docent.
  • The Dean will prepare a proposal for consideration by the Provost.
  • The title of docent is awarded by the President upon the recommendation of the Provost.
  • The relevant Faculty Council will be notified of the new docentship.

In addition, the faculties may have their own criteria concerning the number of appended publications and the required degree.

When applying for the title of docent, please direct all inquiries regarding the application process to the faculty manager/head of administration of the faculty that represents your area of expertise:

Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences (ITC):
Head of Administration Kirsi Aalto
Tel. 0401901658
Email: kirsi.aalto@tuni.fi

Faculty of Management and Business (MAB):
Head of Administration Sari Saastamoinen
Tel: 0401901479
Email: sari.saastamoinen@tuni.fi

Faculty of Education and Culture (EDU):
Head of Administration Taina Sylvander
Tel. 0504336261
Email: taina.sylvander@tuni.fi

Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET):
Head of Administration Niina Puronurmi
Tel. 0503497036
Email: niina.puronurmi@tuni.fi

Faculty of Built Environment (BEN):
Faculty Manager Pirjo Kuhanen
Tel. 0408490800
Email: pirjo.kuhanen@tuni.fi

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS):
Faculty Manager Jussi Pentti
Tel. 0401981721
Email: jussi.pentti@tuni.fi

Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC):
Head of Administration Paula Järvenpää
Tel. 0401901390
Email: paula.jarvenpaa@tuni.fi