Associate Professorship, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Associate Professorship, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a relatively new field in Norway. Oslo and Akershus

University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is extending its current EAP capability with one associate professorship.

The EAP unit is organized within HiOA’s Learning Centre and Library.  Our main role is to support the current institutional strategy of promoting, enabling and expanding the international research activity of its staff, as well as functioning as a unit of expertise in multilingual teaching and learning in higher education.  Additionally, we are responsible for carrying out research related to our activities.   The EAP unit is currently involved in developing a Unit for Academic Language and Practice in collaboration with HiOA’s Learning Support Unit and the Diversity in Pedagogical Practices Unit. 

Tasks and responsibilities

The new staff member will have responsibility for developing the EAP teaching and research portfolio in the fields of written and/or spoken academic English. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in English for Research Purposes and/or English for Teaching Purposes. We also expect the new staff member to be interested in carrying out research related to the use of English in in higher education and research in Norway and/or internationally.

Tasks include:

  • teaching faculty and teaching at doctoral, postgraduate, MA and some undergraduate levels in topics related to written and oral communication in English in academic contexts
  • developing and holding workshops and seminars for academic staff in our own and other institutions of higher education
  • contributing to the development of the unit’s portfolio within CLIL and EMI
  • carrying out research related to the use of English in higher education and research in Norway and internationally
  • contributing actively to the development of the Unit for Academic Language and Practice

Read more about the EAP unit

For more information about the Learning Centre and Library


Applicants must have:

  • PhD in linguistics, applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, education or a similar EAP-related subject
  • Advanced EAP teaching expertise in higher education and research settings
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills and a willingness to learn Norwegian if not a speaker of a Scandinavian language

Applicants should have:

  • Expertise and experience in working with faculty and students from varied linguistic, cultural, educational and professional backgrounds
  • EAP teaching experience across a range of disciplines
  • Experience in project management and strategic development
  • Flexibility, excellent collaborative skills and the ability to communicate across disciplines
  • An interest in digital teaching and learning in higher education and innovative curriculum development
  • The ability to work independently and to be self-driven
  • Cultural curiosity and sensitivity

General criteria for appointment of a position as associate professor are stipulated in Section 1-2 of the Regulations relating to Appointment and Promotion to Teaching and Research Positions (Forskrift om ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger). See details in Norwegian as well as the guide to academic appointments in Norway.

Candidates who have no relevant qualifications in pedagogy at the time of appointment must commit themselves to complete a relevant course of study for teaching at university-level, such as HiOA’s programme for basic pedagogical competence (15 ECTS credits) within two years.

In addition to interview, a trial teaching session will be a part of the application process.

We offer

  • a dynamic working environment with dedicated professionals
  • an inspirational educational and research environment with opportunities for professional development
  • good loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements
  • relocation support offered if relocating from another country 
  • Norwegian Language classes offered if necessary


Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, 1011 Associate professor, wage scale equivalent to 57 – 70 (NOK 482 800 – 613 500). Higher salary may be considered for specially qualified candidates. We make use of an electronic recruitment system.

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact:

  • Director of Learning Centre and Library Lars Egeland Phone: +47 67 23 51 10 or +47 901 94 838. E-mail:
  • Associate Professor, Kristin Solli, Phone: + 47 47607121. E-mail:

Evaluation committee

Applicants will be assessed by an expert evaluation committee. Applicants must upload the following documentation:

  • the application, your CV, diplomas and references
  • a complete list of scholarly work
  • up to 10 examples of scholarly work

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. HiOA is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.

If you want to apply for the position, please register your application and CV by clicking on the button «Apply here».


Final date of application:             January 7th, 2018

Ref. no:                                      17/01901

Søknadsfrist: 07.01.2018

Arbeidssted: Pilestredet 48

Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

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