Frequently Asked Questions

For applicants:

Are there any pedagogical requirements when applying for a position at UiT?

All academic employees at UiT are required to have a minimum of pedagogical qualifications (equivalent to basic pedagogical competence). The criteria are the same for all academic positions.

How do I document my pedagogical competence?

At UiT this is documented through a teaching portfolio. In 2008 UiT passed a resolution to adopt teaching portfolios as the basis for approval of pedagogical competence for research and teaching positions.

What are the criteria for basic pedagogical competence?

The criteria may be found in section 4.5 in “Utfyllende bestemmelser for ansettelse og opprykk ved UiT”. UiT requires all applicants for academic positions and tenure to document their pedagogical competence by submitting a teaching portfolio. If approved by the hiring or tenure committee, you have fulfilled the criteria for basic pedagogical competence.

What if I do not fulfil the criteria?

Applicants who do not fulfil the criteria are employed on probation. This means that you have to complete the Programme for Pedagogical Competence and have your teaching portfolio approved within your three-year probation period.

Where do I go for help and support with developing my teaching portfolio?

For help and support with developing my teaching portfolio, see the online resources here.

It is also a good idea to seek advice and support within your own academic community from individuals who have had their teaching portfolio approved.

If you have five or more years of teaching experience, you can apply for a place on the teaching portfolio seminar series.

Finally, for help and support we would advise you to collaborate with peers who are also in the process of developing a teaching portfolio.

Educational Promotion:

Which appointment grades are eligible for educational promotion?

In order to apply for educational promotion you must be employed as: professor, docent, or associate professor (førsteamanuensis or førstelektor). Pedagogical competence and merits should be relevant to the individual applicant’s appointment grade, both in terms of teaching and contributions to development and innovation. In the application, level of educational promotion should be argued based on tasks associated with the appointment grade.

I am required to have completed any teaching courses to apply for educational promotion?
No, this is not a requirement. However you do have to develop a teaching portfolio. For those who do not have the formal pedagogical basic competence for teaching in higher education, the documentation must fulfil the requirements in section 4.5 of the “Utfyllende bestemmelser for ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger ved Universitetet i Tromsø-Norges arktiske universitet (UiT)”.

Many applications will find support in the various individual courses that offered at Result or elsewhere at UiT.

Can I use the portfolio is submitted for the Programme for Basic Pedagogical Competence?

Pedagogical competence is current, and you are expected to update and develop your portfolio….Teksten på nettsiden svarer ikke på spørsmålet! (“Søkere skal dokumentere utvikling som underviser og utdanner, derfor bør den pedagogiske mappen være helt oppdatert. Kriteriene etterspør utvikling i forhold til undervisning og utdanning”)

Can I use the portfolio is submitted for the Teacher Training (praktisk pedagogisk utdanning/PPU) exam?

No. This education is aimed at secondary level (K-12) teaching, the Educational Promotion relates to tertiary level teaching (higher education).

Hva kan være vedlegg i en pedagogisk mappe?

Vedlegg kan for eksempel være:

  • En eller flere rapporter om evaluering av undervisning. I hovedteksten vil du skrive om denne rapporten, ville lærdommer du/dere kunne trekke av den, hvilke konsekvenser den har fått for videreutvikling av aktuelt emne, kurs osv. En slik rapport skal bare være vedlegg om du har skrevet om den i selve mappeteksten.
  • Konferansebidrag eller andre publikasjoner om undervisning og læring. I hovedteksten vil du skrive om det som gikk foran, et konkret prosjekt som ga materiale til en publisering.
  • Kursbevis
  • En pedagogisk CV
When can I apply for Educational Promotion?

You need at least five years of experience of teaching in higher education.

What are the evaluation criteria?
Applicants must be able to document having developed as a teachers beyond the level of basic pedagogical competence. See also section 4.5 of the “Utfyllende bestemmelser for ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger ved Universitetet i Tromsø-Norges arktiske universitet (UiT)”. Competence should be documented through a teaching portfolio and evaluated from the perspectives of:

  • The applicant’s work with students
  • The applicant’s description of and reflection over own teaching
  • The applicant’s contribution to the development of teaching on relevant courses/departments

Programme for Basic Pedagogical Competence:

What is the estimated course workload?

The Programme for Basic Pedagogical Competence extends over two semesters with a workload of approximately 150 hours.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

All participants who have their teaching portfolios approved will receive a certificate. In order to have the portfolio approved you must complete all programme modules, as well as a specialisation project. The approval letter will be sent to your department.

Do I get a reduction in teaching duties when enrolled on the Programme for Basic Pedagogical Competence?

It is up to the individual departments to decide whether it is possible to request a period of modified teaching duties.

Can the portfolio be submitted as a file or print-out?

No. The portfolio must be submitted as a website.

Compulsory courses - can I be away on course days?

Attending is compulsory.

Non-attendance - what do I do in the event of illness?

Contact Result. I most cases we can come to an arrangement.

Can I participate via Skype?

Physical attendance is required on course days. You can follow seminars via Skype, but this has to be approved by the relevant teacher(s) in advance.

Do you cover travel expenses?

Travel expenses must be covered by your employer.

Are there any language requirements?

The course is in Norwegian; however, some of the literature is in English. Your teaching portfolio may be written in English.

What is the extent of the specialization project?

The project workload is estimated to approximately 20 hours.

Where are the courses held?

Unless otherwise stated, the courses are held in Breivika (at Siva or one of the Non-Experimental Science Buildings).

Is there catering on the course days?

Lunch is served on the full-day courses. Notify Results of any special dietary requirements.