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Guidance memo concerning promotion of professors at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, UiO

Approved by the Dean 23.8.2018, last updated 5.9.2018

UiO’s rules for promotion of professors and the rules that describe the qualifications for professor specify the minimum requirements for becoming a professor.  This is a framework for assessing professorial competence. The faculties can specify further specified criteria as a basis for assessment relating to position or promotion, see promotion scheme ( (Norwegian). The Faculty of Educational Sciences’ criteria for promotion are based on the criteria for social science subjects ( (pdf).

In this memo we clarify the criteria and divide them into four main sections: Publications, pedagogical qualifications (education and teaching), research leadership, academic dissemination and innovation (described at UiO as knowledge in use and innovation).



Up to 15 academic works may be submitted. The works shall consist of academic articles in journals or chapters of books in anthologies with a high academic status. The doctoral dissertation is  part of the application. The works included in the application should correspond to approximately 3 doctoral degrees. This would normally constitute at least 10-12 academic articles or 3 books where the applicant is the primary author. For articles the applicant should be the primary author of at least 7 of the submitted works and have made important contributions as co-author in the works where the applicant is not the primary author. In the event of more extensive co-authorship, the requirement to the number of publications may be raised.  


Important emphasis shall be placed on the fact that the publications are important contributions to the relevant research fields in which the applicant seeks promotion. The works must include research issues that contribute to further development of the research field at a high international level.

 At least half of the submitted articles should be published in level 2 journals or journals otherwise recognised as important international academic publications (defined by impact factor or further specified criteria).

The rest of the articles must also be high-quality contributions. If the committee is in doubt about the volume of works, but believes that the applicant has demonstrated a very high level, professor competence should be awarded.

In knowledge fields where there are few level 2 or level 1 journals, the applicant must justify the application themselves based on the characteristics of the knowledge fields within which promotion is sought.


The publications must show that the applicant is qualified to teach at a very high level within a field or discipline. Other fields must be mastered at a level that qualifies the applicant to teach within a master’s programme or courses within several master’s programmes.

Independence and collaboration

The applicant must demonstrate through his/her publications that he/she can carry out all parts of a research project. This can be documented in the form of order of authorship and through declarations from coauthors. The extent to which the applicant has experience from project collaboration with national and international research partners shall also be emphasised. This entails leadership and/or participation in research projects with external financing (nationally the Research Council of Norway and internationally).  

Time of publication

The publications must show that the applicant has been able to contribute to the forefront of research at the time of publication. Several of the submitted publications must have been published over the course of the past five to seven years.


It shall be emphasised that the applicant is active and contributes within the academic community of which he/she is part.  This may be in the form of citations in good-quality journals (levels 2 and 1), keynote at relevant conferences, member of the editorial board of respected journals.


The criteria are to be interpreted so that it is academic quality that provides the basis for professor competence. Quality can compensate for quantity where relevant.

Documentation requirements

Applications must follow the specified criteria and specify numerical information where relevant (e.g. impact factor). Each individual work shall be described with a maximum of 5-7 sentences. It is possible to deviate from this rule, such as when describing books. Justification for such a documentation practice must then be given.

The applicant must meet the criteria within academic publication to be considered as a professor.

Pedagogical qualifications (education and teaching)

The following requirements apply at the Faculty of Educational Sciences:  

  • Completed formal education in university teaching equivalent to 150 periods
  • Participated in other relevant courses with similar scope

This requirement can be compensated by other forms of development work.  

The following tasks should be documented in the application if the applicant has been involved in this type of work:  

  • Participated and/or headed work on the development of courses.
  • Participated and/or headed work on the development of programmes of study.

Courses and programmes must be accompanied by documentation of roles and results achieved in the form of curricula, formulation of goals, students’ learning and, if applicable, examination results.  

These tasks must be documented:  

  • Completed evaluation of own teaching using various evaluation methods and documentation thereof (instrument and result).  
  • Academic supervision of students at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. If applicable at the PhD level, but this is not a requirement given decisive weight.

Dissemination and innovation

It is desirable that the applicant has demonstrated that he/she can reach relevant target groups using different genres and mediums.

Innovation is becoming increasingly key at UiO and the Faculty of Educational Sciences. This can be done in a variety of ways in which one contributes to the improvement of practices and the development of policy design at different levels (e.g. committee work or directly in development projects).

Research management

An emphasis shall be placed on whether the applicant has experience with research management of projects or initiatives (programmes or similar). This includes national and international experience with applications for external funding. Management entails academic planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and organisation and financial management of projects. Management can involve heading entire projects or sub-projects within larger projects.

Management of projects also entails external operations where collaboration is established with, e.g., national authorities, educational institutions, school owners or schools for long-term research and innovation work.

Interpretation of refined guidelines

Quality and volume of academic publications are the key criteria for achieving professorial competence (in the event of application or promotion). The applicant will not be awarded competence if he/she does not satisfy this criterion. At the same time, it is expected in the vent of promotion that applicants have also developed qualifications within most or all criteria specified herein. Applicants will not be awarded professor competence solely on the basis of publishing. Other criteria must also be met, but the degree of breadth and quality of the competence could vary more here.

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