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GOF/DANS Professorship

The Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship was created in 1989 to stimulate interest in Finland; to raise awareness of unique and important Finnish contributions in cultural, political, and social spheres; and to establish new networks between scholars in Finland and the United States. GOF/DANS professors work at the University of Minnesota from one to three years and have represented many fields of research across the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Current GOF/DANS Professor

Matti Jutila

Portrait: Matti Jutila

Political Science

Dr. Jutila’s main unifying theme of his research has been nationalism; how it affects contemporary world politics and the construction of political communities. His doctoral research investigated how transnational governance of the rights of national minorities has challenged nationalism externally by circumscribing the sovereignty of nation-states, and internally by challenging the idea of national homogeneity as the foundation of political communities. He has also analyzed securitization and desecuritization of national majority-minority relations, focusing especially on the role of historical narratives and myths in these processes. He serves also as the editor-in-chief of Kosmopolis: Finnish Journal of Peace Research and World Politics (quarterly refereed journal publishing articles in Finnish and Swedish).


Applications - 2015/16 GOF/DANS Visiting Professor

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, academic year appointment as Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professor in Finnish Studies beginning fall semester 2015. This appointment is for academic year 2015/16 (31 August 2015 to 29 May 2016) with the possibility of renewal for one or two additional academic years.

The University of Minnesota is a major research university serving undergraduate and graduate students, and is the only Ph.D. granting institution in the state of Minnesota.  Its main campus is in the large metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship was created in 1989 to stimulate interest in Finland; to raise awareness of unique and important Finnish contributions in cultural, political, and social spheres; and to establish new networks between scholars in Finland and the United States.

The University of Minnesota is currently soliciting applications from Finnish scholars in Art, European Studies, or Psychology.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise that extends and enhances current offerings at the University of Minnesota.

  • Art: We welcome applications from artists/educators whose work is central to the department’s creative and teaching missions (see http://art.umn.edu/). The department is particularly interested in visitors willing to offer special workshops and seminars in the areas of printmaking, painting and drawing, or digital and experimental media.
  • European Studies: We invite applications from candidates in the fields of geography, history, political science, or sociology who take an innovative approach to European Studies, moving away from an approach dominated by siloed national cultures and toward more integrated and interdisciplinary research and curricular models.  The visitor will be housed in the department appropriate to his or her disciplinary training.
  • Psychology: Candidates in the fields of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Behavior Genetics are encouraged to apply. For additional information about the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, see http://www.psych.umn.edu/

Position:  Full-time, nine-month academic year position at the rank of visiting professor, visiting associate professor, or visiting assistant professor, based on the rank held at the home institution.  Scholars from non-academic institutions will be appointed depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with Collegiate and University policy. 

Responsibilities:  CLA faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of research and/or creative activity. The Visiting Professor will teach no more than three courses per academic year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level (including seminars) arranged according to the candidate’s expertise, curricular needs of the department, and in consideration of the mission of the Professorship.  The Visiting Professor will also organize and coordinate scholarly and creative outreach activities; participate in efforts to promote wider interest in Finland; and strengthen ties between Finland, the University, and the arts, business, or political communities in the greater Minnesota region.

Qualifications:  Ph.D. or terminal degree in the relevant discipline; two years university-level teaching or equivalent professional experience; and proficiency in the English language are required.

Appointment:  Initial term of appointment is for academic year 2015/16 (31 August 2015 to 29 May 2016).  Appointment is annually renewable for up to two additional years, subject to performance and availability of funding.  The University is especially interested in receiving applications from candidates willing to teach at Minnesota for two to three years. Salary is competitive, based on qualifications and experience.  Benefits are commensurate with visiting faculty appointment.

Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including publications), a two-page statement of research and teaching interests with an explanation of how these interests will contribute to the development of multidisciplinary Finnish Studies, and names and addresses of three references.  All materials should be sent by e-mail to info@tsv.fi (heading Application, GOFDANS) or to address Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Snellmaninkatu 13, 00170 HELSINKI, Finland.

Please note that all application materials must be submitted in English.  For technical questions about the position, please contact Dr. Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen (lea.ryynanen-karjalainen@tsv.fi) or Ms. Annu Jylhä-Pyykönen [annu.jylha-pyykonen@minedu.fi]. For further substantive information or questions about the position, please contact Dr. Evelyn Davidheiser (edavidh@umn.edu), Assistant Dean for International Programs, College of Liberal Arts & Director, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota.

Application Deadline:  10 October 2014. Applications will be reviewed initially in Finland and interviews will be conducted in Finland by a committee appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and by representatives of the University of Minnesota.  Selection of finalists will be determined by the University of Minnesota by 1 December 2014.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


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Previous Visiting Professors

2009-13: Erkki Huovinen
2009-11: Minna Rainio
Mika Aaltola
Jukka Savolainen
2004-05: Juha Suoranta
2003-05: Pauliina Raento
Spring 2000: Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse
Spring 1999: Marjatta Hietala
Winter 1999: Eero Tarasti
Fall 1998: Hannu Nurmi
Spring 1998: A. William Hoglund
Winter 1998: J. P. Roos
Winter 1998: Max Engman
Fall 1996: Risto Alapuro
Winter 1996: Clas Zilliacus
Fall 1994: Kaarle Nordenstreng
Spring 1994: Elina Haavio-Mannila
Fall 1992: Raimo Väyrynen
Fall 1992: Aulis Aarnio
Spring 1992: Pertti Pesonen

Related Links

Finnish Language
Finns in Minn
Virtual Finland