Advice for individuals in the professor’s tenure track system
The universities each have launched their different tenure track systems. Both the number of levels in the tenure track as well as the titles vary from one university to another. The involvement of both external and internal evaluation in various levels has been determined in individual university based instructions. On the recruitment level, the universities may ask external evaluation regarding only those in the shortlist. On tenure, a selection procedure according to the Universities’ Act will be used.
Below you will find some general instructions:
Evaluation criteria: The criteria, through which your progress will be evaluated, should be specified in your job agreement. In some universities, there is a separate attachment regarding the evaluation criteria. The most common sections are research/artistic work, teaching, activity within the academic community, the procurement of research funding and management skills.
Job description: Make sure that you can take care of the tasks through which your evaluation takes place. The universities have prepared some general instructions regarding the direction of worktime throughout the various levels on the professor’s tenure track.
Position/status in the academic community: Find out which personnel group you belong to within the university.
Salary: The collective agreement is the so-called minimum agreement regarding your salary. Your salary according to the collective agreement may be increased, while not decreased, through the employment contract. Individuals in the professor’s tenure track system (not including Aalto University) belong to the universities’ salary system (YPJ). When needed, you may contact the union regarding your salary.
Agreement regarding the immaterial property rights: see the union instructions
Fixed-term employment: Should you be unable to move forward on the tenure track, please contact the union.
Articles and reports
Pietilä Maria (2017): Incentivising academics: experiences and expectations of the tenure track in Finland. Studies in Higher Education.
Välimaa Jussi, Stenvall Jari, Siekkinen Taru, Pekkola Elias, Kivistö Jussi, Kuoppala Kari, Nokkala Terhi, Aittola Helena & Ursin Jai (2016): Neliportaisen tutkijanuramallin arviointihanke. Loppuraportti. OKM:n julkaisuja 2016:15.