Tenure Track

Tenure Track

Sustainable support of further generations

Numerous empirical investigations proved the long-existing problem of gaining qualified junior academic staff for Universities of Applied Sciences (HAWs) throughout the Federal Republic of Germany.[i] [ii] The Scientific Council took a clear stand on this issue and published recommendations on how this problem can be solved (The Scientific Council Presentation).

Unlike the universities, which are reporting the constant surplus of applicants, the HAWs complain about ever-increasing shortages of applicants for academic (professor) positions. The HAWs lack a clear tenure track programme, established at universities, which aims strengthening and expanding junior academic staff as well as academic mid-level faculty. Depending on the location and range of subjects, the HAWs are affected by this problem to a different extent.

The Higher Education Act in Saxony allows to recruit academic assistants (AkAs) for everyday university settings (§72 SächsHSFG). The legal and regulatory conditions were created to establish the academic mid-level staff in the areas of education and research, advancing further academic qualifications.  Therefore, the stable foundation has been laid for a systematic strengthening of the junior academic staff. 

The SEM Project is based on this foundation in order to evaluate a system for a long-term presence of academic assistants (AkAs) in the areas of education and research.  Thereby, the following three aims are pursued:

1. The establishment of AkAs improves study conditions and garantees profound and innovative higher education.

2. The qualifications of AkAs in the area of „Research and Development“ support research-, practice- and application-oriented education.

3. Due to systematic junior staff development training and advanced academic qualification, the AkAs would achieve their appointability for professorship within 3-5 years of experience. 

The establishment of AkAs at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences can reduce the existing scarcity of ressources regarding academic mid-level staff and create scope for development. Besides, increasing education quality will be supported by lecturing based on modern university didactics, enabling the AkAs to obtain the Saxony Higher Education Didactics Certificate with the direct connection to an application-oriented research. The AkAs carry out specific independent tasks in the areas of Education and Research, offering comprehensive assistance to professors regarding the entire spectrum of their activities. 

The appropriate form of the academic positions for AkAs depends on resposibility profiles of every individual field of activities. The interdisciplinary tasks of AkAs must include profound knowledge transmission as well as practical skills, acquired by means of scientific methods.

Recommended Reading: Kathrin Franke, Benjamin Engbrocks, Claudia Bade (Hg.): Qualitätspakt Lehre in Sachsen. Ergebnisse und Perspektiven aus der ersten Förderphase.

Tenure Track

Numerous empirical investigations proved the long-existing problem of gaining qualified junior academic staff for Universities of Applied Sciences (HAWs) throughout the Federal Republic of Germany.[i] [ii] The Scientific Council took a clear stand on this issue and published recommendations on how this problem can be solved (The Scientific Council Presentation).

Unlike the universities, which are reporting the constant surplus of applicants, the HAWs complain about ever-increasing shortages of applicants for academic (professor) positions. The HAWs lack a clear tenure track programme, established at universities, which aims strengthening and expanding junior academic staff as well as academic mid-level faculty. Depending on the location and range of subjects, the HAWs are affected by this problem to a different extent.

The Higher Education Act in Saxony allows to recruit academic assistants (AkAs) for everyday university settings (§72 SächsHSFG). The legal and regulatory conditions were created to establish the academic mid-level staff in the areas of education and research, advancing further academic qualifications.  Therefore, the stable foundation has been laid for a systematic strengthening of the junior academic staff. 

The SEM Project is based on this foundation in order to evaluate a system for a long-term presence of academic assistants (AkAs) in the areas of education and research.  Thereby, the following three aims are pursued:

1. The establishment of AkAs improves study conditions and garantees profound and innovative higher education.

2. The qualifications of AkAs in the area of „Research and Development“ support research-, practice- and application-oriented education.

3. Due to systematic junior staff development training and advanced academic qualification, the AkAs would achieve their appointability for professorship within 3-5 years of experience. 

 

The establishment of AkAs at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences can reduce the existing scarcity of ressources regarding academic mid-level staff and create scope for development. Besides, increasing education quality will be supported by lecturing based on modern university didactics, enabling the AkAs to obtain the Saxony Higher Education Didactics Certificate with the direct connection to an application-oriented research. The AkAs carry out specific independent tasks in the areas of Education and Research, offering comprehensive assistance to professors regarding the entire spectrum of their activities. 

The appropriate form of the academic positions for AkAs depends on resposibility profiles of every individual field of activities. The interdisciplinary tasks of AkAs must include profound knowledge transmission as well as practical skills, acquired by means of scientific methods.


[i] Brucksch, M. (2015): Professorensuche 2015. Auswertung und Darstellung der Erhebungsdaten einer Befragung von Hochschulen; DHI Deutsches Hochschul-Institut; Köln.

[ii] VDMA (2016): Berufungsverfahren in den Ingenieurwissenschaften Ergebnisse einer Tendenzbefragung;Frankfurt.