Habilitation procedures at MU
The habilitation procedure at MU is implemented in accordance with sections 71 and 72 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on the Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (Higher Education Act), and in compliance with Directive No. 1/2016 on Habilitation Procedures and Professor Appointment Procedures (hereinafter referred to as "Directive").
Habilitation procedure initiation
The habilitation procedure begins with the submission of a proposal to a dean (fields of study implemented by a faculty) or to the Rector (fields of study implemented by MU). The proposal must be submitted to a faculty or MU office tasked with the administration of habilitation and professor appointment procedures.
Habilitation procedure initiation requirements
A written proposal for initiating a habilitation procedure submitted by the applicant must be structured according to the template included in Annext 1 of the Directive.
The proposal for initiating a procedure must include the following materials documenting the applicant’s scholarly or artistic qualifications:
- Structured CV (see section 5, subsection 2, letter a) of the Directive, preferably structured in accordance with CVs found in the MU Information System or in accordance with Annex 3),
- Materials documenting scholarly or artistic work and results achieved (see section 5, subsection 2, letter b) of the Directive; to be submitted only following a request made by a relevant scientific board or of the applicant’s own free will),
- Certified copies of materials documenting higher education and academic degrees obtained by the applicant (see section 5, subsection 2, letter c) of the Directive; a certified copy may constitute either a notarized copy or a copy certified by a registry office or a statement issued by an authorized employee of the office tasked with the administration of habilitation and professor appointment procedures, attesting to the fact that the copy corresponds to the original document),
- Materials documenting pedagogical experience (see section 5, subsection 2, letter d) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 4),
- List of scholarly or artistic works (see section 5, subsection 2, letter e) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 5),
- List of responses to works listed under scholarly or artistic works or under pedagogical works (see section 5, subsection 2, letter f) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 6),
- Summary of the applicant’s scholarly or artistic works and summary of responses to such works (see section 5, subsection 2, letter g) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 7),
- List of scholarly or artistic placements (see section 5, subsection 2, letter h) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 8),
- Other materials documenting scholarly or artistic qualifications (see section 5, subsection 2, letter i) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 9),
- Habilitation thesis submitted in accordance with section 4, subsection 2, letter j) of the Directive (in four copies and in electronic version in accordance with items i) and ii); in four copies in accordance with item iii), with the publication citation as well as an attached abstract or commentary submitted in electronic version; in the case of habilitation theses submitted in accordance with item iv), the applicant is required to provide information identifying the work or performance).
The course of the habilitation procedure as well as habilitation board and reviewer appointments are governed by the provisions of section 72 of the Higher Education Act.
Unless the habilitation procedure is prematurely terminated due to formal deficiencies found in the submitted proposal (see section 4, subsection 3 of the Directive), the dean presents the proposal to the faculty scientific board along with a request for the establishment of a habilitation board composed of five members (three of whom at least are experts associated with an institution other than MU).
The habilitation board appoints three habilitation thesis reviewers (two of whom at least are associated with an institution other than MU) tasked with the preparation of written reports assessing the scholarly qualities of the submitted habilitation thesis. The applicant is entitled to access the reports at least two weeks prior to a public session of the scientific board at which he/she is to defend the thesis.
The habilitation procedure includes a public lecture given by the applicant. The lecture topic is selected by the habilitation board out of three options proposed by the applicant. Three or more designated habilitation board members must attend and assess the lecture, subsequently issuing a written evaluation.
The habilitation board evaluates the scholarly or artistic qualifications of the applicant in the relevant field, his/her previous pedagogical experience and the quality of the habilitation thesis, referring to materials submitted by the applicant, reports supplied by the reviewers and evaluation reports of the applicant’s public lecture. The habilitation board subsequently votes by secret ballot on whether or not the applicant should be nominated for appointment to Associate Professor.
A nomination for appointment to Associate Professor is presented to the relevant scientific board by the habilitation board chairperson or board member authorized to do so by the chairperson. In case the nomination fails to receive a simple majority of the votes of all habilitation board members, the habilitation board chairperson or board member authorized by the chairperson presents the relevant scientific board with a proposal for the termination of the habilitation procedure.
An applicant’s habilitation lecture and habilitation thesis defence (see section 72, subsection 9 of the Higher Education Act) take place at a public session of the scientific board. The applicant will be provided with an opportunity to defend his/her habilitation thesis, react to evaluation reports and comment on his/her previous scholarly or artistic and pedagogical achievements. The applicant shall select a habilitation lecture topic so as to ensure that it covers both the characteristics of the field in question and the applicant’s own results and achievements.
In accordance with section 5, subsection 2, letters a) to i) of the Directive, the applicant may supplement the proposal with updated materials documenting his/her scholarly or artistic qualifications, albeit no later than five working days prior to the date scheduled for the faculty scientific board session.
The course of the scientific board session on the nomination for appointment to Associate Professor follows designated rules of procedure or rules adopted by the relevant scientific board; habilitation board members and reviewers may attend all closed sessions. At the end of the session, the scientific board decides by a simple majority of the votes of all members on whether or not the applicant is to be appointed Associate Professor. The subsequent procedure is governed by the provisions of section 72, subsections 10 to 14 of the Higher Education Act.
Habilitation procedure fees
No habilitation procedure fees are imposed by Masaryk University. Nevertheless, some faculties may require an administrative fee associated with habilitation procedure costs. Please contact the faculty in question for further information.
Habilitation procedures initiated prior to 31 March 2016 are governed by Rector’s Directive No. 3/2014 on Habilitation Procedures and Professor Appointment Procedures at MU.
- List of fields of study at MU accredited for the implementation of habilitation
- Information on habilitation procedures at MU