Professorship procedures at MU
The professor appointment procedure at MU is implemented in accordance with sections 73 and 74 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").
Professor appointment procedure initiation
The professor appointment procedure begins with:
- the submission of a proposal to the faculty scientific board (fields of study implemented by a faculty); the proposal must include no less than two letters of recommendation from professors in identical or similar fields and must be submitted to the dean (i.e. the chairperson of the faculty scientific board) via a faculty unit tasked with the administration of habilitation and professor appointment procedures; or
- the submission of a proposal by the dean to the faculty scientific board; or
- independent incentive on the part of the faculty scientific board.
Professor appointment procedure initiation requirements
A written proposal for initiating a professor appointment procedure submitted by the applicant must be structured according to the template included in Annex 2 of the Directive.
The proposal for initiating a procedure must include the following materials documenting the applicant’s scholarly or artistic qualifications:
- Two letters of recommendation from professors in identical or similar fields in the case of a proposal submitted in accordance with section 11, subsection 1, letter a),
- Structured CV (see section 12, subsection 2, letter b) of the Directive, preferably structured in accordance with Annex 3 or in accordance with CVs found in the MU Information System),
- Materials documenting scholarly or artistic work and results achieved (see section 12, subsection 2, letter c) 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 12, subsection 2, letter d) 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 12, subsection 2, letter e) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 4),
- List of scholarly or artistic works (see section 12, subsection 2, letter f) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 5),
- List of responses to works listed under scholarly or artistic works or under pedagogical works (see section 12, subsection 2, letter g) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 6),
- Summary of the applicant’s scholarly or artistic works and summary of responses to such works (see table in section 12 subsection 2, letter h) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 7).
- List of scholarly or artistic placements (see section 12, subsection 2, letter i) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 8),
- Other materials documenting scholarly or artistic qualifications (see section 12, subsection 2, letter j) of the Directive, i.e. Annex 9),
Professor appointment procedure
The course of the professor appointment procedure and evaluation board appointments are governed by the provisions of section 74 of the Higher Education Act.
Unless the procedure is prematurely terminated due to formal deficiencies found in the submitted proposal (see section 11, subsection 3 of the Directive), the dean presents the proposal to the faculty scientific board along with a request for the establishment of an evaluation board composed of five members (three of whom at least are experts associated with an institution other than MU).
The professor appointment procedure includes a public lecture given by the applicant. The lecture topic is selected by the evaluation board out of three options proposed by the applicant. Three or more designated evaluation board members must attend and assess the lecture, subsequently issuing a written evaluation.
The evaluation board assesses the scholarly or artistic qualifications of the applicant in the relevant field, his/her previous pedagogical experience and his/her role as a respected and recognized scholarly or artistic figure, referring to materials submitted by the applicant, the letters of recommendation obtained from professors in identical or similar fields and the written assessment of the public lecture. The evaluation board subsequently votes by secret ballot on whether or not the applicant should be nominated for appointment to Professor.
A nomination for appointment to Professor is presented to the relevant scientific board by the evaluation 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 evaluation board members, the evaluation board chairperson or board member authorized by the chairperson presents the relevant scientific board with a proposal for the termination of the procedure.
An applicant recommended for appointment is invited to give a lecture at one of its public sessions (see section 74, subsection 5 of the Higher Education Act). The applicant shall select a lecture topic so as to ensure that it covers the characteristics of the field in question, the applicant’s own results and achievements, his/her own concept of scholarly or artistic activity and his/her own concept of teaching in the field.
In accordance with section 12, subsection 2, letters b) to j) 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 Professor follows designated rules of procedure or rules adopted by the relevant scientific board; evaluation 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 Professor.
The subsequent procedure is governed by the provisions of section 74, subsections 6 to 9 of the Higher Education Act. The following applies to MU Scientific Board sessions in matters associated with a professor appointment procedure: key information regarding the applicant and evaluation board sessions is transmitted to the MU Scientific Board by the evaluation board chairperson or a board member authorized to do so by the chairperson. Although no lecture topic is assigned in advance, the applicant's public lecture must include his/her own concept of scholarly or artistic activity and his/her own concept of teaching in the field.
Professor appointment procedure fees
No appointment procedure fees are imposed by Masaryk University. Nevertheless, some faculties may require an administrative fee associated with appointment procedure costs. Please contact the faculty in question for further information.
Note: Professor appointment 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 professorship procedures
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