Distinguished university teacher

Last changed: 24 May 2024

The 2024/25 application round will be open 2 September to 1 November 2024.

'Distinguished university teacher' is an SLU title awarded as an important part of our quality enhancement activities in teaching and educational development. This title is an opportunity for the university to reward and draw attention to particularly skilled and pedagogically aware teachers.

Those appointed distinguished university teacher will receive a salary increment corresponding to that awarded upon appointment as a docent.

Teachers awarded this title are expected to take an active part in quality enhancement activities for their subject field and the university as a whole.

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Eligibility requirements

Those eligible to be appointed distinguished university teacher are teachers employed at SLU for an indefinite period and belonging to one of the categories specified in Appointment procedures for teachers at SLU, as well as research group leaders.

NB. Instructions for applicants can be found at the bottom of the page.

To be appointed distinguished university teacher at SLU, the applicant needs to demonstrate broad teaching expertise. To be awarded the title of distinguished university teacher, the applicant needs to demonstrate expertise in the five areas described below. In other words, it is possible for a teacher to be highly skilled but still not fulfil all the requirements and criteria to be appointed distinguished university teacher.

Criteria for the award of the title distinguished university teacher:

  • Teaching expertise
  • Scientific and developmental approach
  • Collaboration with colleagues and pedagogical leadership
  • Holistic approach and collaboration within the university and with society
  • Critical grounding in the subject

Application and supporting documents

Applications must be submitted using ReachMee. An application consists of the following sections:

Section A: CV listing the content and scope of teaching experience plus a maximum of two pages on research and other activities; postal address for correspondence with Nex should be clearly stated. Any clarifying and supporting documents should be compiled in section DII.

Section B: Contact details for references; certificate of a completed workshop on teaching and learning in higher education or equivalent, on how to create a teaching portfolio (no certificate needed if the workshop was held at SLU).

Section C: List of training in teaching and learning in higher education, with certified copies of certificates. The scope of each course, converted to the number of weeks, must be indicated.

Section D:

  1. Educational qualifications portfolio, 15 pages max.     
  2. Numbered annexes showing the educational qualifications that the applicant wishes to refer to. Any teaching material the applicant wishes to refer to and which cannot be presented as hardcopies must be electronically available (e.g. a public web page).

Instructions for applicants can be found at the bottom of the page.

The Unit for Educational Development (EPU) offers training on writing a teaching portfolio.

Board for the Appointment of Distinguished University Teachers, Nex

The Board for the Appointment of Distinguished University Teachers arranges at least one application round annually. The board assesses the applications with regard to the applicant’s eligibility and the completeness of the application. Applications that fulfil the criteria for eligibility and completeness are then submitted for expert assessment and the applicant is invited to an interview.

On completion of their assessment, the board will submit proposals to the vice-chancellor for decision. Applicants whose application is rejected will receive a written justification from Nex.

The members of Nex are appointed by the vice-chancellor. The Joint Committee of Student Unions at SLU appoints the student representatives.

How to apply

Procedure for applying for the title of distinguished university teacher.

Apply in ReachMee

Submit your application in ReachMee.


Members of Nex


  • Göran Hartman, chair
  • Ingrid Ljungvall, VH Faculty
  • Gulaim Seisenbaeva, NJ Faculty
  • Anders Dahlberg, S Faculty
  • Johan A. Stenberg, LTV Faculty
  • Ida Segesten, student representative, Sluss


  • Maria Andersson, VH Faculty
  • Per-Anders Langendahl, NJ Faculty
  • Jörg Brunet, S Faculty
  • Frida Andreasson, LTV Faculty