A new dean is to strengthen research and education at the Faculty of Humanities – University of Copenhagen

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26 March 2018

A new dean is to strengthen research and education at the Faculty of Humanities

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Jesper Kallestrup will be the new dean at the Faculty of Humanities. He comes from a position as professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen will have a new dean from 1 August 2018. A unanimous nomination committee headed by the Rector has agreed that Jesper Kallestrup is the right person to further develop the University’s education and research within the field of humanities.

Jesper Kallestrup. Photo: Private photo

"It’s with great pleasure that we have appointed Professor Jesper Kallestrup as the new dean at the Faculty of Humanities. He is taking on an extremely important and demanding task. I’m convinced that given his impressive academic career, international management experience as well as the University's new strategy, he is the very person to lead and strengthen the Humanities. This goes for both education and research," says Rector Henrik C. Wegener.

Jesper Kallestrup will be employed as dean for a five-year period. Reporting to the Rector, he will be responsible for the faculty's development and will take part in the overall management and development of the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty of Humanities has 11,000 students and 1,200 employees distributed across seven departments offering 40 bachelor’s programmes, 51 master's degree programmes and five professional master's programmes.

In the period until 1 August 2018 Associate Dean Jens Erik Mogensen is appointed acting dean.

Leadership experience

The new dean has been employed at the University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences since 2005. During that period, Kallestrup has had various leadership positions, among other things Head of School, and has thus been responsible for one of the world's leading philosophy departments.  Significant contributions in these positions have been efforts to increase student satisfaction, recruitment of international research talent as well as digitalisation of degree programmes, which has put the university and the UK in front as regards e-learning in philosophy.

Kallestrup is an affiliate professor of philosophy at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. He holds an MA in Philosophy from Aarhus University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of St. Andrews.

Jesper Kallestrup's employments
2015-2016: Head of School in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
2015-2019: Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.
2013-2014: Postgraduate Director in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
2013-: Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
2011-2013: Head of Department, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
2011-2013: Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University.
2010-2013: Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
2005-2010: Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
2004-2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University.
2002-2004: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen.
2001-2002: Teaching Fellow, Department of Logic & Metaphysics, University of St. Andrews