The Pedagogical Academy

Karolinska Institutet’s Pedagogical Academy consists of teachers who demonstrate skills above and beyond those seen in ordinary teaching and learning at Karolinska Institutet. Their pedagogical efforts have been recognized as particularly important to promoting high quality education.

The overall aim of the Pedagogical Academy is to promote pedagogical development and commitment to education and training issues by recognizing the teachers who demonstrate excellence in pedagogy. Pedagogical excellence at KI means that teachers function in various ways to ensure that their students’ learning is students' supported. This is shown in a pedagogical portfolio and assessed according to given criteria.

Our members' skills are seen as an important resource for continued pedagogical development at KI.

About the Pedagogical Academy

Being a Member of the Pedagogical Academy is a reward and recognition for excellent achievements in pedagogy at Karolinska Institutet.

Members of the Pedagogical Academy are a network of teachers who have shown interest in teaching and pedagogical development. They have no required commitment, but are a great asset of Karolinska Institutet where they have applied their vast experience in pedagogical development in different ways. Given their experience and expertise Pedagogical Academy members serve as role models for their colleagues with pedagogical interest.

Members serve as role models by:

  • initiating pedagogical discussions
  • supporting professional development of colleagues
  • disseminating of teaching experience and pedagogical knowledge
  • providing pedagogical expertise in the evaluation of educational credentialsatt 

Members of the Pedagogical Academy at Karolinska Institutet have been appointed as exceptional teachers, which means that they have extensive teaching experience in both undergraduate education and other levels of education.

Furthermore, they have demonstrated pedagogical awareness and show how their teaching is based on research and best practices in teaching and learning. They also have demonstrated the ability to communicate with students, colleagues and the surrounding community.

Apply to the Pedagogical Academy

Anyone who holds a teaching position (assistant professors, lecturers, professors), has a doctoral degree, and is actively involved in KI's education programs is welcome to apply to be elected to the Pedagogical Academy.

The application should include a brief CV, a pedagogical portfolio, and a letter of recommendation from the department head (see templates below) and will be evaluated by both internal and external assessors. The announcement and assessment process, as well as the development of the academy's activities, are overseen by the chairman on behalf of the Committee for Higher Education.

The Pedagogical Academy is currently under review, therefore there will be no calls for application in 2024.


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Philip Malmgren

Administrative Officer