One of the world’s most prestigious universities is preparing to hire a new professor. No big deal, happens all the time, right? Erm, no. Because if everything goes according to plan, the University of Cambridge will be seeking applications for a Professor of Lego. That’s right. We’ll let that sink in.
Now for all of you who dreamed of playing with Lego when you grew up, here’s what you need to know about what the job entails and, more importantly, what Cambridge is looking for in its ideal candidate.
A report in the British school’s journal of record reveals that Cambridge officials are currently seeking someone to head up its brand new Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDaL). The centre, which will be part of the university’s Faculty of Education, is being created “to advance research in the role of play in education, development, and learning, especially in early childhood.”
Blah, blah, blah. Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty. How does Lego “fit” (sorry) into all this? To be perfectly honest, we’re not sure. The intention is to establish the professorship effective October 1, 2015, so that’s when we’ll get specifics.
The teaching position is in an already existing cross-disciplinary study area between education and psychology, so the lucky hire will head up the dedicated research centre. As far as we can tell, for now, Lego is providing funding and receiving branding in return.
The position is more about playing than what the applicants would be playing with since to even be considered, prospects must already be working “within the general field” of education, learning and development. But the report does refer to the position as “Lego professor,” so we’re holding out hope that the Danish toy company has more to do with it than just sponsoring a study.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to purchase as many Lego sets as we can afford.