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Education and degrees awarded

PhD, 12/2009, Oulu University, Nordic Philology, 18.12.2009

MA, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, Nordic Philology, 6.5.1998

 

Other education and training, qualifications and skills

Visual Arts, Intermediate Studies (35ECTS), University of Lapland, ongoing (6/2023)

Specialist Vocational Qualification in Leadership (180CP), Rastor-Institute, 1/2021

Visual Arts, Basic Studies (25ECTS), University of Lapland, 7/2020

Public Administration, Basic Studies (25ECTS), University of Tampere, 7/2020

Psychology, Basic and Intermediate Studies (60 ECTS), University of Jyväskylä (4/2018)

Qualification in Leadership and Educational Administration (25 ECTS), University of Oulu, 1/2015

Professional Teacher Education (60 ECTS), Oulu UAS, 11/2005

Educational Science, Basic Studies (25ECTS), University of Joensuu, 11/2002

 

Language skills

German: Mother tongue

Finnish: Mother tongue

English: Excellent skills

Swedish: Excellent skills

Russian: Basic skills

French: Basic skills

Italian: Basic skills

 

Current position

1.2.2021- 31.12.2022: Principal lecturer, Humak University of Applied Sciences

Administration of research projects, communication project funding searches, administration of the master's degree program in interpreting, supervision of master's theses, lectures on communication and pedagogical topics, development of international cooperation, management of publication activity in the department of interpreting and linguistic accessibility (yearly 60 publications required), research on communication and pedagogy

 

Previous work experience

1.8.2018-31.1.2021 Principal at Kalajoki Upper Secondary School

Administrational responsibilities, leadership (25 employees), cooperation (national and international)

1.8.2014-31.7.2018 Principal lecturer at Centria UAS

Management of the department of languages and communication (13 employees) including publications and projects, teaching (Swedish, German, intercultural communication, leadership, thesis courses for master’s students), development of international cooperation, coordination of the International Week at Centria UAS, participation in International Weeks as a guest lecturer e.g. in Germany, research on language, communication and language pedagogy

 

1.7.2004-31.7.2014 Lecturer at Centria UAS (Swedish, German, Russian, intercultural communication, drama)

 

1.3.2001-31.12.2003 Content provider at Alfasoft Oy

 

1.1.1999-31.5.2001 Swedish teacher at Kuopio University language centre

 

1.8.1999-31.5.2000 Swedish and German teacher at Kallavesi school (7th-9th grade), Kuopio

 

1.8.1998-31.5.1999 Swedish and German teacher at Kallavesi upper secondary school, Kuopio

 

1.8.1996-31.3.1998 Finnish teacher at Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

 

Research merits - Research funding, leadership and supervision experience

Leadership in research work (eg. leading research groups, projects):

2017-2018 Member of the DigiJouJou research project management group, see https://digijoujou.aalto.fi/home-eng/

2014-2018 Research on language pedagogy (see list of publications), management of the language and communication project team of Centria UAS (tree projects, see list below)

 

Planned or initiated research projects:

  1. The impact of communication in organizations regarding the staff members’ wellbeing (Research project at Humak UAS, 2022)

  2. The many faces of communication (Research project at Humak UAS, 2022)

  3. The improvement of linguistic accessibility in public service (planned for 2023)

  4. Hyöty-project, ESR+; the objective is to help people with immigrant backgrounds to increase people's wellbeing and integration into the Finnish working life and community by developing communication tools and bridges between employers, staff and employees) (planned for 2023)

 

Participation in several communication and language projects, e.g.:

DigiJouJou project (2017-2018): https://digijoujou.aalto.fi/home-eng/

NOPSA project: https://www.hamk.fi/projektit/nopsa-nopea-ammatillinen-vayla-tyoelamaan/

Elitgruppen-project: https://www.kieliverkosto.fi/fi/journals/kieli-koulutus-ja-yhteiskunta-joulukuu-2014/ammattikorkeakoulujen-ruotsin-opetuksen-haasteista

Project manager of the KieliKuopio project by the city of Kuopio in 2000

 

Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence

Specialist Vocational Qualification in Leadership (180CP), Rastor Institute, 1/2021

Public Administration, Basic Studies (25ECTS), University of Tampere, 7/2020

Qualification in Leadership and Educational Administration (25 ECTS), University of Oulu, 1/2015

Professional Teacher Education (60 ECTS), Oulu UAS, 11/2005

Educational Science, Basic Studies (25ECTS), University of Joensuu, 11/2002

 

Involvement in curriculum planning and the implementation of courses

Humak, interpreting and linguistic accessibility, Master’s level:

  • Thesis course (30 ECTS, 400 hours) including three modules á 10 ECTS:

      Methods and theory, planning and development, writing process

  • Societal communication in the interpretation sector (3 ECTS, 40 hours)

  • Innovation expertise and project management (3 ECTS, 40 hours)

  • Multimodal pedagogical expertise (4x3 ECTS, 4x40 hours)

 

During 2014-2018 as the leader of the department of languages and communication at Centria UAS, I was responsible for the curriculum planning of the language and communication teaching. During 2004-2018 at Centria UAS I implemented appr. 50 courses, e.g.:

 

  • Management (Master’s level) 3 ECTS, 40 hours

  • Intercultural communication (Master’s level) 3ECTS, 40 hours

  • German Basics (6 ECTS, 80 hours), German II, German III, German IV (all 3 ECTS, 40 hours, Bachelor’s level)

  • Kommunicera på svenska for 12 study programs, e.g. electrotechnology, industrial management, social service, youth management, arts, music, media technology (all 3 ECTS, 40 hours, Bachelor’s level)

  • Svenska I arbetslivet for 12 study programs, see previous list

  • Russian Basics, Russian II (all 3 ECTS, 40 hours, Bachelor’s level)

 

Development of teaching methods

Topics:

Digitalisation and language teaching

Wellbeing and teaching

The story method in language teaching, see e.g.

2017. (Segler-Heikkilä, L. & Hakala. J.T. (ed.)). Mikä saa meidät innostumaan? Motivaatio korkeakouluopetuksessa. Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu. https://www.theseus.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/134836/ISBN%20978-952-7173-29-9.pdf?sequence=4&isAllowed=y

 

2016. (Segler-Heikkilä, L. & Tolonen-Kytölä, T. (ed.)) Ideoi, kokeile ja kehitä! Innovatiivinen toiminta Centria-ammattikorkeakoulun kielten ja viestinnän opetuksessa. Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu. https://www.theseus.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/115580/ISBN%20978-952-7173-08-4.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

2015. (Segler-Heikkilä, L. & Simon, H. (ed.)) Minne menet, kielten opetus? Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu. https://www.theseus.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/96407/ISBN%20978-952-6602-87-5.pdf?sequence=1

 

Supervision experience

2021-2022: 4 supervisions of master's level theses (Communication/ Interpretation)

2014-2018: Appr. 30 supervisions of bachelor level theses (Leadership)

2004-2014: Appr. 20 supervisions of bachelor level theses (Industrial Management, Tourism)

 

Teaching award

Teacher of the year at Centria UAS, 2014

 

Awards, prizes and honours

Culture Award, Ylivieska town, 2012

Acknowledgement by KPAMK UAS 2010

Jenny Wihuri research scholarship, 2009

 

Other academic merits

Memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies:

Member of the Association of Semiotics in Finland

Member of the Liminka community college support association

 

Editor-in-chief of the yearly publication published by the department of interpretation and linguistic accessibility at Humak UAS (2022: “The many faces of communication”)

Member of the editorial board of the Humak blog series

 

Invited keynote lectures abroad (examples)

 

The Utilization of Intercultural Communication Skills, Socioemotional Skills and Nonviolent Communication Skills in an Intercultural Working Environment, Osnabrück UAS, Block Week 24.-28.10.2022

Nonverbal and intercultural communication, Westfälische Hochschule, Bocholt, spring 2018 and 12.–19.4.2015

Nonverbal and intercultural communication, Hochschule Mönchengladbach, 17.-23.4.2012

Intercultural communication, University of Poznan, 13.-16.4.2010

 

Scientific and societal impact of research

All publications, artistic works and processes are listed in the separate list of publications (see "texts")

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