Work Experience

1 August 2021 – 31 December 2022 (17 months), Postdoctoral Researcher in MultiLEAP (Multiliteracies for social participation and learning across the life span) profiling area of the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Language and Communication Studies.

  • Research focus: visual literacy education and visual pedagogies in higher education;
  • Teaching: visual literacy (two guest lectures), visual communication for working life (international course);
  • Organizing the 54th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (10-12 Aug. 2022);

September – 12 December 2022, Part-time Teacher, hourly-based, Tampere University, Finland.

  • Teaching a Master-level course: Visual Cultures and Technologies (25h contact teaching).

1 January 2019 – 31 March 2021 (27 months), Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland project), Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Project: What’s in the App? Digitally mediated communication within contemporary multilingual families across time and space. Funded by the Academy of Finland (1.09.2018-31.08.2022, grant number: 315478). PI: Prof. Åsa Pal­viai­nen
  • Planning and implementing individual research project on mobile communication in Polish transnational families living in Finland.
  • Applying visual elicitation methodologies as part of ethnographic inquiry (auto-driven visual elicitation with an interactive collage as a prompt).
  • Editing a special issue of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; publishing three scientific articles.

1 July – 31 December 2018 (6 months), Postdoctoral Researcher (personal grant), Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Project: Students’ Visual Literacy Skills across Disciplines in Finnish Higher Education. Grant from the Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation.

1 January – 30 June 2018 (6 months), Postdoctoral Researcher (personal grant), Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Project: Students’ Visual Literacy Skills across Disciplines in Finnish Higher Education. Grant from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.

1 September 2010 – 29 December 2016, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Postgraduate research in journalism (visual communication, visual research methods, visual literacy, press photography).

March 2011 – June 2022, Part-time Teacher, hourly based teaching of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses on visual research methods, photography, visual communication, visual literacy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

  • Course: Visual Communication as a Way to Improve Working Life Skills (24h/5 days, 2021-2022, undergraduate).
  • Guest lectures: Visual Literacy (2-4h lectures for Master-level students, 2021-2022).
  • Course: Introduction to Visual Research Methods (24h, 2016-2019, Master-level).
  • Workshop: Successful Online Presentations (3h workshop, 2021, doctoral-level).
  • Course: Visual Research Methods for Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Summer School intensive course: Press Photography: Theory, Practice and Interpretation (24h/5 days, 2016-2018, undergraduate).
  • Workshop: Visual Methods in Analysing Imagery.
  • Guest lecture: The Power of Visual Communication: Press Photography.
  • Course: Visual Literacy: Press Photography as a Medium.
  • Guest lecture: Analysis and Criticism of Journalism: Press Photography Analysis.
  • Course: Press Photography as a Medium for Intercultural Communication.

Courses’ descriptions: here

Other work experience

June – July 2010, Photography Instructor and Children Carer at the holidays’ camp for children, organized by “KOMPAS”, an office for active leisure pursuits, Poland. Main responsibilities: teaching children digital photography through workshops, discussions and games.

1 July – 30 September 2008, Marketing Executive, AIESEC Management Traineeship in Bangladesh at “PURPLE”, an English magazine published in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Main responsibilities: working with a team of reporters and photographers to develop exciting stories; designing promotional materials and magazine’s website layout; cooperating with web designers; selling advertising space in the magazine; building long-term marketing relations with corporate sector and top advertising agencies of Bangladesh.


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