I have over 15 years of extensive experience in teaching various courses in the different fields of Communication and Media Studies at Helsinki University at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. I have also chaired research seminars and supervised PhD students. In addition, I have taught courses on organizational communication, reputation management, and online communication. Moreover, I have counseled individual students working on their theses outside of my research seminars and have provided students working on their theses at other universities with counseling services at a smaller scale.
I have given various guest lectures and courses at other universities, such as the University of Jyväskylä, Helsinki University of Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Aalto University, the University of Tallinn, Stanford University, and the University of Santa Barbara. In addition to offering scientific courses and seminars, I have been a regular speaker at non-academic conferences and other events. I am also an experienced teacher in the eMBA, MBA, and Continuous Education Programs.
My teaching philosophy can be summarized in three principles. Individually, these values may not seem particularly influential; together, however, they give direction to my teaching. The first principle is mutual development. Teaching is always a learning process. This bilateral process of accumulating knowledge should always be the starting point and the goal of teaching. In practice, the process requires surrendering to an ongoing critical dialog with students in a teaching situation. The second value is professionalism. The only way to establish solid professional skills is to continually learn and develop one’s abilities. One should always strive to find, build, and share better scientific knowledge. Without professionalism, fruitful mutual development is not possible. The third, and most important, principle is respect. A good teacher respects the unique character of each student and treats each as an individual. Above all, a good teacher respects the right of students to acquire knowledge. Without respect, the values of mutual development and professionalism lose their meaning as the supporting pillars of teaching.