Isotalus, Pekka Sakari

 

Professor of Speech Communication
Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
Tampere University, Finland

 

DEGREES

Ph.D.
University of Jyväskylä, 1996
Major: Speech Communication
Doctoral thesis: Presenter on Screen. Television Performance as Interaction.

Licenciate of Philosophy
University of Jyväskylä, 1993
Major: Speech Communication

M.A.
University of Jyväskylä, 1990
Major: Speech Communication

Teachers’ Pedagogical Education
Vocational Teacher Education College of Jyväskylä Polytechnic, 1999

Specialist Qualification in Management
TAKK Tampere Adult Education Centre, 2010

 

DOCENTSHIPS

Docent of Political Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, 2002-

Docent of Speech Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Language and Communication, 2002-

Docent of Speech Communication, University of Helsinki, Digital Humanities, 2001-

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Tampere University, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
Professor of Speech Communication, 2005-
Professorial Fellow, the Institute for Advanced Social Research, 2010-2011

University of Helsinki, Department of Speech Sciences
University Lecturer of Speech Communication, 2002-2005

Helsinki School of Economics, Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR),
Research Team Leader, 2000-2002

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Communication

  • Senior lecturer in Speech Communication 1999-2000
  • Acting professor in Speech Communication 1998 – 2000
  • Assistant in Speech Communication 1995 – 1998
  • Acting Senior lecturer in Speech Communication 1997 – 1998
  • Acting senior assistant in Speech Communication, 1996 – 1997

University of Oulu, Department of Finnish and Lapp Languages and Logopedics, Senior lecturer in Speech Communication 1993 – 1995

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Communication

  • Colloquium secretary in international conference, 1994
  • Acting assistant in Speech Communication, 1991
  • Acting senior lecturer in Speech Communication, 1991
  • Acting assistant in Speech Communication, 1990
  • Full-time teacher, 1990
  • Research assistant, 1989

 

RESEARCH FUNDING AND EXPERIENCE AS SUPERVISOR AND LEADER OF RESEARCH

  • Twitter as communication tool of Finnish business leaders. Leader of the project, (25,000  euro), 2018-2019, Foundation for Economic Education
  • Please, take a seat at our table! Dinners enhancing neighbour dialogue. Leader of the project, (153,500 euro), 2018-2021, Koneen säätiö
  • Media performance of politicians in changing context. Foundation’s Professor Pool, (27 000 €), 2015-2016, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
  • Live tweeting during election debate. Leader of the project, (50,000 euro), 2015-2016, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
  • Social interaction in professional relationships. Leader of the project, (339,000 euro), 2009-2012, Finnish Academy
  • Mediatization of politics and its challenges for leadership. Leader of the project, (150,000 euro), 2009-2010, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
  • Supervisor of doctoral dissertations: 7 dissertations
  • Supervisor of Licenciate thesis: 2 thesis
  • Opponent for doctoral dissertation: 3 dissertation
  • Pre-viewer of doctoral dissertation: 5 dissertations
  • Presently supervised doctoral dissertations: 10 doctoral students

 

OTHER ACADEMIC MERITS

  •  Chair, Publication Forum Panel 17, The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, 2014- , (vice-chair of the panel 2011-2013)
  • Chair, Finnish Association of Speech Communication Prologos, 2016-2018
  • Vice-dean, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere 1.1.2013-31.7.2015
  • Member of the Science Council, University of Tampere, 2011-2014
  • Chair for the section, ECREA (European Communication Research & Education Association), Section of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction, 2008-2012, (vice-chair 2007-2008)
  •  Head, National Doctoral School of Communication Studies, 2007-2011
  • Chair of organizing committee, The 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction, 2009
  • Editor, Prologi – Annual of Speech Communication, 2007-2008, member of editorial board 2009
  • Member of editorial board, Media studies series, Tampere University Press, 2007-2011
  • Member of the board, University Network for Communication Sciences, 2003-2009
  • Chair of the organizing committee, National Convention of Communication Research 2005
  • Chair of the research committee, University Network for Communication Sciences, 2004-2006
  • Member of the board, Prologos (Finnish Association of Speech Communication), 1995-1998
  • Member of editorial board, Tiedotustutkimus Journal, 1994-1996
  • Reviewer, Danish Research Council for Independent Research, 2014
  • Reviewer of academic competence of professor: University of Jyväskylä 2015, Auburn University 2015
  •  Reviewer of academic competence for the title of docent: University of Vaasa 2019, University of Eastern Finland, 2014, University of Jyväskylä, 2008, University of Tampere, 2004
  • Award: Listening Research Award, International Listening Association, 2016.
  • Visiting editor: Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 1/2011, Puhe ja kieli 3/2005
  •  Referee in Journals: Political Communication, Journal of International Communication, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Medical Hypotheses, in Higher Education, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism Studies, BMC Medical Education, Javnost-The Public, Communication Quarterly, Nordicom Review, Prologi, Lähde,Media & Viestintä, Lähikuva, Politiikka, Tiedotustutkimus
  • Authority member, Equality Board of Media, Council for Equality, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2002-2003