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Finlandia Welcomes Finnish Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

Paivi HakkarainenHANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University Suomi College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to welcome Päivi Hakkarainen as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2011-12 academic year.

At Finlandia, Hakkarainen will teach a Special Topics in Finnish Studies course, co-teach Digital Technologies and Applications for Teachers (EDU 203), pursue her research interests, and work to establish in the Copper Country a Suomi Koulu, a Finnish School which offers young people an opportunity to become acquainted with Finnish culture and learn the Finnish language.

Hakkarainen is working to complete a Ph.D. in social psychology through the University of Eastern Finland. She also holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Lapland and a master of social sciences/social psychology from the University of Tampere, both in Finland.

Hakkarainen is a senior lecturer in media education at the University Lapland, where she also worked as a researcher and project manager for the university's Centre for Media Pedagogy. She has instructed psychology and social psychology at several high schools in Finland.

"To teach is to learn," Hakkarainen says of her teaching philosophy.

In Finland, Hakkarainen and her family live in a small village of around 150 inhabitants called Välijoki in the city of Rovaniemi. In the Upper Peninsula, they reside in Toivola.

In Rovaniemi, Hakkarainen engages in volunteer activities to help low-income children, and she established a figure skating club there, serving as president of its board for several years.

Hakkarainen and her husband, Ilkka, have two young daughters, Elli and Anni. She enjoys living in the countryside and the outdoors, reading, and watching live and televised figure skating competitions. Last spring, Hakkarainen and her daughter, Elli, traveled to Moscow, Russia, to watch the World Figure Skating Championships.

Contact Päivi Hakkarainen at 906-487-7511 or Päivi.hakkarainen@finlandia.edu.

Photo cutline: Päivi Hakkarainen, Finlandia University Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence