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Johanna Vakkari elected as Vice-Dean responsible for teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts

Docent Johanna Vakkari, PhD, has been elected as Vice-Dean responsible for teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts for the period 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2021.

Vakkari has considerable experience in working as a teacher, researcher and within university administration. She has acted as Planner of Student Services at the Academy of Fine Arts since 2011, and in 2014–2016 as Art & Culture Programme Manager at the Finnish Institute in London. Vakkari has taught art history for 25 years and published widely in her areas of expertise.

As Vice-Dean responsible for teaching, Vakkari will be managing the development of education at the Academy of Fine Arts and the strategic initiatives related to it. In her work, Vakkari wants to increase mobility and cooperation within the Academy of Fine Arts, between the academies and with the open campus. She also finds it important to develop teaching and further education to support the employment of artists as well as possible.

“Both the upcoming preparations for the new curricula and questions related to the new premises of the University of Arts in Sörnäinen are challenging and extremely interesting. The eastern campus will become a dynamic entity and we are already discussing with our colleagues at the Theatre Academy on how we could help each other plan the teaching,” Vakkari says.

“Johanna Vakkari has considerable experience of the content and forms of the university world. I’m glad that we will be able to place these diverse skills and experience in a central position at the Academy of Fine Arts,” says Jan Kaila, Dean at the Academy of Fine Arts.

The term of office for the part-time Vice-Deans at the Uniarts Academy of Fine Arts is defined by the length of their original tasks and lasts for a maximum of three years.