Tuire Kuusi appointed the professor of music research at the Sibelius Academy
Doctor of Music Tuire Kuusi has been appointed the professor of music research at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy for a five-year period, starting 1 January 2018.
Tuire Kuusi graduated from the Sibelius Academy’s doctoral research programme in 2002 with a major in music theory. She also has a piano diploma from the Sibelius Academy (1986). Kuusi is an experienced university teacher, thesis supervisor, and researcher, whose career at the Sibelius Academy began in 1998. Currently, she holds the position of the Sibelius Academy vice-dean responsible for research and doctoral education. She also works as a part-time lecturer at the DocMus Doctoral School. Kuusi will continue as a vice-dean during her professorship.
Tuire Kuusi is highly experienced in doctoral education, curriculum planning, and administrative tasks. As a teacher, she is well appreciated, and she was chosen as the university teacher of the year 2011. Kuusi’s international networks are extensive. According to Kuusi, the Sibelius Academy combines high-standard artistic activities and effective research in a unique way.
- I want to make our artistic doctoral programme better known around the world. I also want to strengthen the position of research at both the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy. More diversified networks for music research and doctoral education are also one of my objectives. To reach these goals, collaboration with the experienced Sibelius Academy experts is essential, Kuusi says.
A lively interaction between the various competence areas is a key element of research and doctoral education at the Sibelius Academy. The professor of music research leads and develops the research activities in her field, is responsible for forming and maintaining research groups, plans research projects, and participates in the acquisition of research financing. In her role, she raises the research profile of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy and increases their importance. The professor is also responsible for developing and contributing to doctoral education at the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy. Furthermore, she is the key person in creating and maintaining strategic partnerships in Finland and internationally.
In total, 39 applications were received for the music research professorship at the Sibelius Academy by the 10 April 2017 deadline. Some of the applicants were invited to an interview, which was arranged at the end of November, and to an evaluation of suitability. Tuire Kuusi was appointed to the professorship by Jari Perkiömäki, rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki, on the recommendation of Kaarlo Hildén, dean of the Sibelius Academy.
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Kaarlo Hildén, dean of the classical music faculty
University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy