A dean’s job is to inspire and support

Submitted on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:07
Päivi Pahta/ Photo: Jonne Renvall
Professor Päivi Pahta, who will become the dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, thinks that the most important duty of a dean is to inspire and support the employees. Photograph: Jonne Renvall

 

From the beginning of 2017, the University of Tampere will reform its internal structure. The present schools will be replaced by six faculties, each led by a dean.

Professor Päivi Pahta, dean of the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, will start as the dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences. She will lead a faculty comprising the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, the Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media, and the Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction.  

“It is quite a challenge. Combining two and a half schools means several operating cultures, which now have to find a way to work together,” Pahta says.

According to Pahta, bringing in information sciences with languages, communication, media and arts makes the new faculty unique in Finland.

“It means that digital culture will become a strong component of the new faculty, and I am convinced this aspect will also characterise our development in the future,” Pahta continues.

Pahta’s own job description will not change much although the number of personnel she supervises will grow from about sixty in the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies to 250 in the new faculty.

Pahta sees inspiring and supporting the employees as the most important duty of a dean.

“We are living in a challenging time and faculties and their personnel must face various demands posed by the economic situation and general social change. I want to facilitate and provide shared opportunities for the discussion on how we should develop the faculty,” Pahta adds.  

Pahta says that team work is the work method close to her heart, and it is familiar to her from both the research and teaching contexts.

“There are plans to appoint two vice-deans in the new faculty, which is a great idea. My plan is to encourage the personnel to participate and ensure that everyone’s ideas and resources are put to the best possible use. Of course, I have ideas about the course the new faculty should take, but I am always open to better suggestions,” Pahta concludes.

Six new faculties

Due to the structural reform, six new faculties will be rolled out at the University of Tampere at the beginning of 2017.

The Faculty of Communication Sciences will comprise the current School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, the Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media, and the Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction. Professor Päivi Pahta, dean of the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, will become the dean of the new faculty.

The School of Education will become the Faculty of Education led by the current Dean Risto Honkonen.

The School of Management will become the Faculty of Management and Dean Antti Lönnqvist will continue as the dean of the faculty.

The Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences will comprise BioMediTech, School of Medicine and the professorship on occupational health care and occupational medicine from the School of Health Sciences. Professor Tapio Visakorpi, Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Center, will become the dean.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences will comprise the Centre for Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (CAST) and the Degree Programme in Mathematics and Statistics and Degree Programme in Computer Sciences from the School of Information Sciences. Dr Kati Iltanen, university lecturer in computer science, will become the dean.

The Faculty of Social Sciences will comprise the School of Health Sciences and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Dean Juha Teperi from the School of Health Sciences will become the dean of the new faculty.

Text: Hanna Hyvärinen