CV - Rector emerita Aino Sallinen

Job history

  • Professor and Special Adviser 1.8.-31.12.2012
  • Rector, University of Jyväskylä 1992 - 2012
  • 1st Vice-Rector, U. of Jyväskylä 1991
  • Director, Dept. of Communication, U. of Jyväskylä 1987-90
  • At the University of Jyväskylä:

    • Teacher (speech techniques),
    • Assistant and lecturer (acting) 1972-75;
    • Assistant (speech) 1975-77;
    • Lecturer (speech, Dept. of Teacher Education) 1977-82;
    • Lecturer (speech communication) 1982-84;
    • Associate professor (acting) (phonetics; field of teaching: speech communication) 1985-87;
    • Professor (acting) (speech communication) 1987-89;
    • Professor (speech communication) 1990 onwards


  • Master of Philosophy 1972 University of Oulu
  • Licentiate in Philosophy 1981 University of Jyväskylä
  • Doctor of Philosophy 1986 University of Jyväskylä

International activities

  • Congress participant and speaker in Sweden, Denmark , Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, United States, Canada, Egypt, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Venezuela, South Africa, China, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan, India, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, United Arab Emirates
  • Unesco World Conference on Science, Budapest, Hungary, June 1999; member of the delegation on the Finnish Ministry of Education
  • European Commission, DG XII, Reflection group of high-level experts in education and training, Finnish member 9/1995-1998
  • Nordic Rectors' Conference, Jyväskylä, Finland 1996, president
  • CRE Institutional Evaluation Programme, reviewer 1995-1996
  • Intl Evaluation Group/Univ. of Umeå, Sweden, member 1994
  • Audit/University of Venice 1995, 1996; Universidade Nova de Lisboa 1998; chair of audit group/University of Patras 1999
  • CRE-Columbus Project, Evaluation of Higher Education in Latin America, Paris 1994 and Mérida, Venezuela 1994, member of the working group and conference lecturer
  • ERASMUS Prize Jury, European Union, Brussels, member and representative of the Nordic countries 1994
  • OECD/IMHE and CRE/ Management Seminar, Turku, Finland 1994, Graz, Austria 1996, Istanbul, Turkey 1997, lecturer and staff member
  • International Association of Universities (IAU) Congress, Alexandria, Egypt, 1992, Evaluation workshop, chairman
  • University of Washington, invited guest lecturer 1990; Expert in filling a professorship in communication 1991
  • 11th Conference of the World Communication Association, activities Jyväskylä, Finland 1991, president of the Organizing Committee 1989-90; WCA, Vice-President/Europe 1992-2001

Main positions of trust

  • Board of the Soprano Ltd. 05/2014
  • Management Institute of Finland, vice chairman 6/2012-4/2014
  • Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, delegate 2012-
  • Universities Finland Unifi, the delegates´ vice-chairman 1/2010-12/2011
  • Board of  the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) 2007-2011
  • Board of the Strategic Centers of Excellence Scheme/Ministry of Trade and Industry 2006-2009
  • The Finnish children and youth foundation, member of committee 2006
  • Panel for evaluating the impact of research funding (Academy of Finland), member 2005-2006
  • The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy; ETLA, member of the Research Council 2005-
  • Chancellor of the Order of the White Rose and the Lion of Finland 2005-2016. Board member 1997-2004
  • Board of Laatukeskus Exellence Finland 25.2.2004-28.2.2006
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Finnish Cultural Foundation 2004-
  • Member of Social entrepreneurship forum (SYFo) 2004-2005
  • Committee for Quality Assurance (Ministry of Education), member of Task Force 8/2003-2/2004
  • Road Map for Finland´s Success (EVA - The Centre for Finnish Business and Policy Studies), Advisory Board member 2003-2004
  • Vattenfall Co., Advisory Board member 2002-2010
  • Nordea Suomi Bank, Advisory Board member 2001-2010
  • Merita Art Foundation, board member 2002-2007, vice-chairman 2005-
  • Advisory Board for State Employers and Personnel Policy, member 4/2002-2005
  • FinnAgora, Finnish Cultural Foundation in Hungary, Board member 2002-2009
  • Committee for internationalization strategy of Finnish Higher Education (Ministry of Education), member 11/2000-10/2001
  • Board of Technology (Ministry of Trade and Industry), vice-chairman 2000-
  • Iberoamerican Foundation, board member 1999 -
  • Committee for universities' development act (Ministry of Education), member 9/1999-12/1999
  • Helsinki-Finland Congress Bureau, member of Advisory Council 1999-2001
  • Jyväskylä University Foundation, board member 1999 -
  • Finnish Institute in Japan, board member 4/1998 -
  • SITRA Finnish National Fund for Research and Development, Board of Research, member 1998-2001
  • Committee for further development of basic funding model of Finnish universities (Ministry of Education), member 1/1998-12/1998
  • Committee for analysis of the development of research resources (Ministry of Education), member 11/1997-1998
  • Tapiola Insurance Group, Regional Board of Central Finland, member 1997-1999
  • Development Company of Jyväskylä Region, JYKES Ltd., board member 2/1996-4/2009
  • Centre of International Mobility, CIMO (Ministry of Education), Advisory Council, chairman 1996-1999
  • Committee for developing management by results in Finnish universities (Ministry of Education), member 1995-1996
  • Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Programme Consulting Board, member 1994-1996
  • Merita Bank plc (MeritaNordbanken), Supervisory Board, member 3/1994-2000; Deputy-Chairman 6/1996 -; Chairman 5/1999-2001
  • Future studies in culture, research work group (Ministry of Education), chairman 1994
  • Finnish Cultural Fund, National Board, member 1994 -
  • Finnish Cultural Fund, Fund of Central Finland, president 1994-2000
  • Chamber of Commerce of Central Finland, member 1993-
  • Finnish Council of University Rectors, executive committee member 1993-1997
  • Committee of facilities management of Finnish universities (Ministry of Education), member 1993
  • Committee of national cultural strategy (Ministry of Education), member 1993
  • Cultural society of the State Council, president 1992-1994
  • Committee of teaching evaluation in the humanities (Ministry of Education), co-chair 1991-1992

Participation in national forums

  • Finland´s sources of vitality - Development Programme, 9/2009- 3/2010, arranged by SITRA, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development
  • Cultural Course III at Villa Lante, Rome, Italy 5.-12.10.2008
  • Academy of Values -Forum (Arvojen akatemia), 2004-2005
  • Finland 2015 - Programme, Spring 2001, arranged by SITRA, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development
  • Development Programme for National Strategy, No. VII 1997-1998, arranged by SITRA, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development
  • Defensing Finnish Culture, 1995, arranged by Finnish Cultural Fund
  • National Defense course no. 130 in 1994 and continuation course no. 66 in 1999, arranged by the Finnish Ministry of Defense
  • Management seminar in Finnish economics 1993, arranged by SITRA, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development
  • Seminar for Newly Appointed University Rectors, Roskilde, Denmark, 1992, arranged by OECD/IMHE Programme and Association of European Universities CRE

Main research areas

  • Finnish speech and communication culture; Intercultural communication; Intercultural differences in communication orientation: comparison of communication apprehension, willingness to communicate, communication competence and stage fright in Finno-Ugric, Anglo-American and the Far East cultures; Instructional communication and managerial communication;Media rhetorics, negotiation skills and organizational communication

Characterization of publications

  • Monographs and scientific articles published in Finland, Sweden, the United States, Japan and Germany
  • Teaching material in Finnish language for vocational education
  • University-level teaching material in speech communication in Finland and the United States
  • Numerous articles and radio programmes in literature, culture, leadership, teaching and communication


  • Honorary Doctor of the University of Debrecen, Hungary 2009
  • Jyväskylä Medal 2009
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland 2007
  • J.V. Snellman -medal, Finnish Cultural Foundation 2007
  • Golden Medal for Military Merits 2007
  • Finnish Air Force Eagle Plaque 2007
  • Guest Professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University, China 2007

  • Chydenius Medal 2007
  • Public Service Medal 2005
  • Medal for Military Merits 2005
  • Honorary Professor of Shanghai University of Sport, SUS, China 2005
  • Honorary Doctor of Tallinn University (former Tallinn Pedagogigal University), Estonia 2004
  • Commander of Kungliga Nordstjärneorden, Sweden 2003
  • Special award of the Student Association of Central Finland, University of Helsinki 2002
  • Special award of the City of Jyväskylä 2001
  • Special award of the ECSS (European College of Sport Science) for the promotion of European research in sport sciences, 2001
  • Special award (Jyväskylä Economic Foundation) for promoting research in economics 2000
  • Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland 1995
  • Eastern Communication Assosiation 1995, Top Paper Award

Public Portraits

  • Marjatta Tapiola 2007, University of Jyväskylä
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