Kimmo Svinhufvud
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Kimmo Svinhufvud

Dr Kimmo Svinhufvud teaches Finnish as a first language in the Language Centre of the University of Helsinki. He runs writing courses for undergraduates working on their Master’s dissertations and doctoral candidates working on their theses. His blogs – Gradutakuu and Tohtoritakuu – offer practical advice and support for students working on their academic writing. Alongside his teaching duties, Svinhufvud continues with his research on writing and the various forms of interaction related the writing process.

Kimmo Svinhufvud

Born April 18, 1971, Lappeenranta

MA 2004 and PhD 2013 (Finnish Language), University of Helsinki,

University Teacher of Finnish, Language Centre of the University of Helsinki 2010–
Assistant 2005–10 and Lecturer 2004–2005, Finnish Language subject, University of Helsinki

Member of the University of Helsinki’s Teachers’ Academy 2013-

Publications, research projects and other academic activities

Academic of the Year 2014, Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Written by: Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta
Translated by John Calton

Dr Kimmo Svinhufvud is a Finnish-language teacher working in the University’s Language Centre. Svinhufvud offers his students support in their academic writing both through taught courses and net-based material. In teaching the main official languages of the country, he works alongside two Finnish-speaking and one Swedish-speaking colleague. Svinhufvud began writing guides to preparing a master’s dissertation and blogging on the subject back in the early 2000s, when he was a lecturer in the Finnish Department.

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For Kimmo Svinhufvud, research serves as an important counterweight to teaching. His doctoral thesis topic was “Thesis writing as an interactive activity – A Conversation Analysis Study on the Interaction between Master’s Thesis Seminars and Master’s Thesis Advisor Meetings”. In the thesis, Svinhufvud studied the structure of interactive situations related to thesis writing – such as advisor meetings and seminar work – as well as ways of pedagogically developing the working methods used.

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