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Petri Nokelainen appointed as Professor of Engineering Pedagogy

Tampere University of Technology has established a new professorship in engineering pedagogy supported by a generous donation from the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. The professorship is the first of its kind in Finland and will be taken up by PhD Petri Nokelainen.
PhD Petri Nokelainen.
PhD Petri Nokelainen.

Petri Nokelainen will take up his new appointment at the beginning of 2016. He joins TUT from his current position at the University of Tampere, where he has occupied several research positions in the School of Education.


Petri Jouni Kristian Nokelainen
(born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1970)

Most important positions and appointments:

  • Professor (Vocational Education), University of Tampere, 2014–2015
  • Professor (Learning Environments), University of Tampere, 2012–2013
  • Research Professor, Finnish National Board of Education, 2011
  • Research positions at the University of Tampere and the University of Helsinki since 1995

Most important degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tampere, 2008

Awards and recognitions:

  • 2015 - Board member of the Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET), European Educational Research Association, Germany.
  • 2015 - Chair, Workplace Learning Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, US.
  • 2014 - President, Academy of Vocational Training, Finland.
  • 2014 Outstanding Paper Award, Journal of Professional and Vocational Education, Finland.
  • 2010 Outstanding Paper Award, Journal of Workplace Learning, UK.
  • 2009 Post Doc Research Award, Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Finland.
  • 2005 Research Award, Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Finland.
  • 2002 Outstanding Paper Award, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, US.

The new professorship was created to promote the development of engineering pedagogy and related research. As the digital revolution is reshaping the landscape of higher education, the repertoire of teaching strategies must be broadened to meet the future needs of students. Engineering professionals will need an increasingly wide range of competencies, such as entrepreneurial knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Research on motivation

Nokelainen’s research interests focus on professional growth among young people and adults in different physical and virtual environments. He is especially interested in factors that contribute to self-regulation in learning, such as motivation.

The new professorship offers the opportunity to explore teaching practices in a pedagogical context. Among others, Nokelainen is keen to explore the use of ICT in education and the sharing of tacit knowledge related to course planning and teaching methods.  

New learning environments are a good investment

Petri Nokelainen brings to TUT his extensive experience of empirical research in the field of education. He finds TUT to be an interesting and innovative place to work.   

“I’m particularly fascinated with the University’s investments in the development of learning environments. I’m excited to carry out research in this area and contribute to the development of teaching at TUT. I’ve conducted multidisciplinary research that cuts across information technology and statistics during my career, and I’m confident that my future collaboration with experts from across the TUT campus will prove fruitful.”

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