Get to know the people behind MultiLEAP

MultiLEAP is a multidisciplinary research community consisting of people working in wide array of subjects at JYU. Please, do not hesitate to contact us!

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Profiling area leaders

 Anne Pitkänen-Huhta
Anne Pitkänen-HuhtaProfessor, Director

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My research focuses on (foreign) language learning and teaching practices, on multilingual language education, and multilingual literacy practices. I particularly interested in how multiliteracies features in language education and pedagogical practices can be developed cater for all students, but especially those in vulnerable positions.

Tarja Nikula-Jäntti
Tarja Nikula-JänttiProfessor, Vice-Director

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I’m interested in knowledge building practices across different content subjects from disciplinary literacy perspective, both in CLIL contexts and beyond, and in exploring what insights participants’ ways of orienting to subject-specific modes of meaning.making offer for pedagogical development.

Mirja Tarnanen
Mirja TarnanenProfessor, Vice-Director

Faculty of Education and Psychology

I am interested in systemic nature of learning communities and design of learning when using active learning approaches to promote learning in multimodal and linguistically diverse settings. My recent publications deal with literacy and assessment practices across curriculum, integration to learning communities and development of teacher education.


Tomi Laapotti
Tomi LaapottiPost-doctoral researcher, Coordinator

Department of Language and Communication Studies

I study the communicative constitution of organizations. My research focuses on the agency of digital technologies from the viewpoints of leadership, management, and accountability in organizational settings.

Tenure Track Professors

Sari Sulkunen
Sari SulkunenAssociate Professor

Department of Language and Communication Studies

Currently my research focuses on learning and teaching disciplinary literacy in educational contexts. Moreover, my research interests include adolescent and adult literacy, more specifically the role of (informal) literacy learning in lifelong perspective.

Pekka Mertala
Pekka MertalaAssistant Professor

Department of Teacher Education

I am interested in the overlapping areas of education, texts, and technologies and how the pedagogy of multiliteracies can promote agentic, critical, and sustainable subjectivity in the ever-complexifying world. My current research aims to unify the fragmented vocabulary of contemporary digital literacies research by identifying the common ground of AI literacy, data literacy, algorithmic literacy and computational literacy among others.

Karoliina Talvitie-Lamberg
Karoliina Talvitie-LambergAssistant Professor

Department of Language and Communication Studies

My scientific research interests focus on the question of multiliteracies for social and digital participation in data-driven media environments. Particularly I am interested in self-performance in digital everyday life, videostreaming cultures and DIY surveillance. My recent research projects include voluntary nonuse of social media; datafication in everyday and perceived vulnerability; and social presence with bots.