Vice Dean (Research), Professor in Artistic Research, Head of Performing Arts Research Centre, Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Leena Rouhiainen works as professor in artistic research and is the head of the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy (TeaK) of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts). Until the end of 2015 she likewise is vice dean of research at TeaK as well as a member of the steering group for research and doctoral studies of Uniarts. She belongs to the board of TAhTO doctoral programme in artistic research run by Uniarts and Aalto University. She is a dancer and dance scholar. Together with her artistic collaborators, she has received several national awards for their artistic work in Finland. After submitting her phenomenologically oriented doctoral dissertation on freelance dance artists (2003), she has been awarded funding for several research projects by the Academy of Finland. She has edited books and published articles related to phenomenology, artistic research, somatics and dance. She acts in the editorial boards of Nordic Journal of Dance, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and Dance Research Aotearoa. She has been the opponent and examiner of doctoral dissertations in Finland and Sweden as well as assessed applications for artistic research funding, academic positions and new educational programs in the Nordic countries. She has been the chair and vice-chair of the board of Nordic Forum for Research in Dance (NOFOD).
Leena Rouhiainen was elected as a board member for the period from 2015 to 2018, and is now elected for this position for the period 2018 to 2020.