As mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago I am running for a position in the board of University of Stavanger (UiS). The presentation of Zafer Øzgen, the other candidate, and myself was posted on the university's election webpage March 28th, and can be found here (in Norwegian). I submitted my presentation (which includes an 'electoral program') in English as well, and since this version was not posted by UiS I now post it here in my academic blog.
Morten Tønnessen (born 1976) is Associate professor at Department of Health Studies. He defended his doctoral degree in semiotics/philosophy – with a case study on Norwegian wolf management – December 2011 at the University of Tartu (Estonia). Tønnessen has experience from several organisations (he is currently secretary of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (http://nordicsemiotics.org/) and chair of Minding Animals Norway (http://mindinganimals.no/)), and typically applies interdisciplinary approaches. In capacity of being a philosopher/semiotician who has for some ten years studied biological/ecological phenomena, he has connections to the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and thus maintains a wide and diverse academic network.
Morten Tønnessen will seek to pursue the following goals:
- Increased internationalisation (enhanced research mobility included)
- Higher aspirations for research (both in terms of scientific publications and participation at international conferences)
- Good conditions for interdisciplinary research and educational activities
- A green university
Academic blog: http://UtopianRealism.blogspot.com