Associate senior lecturer: “It’s a great job”2023-08-31
On 1 February this year, Adrian Sangfelt moved from Uppsala to Karlstad to begin work as an associate senior lecturer in Swedish with a specialisation in didactics.
– It’s a great job. I can’t really think of another job I’d rather have, he says.
We meet in his office in House 12 where he is preparing for the autumn term.
– During the spring, I was a supervisor for students on the Early Years Education programme. Now in the autumn semester, I will also be teaching a course on second language learning.
75 percent of the position as an associate senior lecturer is dedicated to research and Adrian Sangfelt’s field of research includes Swedish as a second language.
– Not much is known about how the grammar in so-called suburban Swedish works. There is more to discover and I find that interesting.
In recent years, Adrian Sangfelt’s research has dealt with studies of children’s language development.
– Children whose first language is Swedish already have an incredibly well-developed grammar when they are 4-5 years old. In my current research, I look at what happens when they start school and how grammar develops when they learn to write and articulate themselves in primary school.
He grew up in Uppsala and completed his doctoral studies at Uppsala University in 2019.
– All my research has in one way or another dealt with grammar in Swedish and Scandinavian languages. After my thesis defence, I continued to work at Uppsala University and did research on different variants of Swedish and children’s language development.
How are you enjoying Karlstad University?
– It’s great! I have received a very warm welcome by my colleagues at the department and by the students I have supervised. Being an associate senior lecturer is a great job that offers a lot of opportunities to engage in research. I can’t really think of another job I’d rather have.
In 2022, the university decided to employ 12 associate senior lecturers as part of a targeted initiative, six at each faculty.