What do you do at the HHS?
I am a lecturer at International Business and Management Studies teaching business communication to international students. With my great team we develop and teach skills from presenting, analytical writing to debating and more. Apart from that I am a year-one mentor guiding them through that crucial year, an internship tutor for fourth years who are starting to ‘work’ in a business environment, and a member of the curriculum committee. Never a dull day.
And I recently took on a ‘new job’ as researcher for the research group Change Management.
What is your background?
Frisian with a Rotterdams-Groningse streak. I went to a college in the USA at the age of 17 where I discovered that my English was not that bad and that I could pursue a study in English language and literature. After two years I continued this at the VU resulting in a thesis about textuality. I also started teaching college students Business English as a part-time job, which ended up in a full-time job and a teaching degree.
What is your research about?
I thought about combining business and films for years but never got around to doing it. Until last year when the research group Change Management actually organized a film festival called Corporate Bodies: where film meets organization. I got the opportunity to take students and colleagues to the film Margin Call, introduce it and discuss some financial world issues with them. After that I even got a bigger opportunity to continue Corporate Bodies.
This entails me looking into film and education in the classroom but also outside going to the Filmhuis Den Haag. One part of it is combining the course I already teach with research and see how film/documentary works for students in different environments, but also how it can be used to advance their critical thinking skills. And my own.