Dr. Sigrun Sigurdardottir, Associate Professor of Health sciences at the University of Akureyri, has been hired as an Assistant Director at The Icelandic Film School from September 1st. In total we received 35 applications for the position, and of those 5 were considered fully qualified. Assistant Director is a new position at the school, meant to strengthen the schools inner management and strengthen academic works within the management, now that work on getting a University certificate and building up an international department is in full swing.
It is worth mentioning that the position of Director is always manned by experienced film makers. Film directors have been in the forefront there. Our current Director is Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, who recently made a five year contract to the school.
Sigrun SIgurdardottir is a highly experienced, progressive and popular university teacher, and has taught for many years. A well versed organizer and designer of courses and study routes, she has extensive knowledge and experience of the academics, evaluation systems and recruitment.
Sigrun is a Doctor of Nursing from the University of Iceland. Her expertise is in the areas of mental trauma, violence and trauma oriented approach. She has done important pioneering work in her field. She was one of the founders and first chairman of The Cancer Association Sigurvon in the north of the West Fjords. Sigrun was one of the founders of the Reasearch Center against Violence at the University of Akureyri in 2011 and is a member of the board. She is also a board member of Bjarmahlid, a center for the victims of violence in Akureyri. She was also one of two founders of the Organization for a support center for young people, founded in September of 2018. She took part in evolving the organizational work for the opening of Bergid Headspace and was the chairman of the council. Bergid Headspace, a resource for young people has opened on Sudurgata 10 and now serves a great need. The project is financed in cooperation by five governmental ministries. Sigrun is the current chairman of the board.
Sigrun has published, both alone and in cooperation with others, fifteen peer reviewed academic articles from the year 2009 to 2019. She has a seat in doctoral committees of students, is and has been a guide of multiple BS/BA and masters degree essays. From 2012 she has taught and developed courses, and held conferences at The University of Akureyri. Her course, “Psychological trauma and violence”, is one of the biggest and most popular courses in graduate studies at UA.
Sigrun has experience in international cooperation in her field and is working with projects within the Nordics and extensive networks. She also has immense experience in remote teaching and flexible studies.
Finally we must mention that Sigrun was one of the brave women that attended the police academy when women were not as prominent in that field. She graduated as a police officer from The State Police Academy in 1993 and worked for years as a police officer in the beginning of her career.
It is a great honor for The Icelandic Film School that an acknowledged and progressive university alumni and pioneer like Sigrun Sigurdardottir is willing to devote her skills to the school. She is welcomed aboard by students, staff and managers, teachers and instructors.
The school would like to thank everyone that applied for the position and those in charge of the hiring process.