Pro-Rector for Regional Development

Geir Kåre Resaland

Field of work

Geir Kåre Resaland is appointed as vice-rector for regional development in a fixed-term position for the period of 01.08.2021 – 31.07.2025. The position has been newly created and is part of the principal's management group. The vice-rector for regional development reports to rector Gunnar Yttri.

Resaland works to strengthen HVL's regional role and contribute to make HVL an important and attractive partner for the whole of Western Norway.

The vice-chancellor for regional development has two departments in his unit:

- Department for Communications

- Department for social contact, working life and lifelong learning

The Department of Communications ensures that HVL is a visible and attractive institution regionally, nationally, and internationally, and works for effective communication internally and externally.

The department for community contact, working life and lifelong learning contributes to HVL's professional environment being attractive collaboration partners in private business and public sector. The department has a special responsibility for supporting the faculty's work in developing study options in a lifelong learning perspective and offering flexible educations. The department is also responsible for support for the planning, planning and execution of internal and external events and conferences in HVL. The department is also responsible for

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Resaland is a graduate of HiSF (undergraduate subjects in social studies, English and sports, as well as intermediate subjects in sports and PPU) and the Norwegian College of Sports, Oslo (intermediate subjects, major and doctorate).

Resaland has been employed at HVL (2017-) and the University of Sogn og Fjordane (HiSF) (2001-2017). In the period 2017-2021, Resaland was professor of Sports Science at the Faculty of Teacher Education, Culture and Sport. Resaland has published around 75 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. He has been on a research sabbatical on two occasions: University College Dublin, Ireland (2007-2008) and University of Texas, Austin, USA (2016-2017).

In the period 2018-2021, Resaland was the leader of the Center for Physically Active Learning (SEFAL), which was established at Campus Sogndal in 2018. SEFAL offers workplace-based skills development measures in Physically Active Learning both as continuing education and further education. In the same period, Resaland was the leader of ACTivate, an Erasmus+ collaborative project between Norway, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Finland, and Portugal. ACTivate have developed a European curriculum in physical active learning for teachers in Europe.