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Institute of Education

Sara Keel

Sara Keel, Dr.

  • Oberassistentin / Senior Teaching and Research Assistant
+41 44 634 66 98
Freiestrasse 36, 8032 Zürich
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PhD in humanities and social sciences (summa cum laude), University of Neuchâtel

PhD in linguistics (summa cum laude with congratulations from the jury), Université Lumière Lyon 2

11/2002    Master of Arts (focus on sociology), University of Geneva
10/1993 Primary teacher diploma, primary teacher’s seminar Fribourg


Career to Date

4/2019 - 7/2023 Project lead research and development, School of Health Sciences (HESAV), HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
1/2015 - 11/2019 Postdoc researcher, lecturer, project lead, Department of Languages and Literatures, French Seminar, chair of French and General Linguistics, Prof. Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel
1/2014 - 1/2015 Scientific collaborator, School of Health Sciences, Fribourg
8/2012 - 9/2014 Postdoc researcher, lecturer, HESAV, HES-SO, Lausanne
10/2007 - 9/2011 PhD student, SNSF: PP001-114862, Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel
4/2003 - 3/2007 Scientific collaborator for the Swiss Earnings Structure Survey, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Neuchâtel


Research Interests

  • Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social interaction in the workplace, in institutional settings, and in everyday family life
  • Socialization research in healthcare and in everyday family life
  • Teaching and learning (instruction sequences)
  • Nonverbal resources (e.g. touch) in interaction
  • Use of digital technology in healthcare
  • Interprofessional meetings in the hospital
  • Collaboration with practice partners for research and further education