Dr Tania Fahey Palma

Dr Tania Fahey Palma
BA (Hons), MA, PhD


Dr Tania Fahey Palma
Dr Tania Fahey Palma

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen A47, Taylor Building, School of Language and Literature, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UB

MSc Professional Communication http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/taught/procom/


Dr Tania Fahey Palma is a Lecturer in Linguistics and Dean of Chinese Affairs at the University of Aberdeen. She is also Programme Director of the MSc Professional Communication and Co-Director of Internationalisation for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. She has teaching experience at a range of third level institutions including the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, Beijing Language and Culture University and Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick. Her expertise lies in the areas of Applied Linguisitcs including Institutional Discourse, Professional Communication and Intercultural Communication. Her research and range of experience working with multicultural teams at different universities and living and working in a variety of different countries including the UK, China, Ireland, Spain, Chile, and the US, has provoked a keen interest in workplace interaction across professional contexts and cultures. Dr Fahey Palma has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and is currently working on projects with the Medical School at the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Fahey Palma received the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. She was awarded the AUSA Student Choice Award for Graduate Teaching in 2014. She was also nominated for the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.


Research Interests

Corpus Linguistics

Professional Communication

Intercultural Communication

Healthcare Discourse

Novice Professional Communication

Discourse and Identity



Teaching Responsibilities

Dr Fahey Palma is Programme Director of the MSc Professional Communication and coordinates three courses on the programme:

Communication Theory and Analysis

Institutional Discourse

Intercultural Communication


She also coordinates two undergraduate honours courses at the School of Language and Literature:

Discourse Analysis

Language and the Professions