Inesa Šeškauskienė, short CV in English; Lithuanian version on page 2

General information

Graduated from the study programme in English Philology (BA, MA) and completed doctoral studies in Vilnius University. In 1995 defended a PhD thesis on prepositional semantics in English and Lithuanian (supervised by Prof. O.N. Seliverstova).

Has been teaching in Vilnius University since graduation; positions held: lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor from 2016 until now. Currently is also Chair of the Centre for Multilingual Studies at the Institute of Applied Linguistics and Head of the Study Programme in Language for Specific (Legal) Purposes. From 2022 is a member of the Doctoral Committee of the Faculty of Philology.

Also has held positions as Dean of the Faculty of Philology, VU (2018 – 2023), Head of Study Programme Division (2011-2012, Vilnius University), Chair of Academic Committee of the Faculty of Philology (2006 – 2011), Chair of the Study Programme in Language for Specific (Legal) Purposes (since 2023 until now; member of the Committee from 2006 to 2023), Chair of Study programmes in English Philology and English Linguistics (2004 – 2011), Head of the Department of English Philology (2001 – 2008). Has experience as translator/interpreter (Lithuanian Road Administration under the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Lithuania, 1993 – 2005).  Other commitments: Chair or member of different working groups at the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania, National Education Agency (previously, National Examination Centre), Lithuania, invited expert at the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania; expert at the Lithuanian Research Council (from 2023).

Subjects taught: Cognitive Linguistics, Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics, English Grammar, Academic Presentations, English and Contrastive Lexicology, Academic Writing and Academic Discourse, Research-in-Progress Seminars, the Language of Criminal Law, the Language of Civil Procedure, the Language of International and EU Law, Legal Translation, Introduction to Legal Language.

Student papers supervised in the study programmes of English Philology (BA), English Linguistics (MA), Translation Studies (BA and MA), English Studies (MA), Language for Specific (Legal) Purposes (MA), General Linguistics (MA), Scandinavian Studies (BA).

Has been on study visits: Jesus college (Oxford University, UK, funded by the Oxford Hospitality Scheme, 1 month, 1999), Uppsala University (Sweden, Swedish Institute grant, 1 month, 1999), University of Toronto (Canada, Canadian Government grant, 5 weeks, 2002), was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California in Berkeley (USA, Fulbright Scholarship, 6 months, 2011).

Has been teaching and/or has been on study visits within Erasmus exchange programme in the following institutions: University College Cork (Ireland), Torun M. Copernicus University (Poland), Lund University (Sweden), Greifswald University (Germany), Castilla La Mancha University (Spain), Complutense University in Madrid (Spain), Barcelona Autonoma University (Spain), University of Zaragosa (Spain), University Jaume I in Castellon de la Plana (Spain), Edinburgh Sheriff Court (Scotland, UK), Bordighera Association of Archeologists (Italy).

Has given a series of lectures and workshops to teachers of English at the National Examination Centre, Language Centre of State Institutions (VIKC), Business College in Vilnius, etc.


Is a member of the following associations:

  • ESSE, European Association for the Study of English, since 1998
  • LITAKA, Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association, since 2005, board member since 2009
  • SLE, Societas Linguisticas Europaea, since 2010
  • Academia Gramaticorum Salensis, since 2011, board member since 2017
  • RaAM, international association Researching and Applying Metaphor, since 2012
  • US-LT Alumni Association, since 2011

Editorial boards

Taikomoji kalbotyra,, Editor-in-chief, 2012 – 2018, from 2018 until now—editorial board member

Kalbotyra, board member, 2009 – 2014

Research interests: lexical semantics, cognitive linguistics, academic discourse, contrastive linguistics, language for specific (legal) purposes

Member/Chair of Doctoral dissertations committees (or official reviewer of dissertation)

2024—(Chair of the Committee) Sorina Boghiu Balaur A Cognitive Linguistics Analysis of the Effect of a 3D Video Game as an Educational Resource on the Learning of the prepositions “in” and “on” in a Higher Education Context. Universitat Jaume I, Spain

2021—(member of the Committee) Jelena Kirejeva Speech Genre of a Quarrel: Constituent Characteristics (on the material of contemporary English and Russian drama). Vilnius University

2015—(Chair of the Committee) Benita Riaubienė Resultative secondary predication in European languages. Vilnius University

2014—(official reviewer)Teresė Ringailienė Popular Scientific Discourse in English and Lithuanian: a multi-modal perspective. Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas

2012—(official reviewer) Lina Bikelienė Connector usage in native and non-native learners’ English writing. A contrastive analysis. Vilnius University

2011—(member of the Committee) Rita Juknevičienė Lexical bundles in native and non-native speaker written English. Vilnius University

2010—(official reviewer) Eglė Žilinskaitė The expression of space in Mikalojus Daukša’s Postilla: postpositional locatives and their functional equivalents. Vilnius University

2009—(official reviewer) Inga Hilbig Lithuanian and English linguistic politeness: requests. Vilnius University

2008—(official reviewer) Birutė Ryvitytė Evaluation in English and Lithuanian linguistic book reviews. Vilnius University

2007—(official reviewer) Solveiga Sušinskienė Deverbal nominalization in English scientific text: semantic, syntactic and textual aspects. Vilnius University

2007—(official reviewer) Eglė Gudavičienė Directives in Lithuanian. Vilnius University

2006—(member of the Committee) Dalė Roikienė Spatial relations and their expression in English (in contrast to Lithuanian). Vilnius University

Worked as external referee for Dr Taras Shmiher in his habilitation in Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine, in January 2020.

Has been chair or member of the programme and/or organising committee of at least 10 international conferences held in Vilnius University:

1998— Germanic and Baltic Linguistic Studies, Teaching and Translation

2005—Innovation and Tradition in Contemporary Language Studies

2008—English and German Studies in Lithuania and Beyond: tradition and emerging perspectives, held 18-20 September 2008, chair of the organising committee;

2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022—conferences of applied linguistics Languages and People

2016—7th FLaRN (Formulaic Language Research Network) Conference

2021—14th RaAM (Researching and Applying Metaphor) conference Metaphor and Space  (chair of the organising committee)

Has been invited to work on the programme committee and review abstracts of SLE conferences (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024), RaAM conferences (2020, 2022, 2023), FLARN conference in 2016. Took care of the visits of plenary speakers of the conferences of applied linguistics in Vilnius: in 2013—Prof. Mark Davies (Brigham Young University, USA), in 2016—Prof. Zoltán Kövecses (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary).

Completed research projects

2019 [completed] Project aimed at participation in the 15th international conference of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association to be held in Japan in August 2019 (two presentations). Submitted to the Research Council of Lithuania financed from the EU Structural Funds, code of proposal 09.3.3.-LMT-K-712-13-0080. I submitted the proposal and received funding alone.

2018 [completed] (July-December) [research dissemination project] Project supported by the Lithuanian Research Council to promote the activities of the Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association. Coordinator of the project (agreement No S-ACO-18-14).

2017 [completed] (July-December) [research dissemination project] Project supported by the Lithuanian Research Council to promote the activities of the Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association. Coordinator of the project. Coordinator of the project (agreement No S-ACO-17-28).

2014 [completed] (June-December) Intercultural perspectives on humour discourse. A research and educational project implemented in cooperation with Ernst Moritz University in Germany, funded by Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Baltic-German University Liaison Office at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Coordinator of the project.

2006-2008 [completed] a project setting up and promoting post-doctoral studies, financed from the EU Structural Funds; co-ordinator: Prof. Marijus Šaulauskas, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University. Participant of the project.

Project funding applications

2020—Figurative language and its argumentative and evaluative potential in the discourse of national security. Proposal submitted to the Lithuanian Research Council, Reg. No P-MIP-21-96. Coordinator of the Project. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

2019—Humour and its role in promoting ideology in Lithuanian public discourse: from the last Soviet decades up to now. Proposal submitted to the Lithuanian Research Council, Reg. No P-MIP-20-184. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

2018—Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-03. Proposal: 857508 — MeLVil. Evaluation: 11.5 (threshold: 10 on a 15 point-scale). Coordinator of the project. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

2017—Horizon 2020 Framework Programme Call for proposals: H2020-WIDESPREAD-2016-2017 (H2020-WIDESPREAD-05-2017-Twinning). Proposal: 810979 — MeLVil. Evaluation: 11.5 (threshold: 10 on a 15-point scale). Coordinator of the Project. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

2016—Metaphor: Lithuanian aspects of research. Proposal submitted to the Lithuanian Research Council, Reg. No LIP-16391. The project aimed at continuing research into metaphor based on Lithuanian data and writing a monograph. Coordinator of the Project. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

2016—Written English of B1 and B2 level: Lithuanian and Latvian secondary school leavers. Proposal submitted to the Lithuanian Research Council, Reg. No APP-16-057. The project aimed at working out criteria how to establish the level of English language production of Lithuanian and Latvian secondary school leavers. The project proposal was prepared in collaboration with Ventspils University, Latvia. Participant of the Project. [Decision: to be financed; not financed due to shortage of funding.]

Study Projects

2012-2013      Expert in the EU funded project implemented by the Lithuanian National Examination Centre (NEC) Improvement of the system of assessing the achievements in languages in Lithuanian secondary schools and of school leaving examination (matura examination) system (Pagrindinio ugdymo pasiekimų patikrinimo ir brandos egzaminų sistemos tobulinimas), No VP1-2.1-ŠMM-01-V-03-002

2011-2012      Expert in the Project Setting up and implementing the system of study quality assurance in Vilnius University (Vilniaus universiteto vidinės studijų kokybės vadybos sistemos kūrimas ir įgyvendinimas) No VP1-2.1-ŠMM-04-K-02-016/LSS-13600-1541.

2009-2011      Head of group of experts in the study field of English Philology; national project Development of the Concept of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) at the National Level: Harmonization of the Credit and Implementation of the Learning Outcomes Based Study Programme Design (VP1-2.2-ŠMM-08-V-01-001).

2007-2010      Partner, Vilnius University representative in EU LLL (Life-long learning) network project LANQUA focusing on ensuring the quality of language learning and teaching and intercultural communication in higher education. The Project participants include 63 European universities from 31 countries. Project coordinator – University of Southampton, UK.,

2007-2008      Leonardo da Vinci Project No LT/06/EX/2/1051. Foreign language for specific (Professional) purposes (law and economics): innovative trends and university teacher development. Project leader: Vilnius University Assoc. Prof. Vaiva Žeimantienė. Participant of the project.

2006 – 2010   EC Lingua-2 Project No. 2006-2441/001-001 EUROPODIANS Language courses for modern technologies (Contracting organisation Castilla-La Mancha University, Spain). Coordinator of the national team.

2006-2008      National Identity and Globalization: development of (post)doctoral studies in social sciences and humanities (Project code: BPD2004-ESF-2.5.0-03-05/0058), financed from the EU Structural Funds; coordinator: Prof. Marijus Šaulauskas (Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University). Project participant.

2006—a teacher-training project carried out in 6 regions of Lithuania aimed at teaching writing to English teachers. Coordinator of the project team of 6 VU specialists of English. Financed from Teacher Competence Centre under the Ministry of Education and Research. Project No ESF/2004/2.4.0-K01-144/SUT-189

2005—EC Project TNP in the area of languages 3. Coordinator:  Southampton University, UK. Project participant.