University of Jyväskylä
University of Joensuu
University of Helsinki
Salminen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Education in 1954 from the University of Jyväskylä. In 1979, he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degee from the University of Joensuu.
Salminen began his career as a lecturer and director of Teachers College of Savonlinna in 1960. Seventeen years later he took a position of an associate professor and a dean at the University of Joensuu. Then in 1987, Jaakko became a professor and dean at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995 he has been a research director of Ebeneser Foundation.
Salminen is a member of International Reading Association.
On July 25, 1953 Jaakko Salminen married Pirkko Hellevi Kolehmainen. They have 3 children.