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Vice-rectors elected at Bielefeld University

Published on 5. Dezember 2019, 15:44 h
New vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality and new vice-rector for Education and Teaching

Today (29/11/2019) saw the election of five vice-rectors. Two of them are new to the office, and one vice-rectorate has been newly created. Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose is one of those newly elected; she succeeds Professor Dr Claudia Riemer as vice-rector for Education and Teaching. Also new is Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser, who assumes the newly created vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality. The incumbents of the other vice-rectorates retain their positions: Professor Dr Martin Egelhaaf, Research and Research Transfer, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, International Affairs and Diversity, and Professor Dr Reinhold Decker, Information Infrastructure and Business Relations. The new vice-rectorate’s term of office begins immediately and runs for four years.


Bielefeld University’s new rectorate (from left): Professor Dr Martin Egelhaaf, vice-rector for Research and Research Transfer, Rector Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose, vice-rector for Education and Teaching, Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser, vice-rector for Personnel Development and Gender Equality, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, vice-rector for International Affairs and Diversity, Chancellor Dr Stephan Becker, Professor Dr Reinhold Decker, vice-rector for Information Infrastructure and Business Relations. Photo: Bielefeld University/J. Dieckmann
Bielefeld University’s new rectorate (from left): Professor Dr Martin Egelhaaf, vice-rector for Research and Research Transfer, Rector Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose, vice-rector for Education and Teaching, Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser, vice-rector for Personnel Development and Gender Equality, Professor Dr Angelika Epple, vice-rector for International Affairs and Diversity, Chancellor Dr Stephan Becker, Professor Dr Reinhold Decker, vice-rector for Information Infrastructure and Business Relations. Photo: Bielefeld University/J. Dieckmann
The vice-rectors were elected by the University Electoral Committee. The University Council determines the number of vice-rectorates that are not full-time occupations, and the election of vice-rectors is carried out in accordance with the Higher Education Act based on the rector’s recommendation. Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer: “I would like to thank the University Electoral Committee for accepting my proposals and today electing the five vice-rectors for the rectorate’s next term of office. The committee has not only acted in line with my personal vision, but also endorses the adapted focus of the vice-rectorates. We are thus responding to new challenges and strategic tasks—this applies in particular to the new vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality, which will address the various career stages in academia. Furthermore, we are now explicitly flagging the topic of business relations in a vice-rectorate, therefore underlining the importance of transfer and cooperation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Claudia Riemer most sincerely for the many years of successful collaboration. I wish the entire team every success in their work.”

New: vice-rectorate for Personnel Development and Gender Equality, Professor Dr Marie I. Kaiser
Since June 2018, Marie I. Kaiser has been researching and teaching as professor of Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, where she previously worked as a junior professor. Marie I. Kaiser studied philosophy and biology at the University of Münster and received her doctorate at the University of Cologne. She worked as a research fellow at the Universities of Münster, Cologne, and Geneva/Switzerland, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota (USA) and at the University of Calgary (Canada). Her research is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together philosophical and biological perspectives.
Since 2018, she has been officer for doctoral studies of the Department of Philosophy and equal opportunities officer in the DFG Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 212 (SFB) on individuals and their ecological niche.

Vice-rectorate for Education and Teaching, new: Professor Dr Birgit Lütje-Klose
Birgit Lütje-Klose studied teaching special education and acquired a diploma in educational sciences at the University of Hanover. It was here that she was also awarded her doctorate in 1996. She then completed her traineeship as a teacher and worked as a teacher at a special needs school and at a primary school with joint learning until 2001. Afterwards, she returned to the Leibniz University Hanover as a university teacher and worked as a research fellow with the universities of Alsace (France), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Western Oregon (USA). In 2007, at Bielefeld University, she assumed her first chair as professor of Special Education with a focus on heterogeneity at the university. Since 2016, she has held the chair of Educational Science with a focus on school inclusion and special educational professionalism. In the summer semester of 2019, Lütje-Klose was a visiting professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. From 2014 to 2018, she was dean of studies at the Faculty of Educational Science.

Information on the other members of the rectorate.

Background information on the rectorate
The rectorate governs the university. It is chaired by the rector, who represents the university to the outside world. In addition to the rector, the rectorate comprises five vice-rectors with their own areas of responsibility, and the chancellor. The rectorate is responsible for the university’s overall strategic development. This includes, among other things, the continuous further development of research and teaching as well as the establishment and maintenance of cooperations and networks inside and outside Germany. Bielefeld University’s vice-rectorate positions are not full-time; the professors also have their work in connection with their chairs in research and teaching.
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