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Welcome to Professorship of Higher Education

Our vision: Pursuing Excellence & Global Reach through talent development, inspiring collaborations, openness & diversity

The chair of Higher Education focuses on academic work and organizational transformation in the context of changing institutional environment.

Drawing on the sociological theories the chair explores the issues of

  • professional autonomy and resistance, academic roles and disciplinary cultures,
  • academic entrepreneurship,
  • the dynamics of governance and management of higher education institutions, and
  • evaluation of research and quality enhancement in higher education.


Liudvika Leišytė participates in the ECER 2018 "Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?" in Bolzano as a co-convenor of the Network 22 (Research in Higher Education)

ECER 2018

15.08.2018 – At this year's European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in Bolzano, Italy, prof. Liudvika Leisyte will participate as a co-convenor of the Network 22 (Research in Higher Education). She will chair the session "The Inclusive Academic Community" and the interactive poster session of Network 22. As a part of the session "University Teachers and their Learning" she will also present the paper "Organizational learning at a university: a case study of inclusive teacher training project in Germany" on September 5, 2018.


Project DoProfiL: Anthology on inclusion-oriented teacher education has been published

Titelblatt des DoProfiL-Sammesbands (Cover: Waxmann Verlag, Bild: Ulvis Müller)

01.08.2018 – The DoProfiL volume presents models for inclusion-oriented teacher training, which differentiate development and research at the levels of teaching, schools, universities and university didactics as well as formulating principles for inclusion orientation. Prof. Liudvika Leisyte and Anna-Lena Rose were involved in three articles in this anthology.


Mehwish Waheed at JURE 2018 conference of EARLI, Antwerp, Belgium

Mewish Waheed presents her poster at JURE 2018 conference

12.07.2018 – Our colleague Mehwish Waheed has presented a poster on "Quality of Knowledge, Interaction, and Virtual Competence in Digital Learning" and chaired a session on "Motivational Aspects of Learning and Teaching" at JURE 2018 conference of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) last week!


Seminars for the winter semester 2018/19

We want you!

04.07.2018 – Dear students, applications for seminars in the winter semester are coming up! You can find all information regarding the seminars of the Professorship of Higher Education on our teaching website.
We are looking forward to your applications!


Come and visit us at the TU Dortmund summer festival!

Sommerfest der TU Dortmund 2018

01.07.2018 – This year’s edition of the TU Dortmund summer festival will take place on July 5, 2018, from 3 pm. The Professorship of Higher Education and the Department of Academic Faculty Development are joining forces and will provide information on their programmes and activities, host an exciting quiz, and you can indulge in culinary nostalgia of the Ruhr Area by winning bags of mixed sweets.

Our location: Stall no. 45, in-between stairs to train-stop Universität and building EF 50.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė at EGOS Colloquium 2018, Tallinn, Estonia

EGOS - European Group for Organizational Studies

06.06.2018 – Liudvika Leišytė will be a panelist at the EGOS sub-plenary "Challenges of Human Resources in the Age of Industry 4.0" and a co-convenor of sub-theme 50 "Inclusive Organizations and Knowledge Workers Mobility" at 34th EGOS Colloquium (European Group for Organizational Studies) at Tallinn, Estonia.
Sub-theme 50 is co-organized by Prof. Liudvika Leišytė, Prof. Vilmante Kumpikaitė and Dr. Christine Teelken. Prof. Leišytė will be chairing the sessions "Knowledge Workers Mobility I" and "Inclusive Organizations I" on July 5, 2018.
She will present her paper "Organizational challenges of attracting and retaining academic talent" and is co-author of the paper "Challenges of adjustment of expatriates: The cases of Estonia and Lithuania" that is based on the project carried out in 2017 with the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian partners.


New publication by Liudvika Leišytė: Innovation Studies in Higher Education Research

Cover of the book: Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions

04.06.2018 – Liudvika Leišytė discusses the changing role of universities in innovation and how innovation studies' insights have been used in higher education research in the past decade in her latest book chapter "Innovation Studies in Higher Education Research" published in the "Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions". The Encyclopedia covers all higher education themes in a comprehensive, accessible and comparative way, and provides a rich diversity of scholarly perspectives and covers the entire spectrum of higher education from a geographical, a topical and disciplinary perspective.
Read more in: Leisyte, L. (2018). Innovation studies in higher education research. In P. Teixeira & J. Shin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of international higher education systems and institutions [E-Book, continuously updated edition]. Dordrecht: Springer.


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Leisyte will take a research semester from April to September 2018.

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Mrs Anika Lander
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Monday: 12:30 to 16:30
Tuesday: 12:30 to 16:30
Thursday: 12:30 to 16:30
Friday: 12:30 to 16:30

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