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Welcome to Professorship of Higher Education

Our vision: We engage in excellent teaching and research through innovation, team work, openness and 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 digital university,
  • academic entrepreneurship,
  • governance and management of higher education institutions, and
  • evaluation of research and teaching in higher education.


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė presents at the ASA 2020 Virtual Engagement Event

ASA Annual Meeting 2020

05.08.2020 – Is there decreasing inequality at the work place in the US and the EU? This question will be answered by Liudvika Leišytė with co-authors Antigoni Papadimitriou and Lisa Stickney at ASA 2020 Virtual Engagement Event on August 9 in the Mixed Methods Section. In their mixed methods study they explore social exclusion in the US and Europe looking at both the individual and national levels. Findings indicate that despite isomorphism in anti-discrimination laws, gender discrimination is still a significant problem at multiple levels.


Gülsen Sevdiren is co-editor of the volume "Inklusion in der Lehramtsausbildung"

Gülsen Sevdiren

13.07.2020 – As part of the project "Dortmunder Profil für inklusionsorientierte Lehrer/-innenbildung", an anthology on the topic "Inclusion in Teacher Education - Learning Objects, Interactions and Processes" will be published in 2022. Interested authors are kindly invited to contribute a chapter to the volume.


Video of Higher Education Research Colloquium with Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann & Dr. Ewert Aukes now available online


02.07.2020 – We are pleased to announce that a video of last week's talk by Stefan Kulhmann and Ewert Aukes (University of Twente, the Netherlands) within the scope of our Higher Education Research Colloquium is now available online. In their talk titled "Science diplomacy in the making – towards effective practice", Prof. Kuhlmann and Dr. Aukes introduced the concept of science diplomacy, outlined the role of science diplomacy in addressing societal challenges, and addressed the challenges related to the governance of science diplomacy in Europe. We would like to thank both speakers for the highly interesting insights into the findings of their research project "S4D4C – Using science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges".


Seminars for the winter semester 2020/2021

We want you!

01.07.2020 – 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!


Call for abstracts for the special issue on "Inclusive Universities in a Globalized World"

Social Inclusion: Call for Abstracts

30.06.2020 – Prof. Liudvika Leišytė and Prof. Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, UK) edit the special issue of the Social Inclusion journal on "Inclusive Universities in a Globalized World". Theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from different countries addressing different types of diversity in higher education are welcome. Social Inclusion is an open access journal and the special issue will be published in August/September 2021.


Invitation to the online guest talk by Prof. Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente)

Prof. Stefan Kuhlmann

08.06.2020 – It is our pleasure to invite you to the guest talk by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente, The Netherlands) at the zhb Higher Education Research Colloquium Series. On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Prof. Kuhlmann will give a talk titled "Science diplomacy in the making".
Time and place: June 24, 2020 / 16:00-17:30 h / Online via video conference


Prof. Liudvika Leišytė is a member of the doctoral committee at the University of Bath, UK

University of Bath

02.06.2020 – Prof. Leišytė is an external examiner and member of the doctoral committee of Fahdia Khalid at the University of Bath higher education management DBA programme on June 10, 2020. The thesis examines university knowledge exchange as a professional development for academics, titled "University Industry Knowledge Exchange and Academics' Professional Development".


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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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