The dean’s office is the central switchboard of the faculty. The dean is the chairman of the faculty board and represents the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology to the outside world. He or she supervises the current affairs of the faculty. As a member of the extended university board, the dean represents the faculty in the university administration. The Dean presides the meetings of the faculty council and the faculty board and carries out its decisions.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Trinczek

  • Organization: Department of Sociology
  • Working group: Chair of Sociology I (Prof. Dr. Trinczek)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23029
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The vice deans support and represent the dean in his/her duties. They are elected by the faculty council for two years.

Vice Deans

Prof. Dr. Frieder R. Lang

  • Organization: Institut of Psychogerontology
  • Working group: Chair of Psychogerontology
  • Phone number: +49 (0)911 5302-96102
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Prof. Dr. Florian Kragl

  • Job title: Sprecher Department Germanistik und Komparatistik
  • Organization: Department of German Language and Literature
  • Working group: Professorship of Germanic and German Philology
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-29354
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Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kopp

  • Job title: Lehrstuhl für Grundschulpädagogik und -didaktik mit dem Schwerpunkt Lehren und Lernen
  • Organization: Department of Primary School Research
  • Working group: Chair of Primary Education (Teaching and Learning) (Prof. Dr. Kopp)
  • Phone number: +49 911 5302-528
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Prof. Dr. Anselm Schubert

  • Organization: Department of Historical Theology
  • Working group: Chair of Historical Theology (New Church History) (Prof. Dr. Schubert)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22211
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Vice Dean for Research

Prof. Dr. Roland Sturm

  • Organization: Department of Political Science
  • Working group: Chair of Political Science I (Prof. Dr. Sturm)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22370
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Vice Dean for Internationalization

Prof. Dr. Lutz Edzard

  • Organization: Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Working group: Chair of Arabic and Semitic Studies
  • Phone number: +49 (0)9131 85 22444
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Vice Deans for Teacher training

Prof. Dr. Volker Frederking

  • Organization: Department Fachdidaktiken
  • Working group: Chair of Teaching of German Language and Literature (Prof. Dr. Frederking)
  • Phone number: +49 911 5302-558
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Prof. Dr. Michaela Gläser-Zikuda

  • Organization: Institute of Educational Science
  • Working group: Chair of Educational Theory for School (Prof. Dr. Gläser-Zikuda)
  • Phone number: +49 911 5302-527
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According to Article 30 of the BayHSchG, the faculties’ vice deans for academic affairs act to ensure the studyability of the degree programmes within the standard study period, to guarantee the correspondence between the course offer and the examination and study regulations and the duly performed supervision of the students. They come from among the professors and are elected by the faculty council for three years. In their capacity as vice deans for academic affairs, they are members of the commission for teaching and study of the faculty (PhilLuSt) and make recommendations for further development in the field of teaching and study on faculty level.

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Fesenmeier

  • Organization: Department of Romance Languages
  • Working group: Professur für Romanistik, insbesondere Sprachwissenschaft (Prof. Dr. Fesenmeier)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22431
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Prof. Dr. Magdalena Michalak

  • Job title: Lehrstuhlinhaberin / Studiendekanin
  • Organization: Department Fachdidaktiken
  • Working group: Chair for Teaching German as a Second Language (Prof. Dr. Michalak)
  • Phone number: 0911-5302-9409
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Prof. Dr. Henrik Pfeiffer

  • Organization: Department of Old Testament
  • Working group: Chair of Old Testamant I (Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22204
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At the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, gender aspects are examined in research and teaching at the social and institutional level, depending on the individual disciplines. For example, the “career development of university graduates of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (BELA-E)” has been investigated with a DFG project since 1995.

Gender-specific socialization takes place in research and teaching, as well. The faculty aims at increasing the proportion of women on all qualification levels and especially in the areas where women are underrepresented. In addition, gender aspects are to be integrated in all fields of research and teaching.

The faculty supports measures for increasing the proportion of women particularly in these departments and those qualification levels in which women are underrepresented. Target agreements with the university management secure the participation of the faculty in FAU wide scholarship programmes for young female scholars, a mentoring programme, conference support and lectures by female guest scientists.

The faculty’s women’s representative is supported by the deputy women’s representatives of the departments and a scientific advisor.

Prof. Dr. Aida Bosch

  • Organization: Department Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie
  • Working group: Department of Sociology
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22386
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Anna Schneider

  • Job title: Referentin der Frauenbeauftragten der Philosophischen Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie (Vertretung Elternzeit)
  • Organization: Beauftragte
  • Working group: Büro für Gender und Diversity
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-25431
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The women’s representatives are working towards the equality of women and men. They are contact persons for women scientists, female teachers and students of the Faculty and are committed to their concerns. The aim is to increase the proportion of women at all levels of science.

Department of Classical World and Asian Cultures

Anna Nieschler

Department of English, American, and Romance Studies

Dr. Teresa Hiergeist

Department of Didactics

Dr. Katja Feigenspan, Akad. ORätin

Department of German and Comparative Studies

PD Dr. Victoria Gutsche

Department of History

Marina Heller, M.A.
Dr. Natalie Krentz

Department of Media Studies and Art History

Prof. Dr. Bettina Brandl-Risi

Department of Education

Viktoria Flasche
Dr. Axel Gruhlke, Akad. Rat

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Dr. Eva Odzuck
Dr. Hürcan Asli Aksoy

Department of Psychology

Dr. Klaudia Kramer, Dipl.-Psych., Akademische Oberrätin

Department of Sport Science

Nora Rosenhäger

Dr. Sabine Mayer

School of Theology

Dr. Nadine Hamilton

Saskia von Münster

Department of Islamic-Religious Studies

Hadil Lababidi

The Diversity Representative of the Faculty aims at fostering diversity, equality and equal opportunities among students and teachers, as well as in research and teaching. The Faculty is the first and only one that included this office in its equality concept, adopted in December 2012 and recognized by the university leadership as the best equality concept of the FAU.

Further Information (German)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Piske

  • Organization: Department Fachdidaktiken
  • Working group: Chair of Teaching Foreign Languages with the Focus of Teaching English Language (N.N.)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23483
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Prof. Dr. Georg Seiderer

  • Organization: Department of History
  • Working group: Professur für Neuere Bayerische und Fränkische Landesgeschichte und Volkskunde (Prof. Dr. Seiderer)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22789
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