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

Department of Sociology
Chair of Sociology I (Prof. Dr. Trinczek)

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. Charlotte Köckert

Department of Historical Theology
Chair of Historical Theology (Ancient Church History) (Prof. Dr. Köckert)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Pfeiffer

Department Fachdidaktiken
Professorship for Music Education (Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer)

Vice Dean for Research

Prof. Dr. Roland Sturm

Institute of Political Science
Chair of Political Science I (Prof. Dr. Sturm)

Prof. Dr. Frieder R. Lang

Institut of Psychogerontology
Chair of Psychogerontology

Prof. Dr. Florian Kragl

Sprecher Department Germanistik und Komparatistik

Department of German Language and Literature
Chair of German Philology in the European Context

Vice Dean for Internationalization

Prof. Dr. Lutz Edzard

Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Chair of Arabic and Semitic Studies

Vice Deans for Teacher training

Prof. Dr. Charlotte Bühl-Gramer


Department Fachdidaktiken
Chair of Teaching of History

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herbst


Department of English and American Studies
Chair of English Philology and Linguistics (Prof. Dr. Herbst)

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. Eva Breindl

Department of German Language and Literature
Professur für Germanistische Linguistik mit Schwerpunkt Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Michalak

Lehrstuhlinhaberin / Studiendekanin

Department Fachdidaktiken
Chair for Teaching German as a Second Language (Prof. Dr. Michalak)

Prof. Dr. Henrik Pfeiffer

Department of Old Testament
Chair of Old Testamant I (Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer)

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. Georg Seiderer

Department of History
Professur für Neuere Bayerische und Fränkische Landesgeschichte und Volkskunde (Prof. Dr. Seiderer)