Academic History, Work Experience

May 16, 2011
Paper presented as candidate for Professorship in Communication Science in the field of Public Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Universität Augsburg
Title: Powered by emotions: On the role of emotions in the transformation of public opinion. Current perspectives, fu-ture challenges


Oct. 1, 2009-
Professor/Chair of Communication and Media Studies, Level III, at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies, TU Dresden


Summer sem. 2010
Lectureship: Seeing is feeling. The emotional onstage and backstage in reality TV, Universität Innsbruck, Interdepartmental Forum, Austria


Summer sem. 2009
Lectureship: Emotion and media, perspectives on effects and usage
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institute for Communication Sciences


Feb. 12-19, 2009
Visiting Professor, Université Val de Marne, Paris, France
(1) “La Communication Interculturelle”. Les Medias, Les Emotions et La Communauté Européenne
(2) L’Identité Européenne et L’Intégration Européenne


Dec. 12-19, 2007
Visiting Professor, Université Val de Marne, Paris, France
“La Communication Interculturelle”


Assistant Professor, Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Freie Universität Berlin


Oct. 2004 – Mar. 2005
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien
Freie Universität Berlin


Mar. – Sept. 2004
Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Studies Technische Universität Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau)


Jul. 2003 – Dec. 2003
Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Studies Universität Erfurt


Apr. 2002 – Apr. 2003
Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Studies, Department of Media Psychology and Media Sociology Universität Erfurt


Jan.–Apr. 2002
Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Studies Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf


Oct. – Dec. 2000
Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Studies Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf


1996 – 2000
Lecturer, Institute for International Communication, Düsseldorf
Main teaching areas: Training of university lecturers,
in cooperation with the Institute for International Commu-nication, Düsseldorf; Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf; the DAAD(German Academic Exchange Service), the PAD (Pedagogy Exchange Service),
the DFHI (German-French University Institute).Topics:
· European commerce,
· intercultural communication,
· communication in economy


1996 – 1998
Program Director of the International Cooperation Pro-gram between Hong Kong Baptist University and the Heinrich-Heine-University for the Institute for International Communication, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Functions: Complete responsibility for the cooperation program, development of a curriculum and implementa-tion of corresponding seminars;
supervision of honors projects, employment, assessment of lecturers, planning; organization and implementation of country-specific courses and business -related excursions.

Responsibility for budget development and administration of the international cooperation program in Germany and Switzerland

Organization of six-month internships, including supervi-sion of participants and sponsoring companies.

Areas of emphasis: intercultural communication,
European development, economy, business


1996 – 1997
Lecturer, German as a Foreign Language
Main emphasis: Hermeneutics, Text Interpretation, Inter-cultural Communication
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf


1994 – 2000
Language instructor, English and French, private and group lessons


Country product manager (executive position), EF Sprachreisen
Responsibilities: Management of international student travel for Berlin, Hamburg and Bavaria;
In charge of sales and development of marketing projects; further responsibilities: brochures, supervision of student travels in England


1988 – 1990
Teaching Assistant, German as a Foreign Language, Intercultural Communication, Diablo Valley College, California, USA


1988 – 1990
Student Assistant, Department of Sociology, Diablo Valley College, California, USA