Teaching Council

The Teaching Council is appointed by the Rectorate to consult and support the University management in fundamental matters related to study and teaching. Its tasks include developing and improving degree programmes and teacher training, as well as preparing for the upcoming "Institutional Audit" and system accreditation. The members of the Teaching Council provide advice on competitive procedures in the area of study and teaching, and are involved in drafting the interim reports as mandated by the German federal and state programme for better study conditions and better quality in teaching. The Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies is an advisory member of the Teaching Council.

Office of the Teaching Council
Important prizes and competitions in teaching and academics

Members of the Teaching Council

Backhaus portrait

Prof Dr Dr hc Klaus Backhaus (chairman) [de]

Prof Dr Dr hc Klaus Backhaus, born in 1947 in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, studied Economics at the University of Bochum where he earned his doctoral degree in 1972 and habilitation in 1979 in the same subject. In 1979, he was appointed professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1980 to 1986, he held a professorship in the department of Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Mainz. In 1986, Professor Backhaus joined the University of Münster to head the newly founded Institute of Assets and System Technology which he continues to manage as an emeritus. In addition to his position as a visiting scholar at Penn State University (USA), he was named honorary professor of Technology Management at the TU Berlin in 2001 and is a member in numerous committees and advisory boards including the NRW Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Professor Backhaus received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in 2005, the Teaching Prize of the University of Münster in 2007, and was named "Professor of the Year" in 2008 by the magazine "Unicum". Following his retirement at the beginning of 2012, Professor. Backhaus has continued to work at the University of Münster as an emeritus. 

Heuft portrait

Prof Dr med Gereon Heuft [de]

Prof Dr med Gereon Heuft was born in 1954 in Burgbrohl in the district of Ahrweiler. He studied Medicine in Freiburg where he earned his doctorate and medical license in 1980. He completed training as a specialist in the areas of "Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy" and "Neurology and Psychiatry", as well as numerous advanced qualification courses (e.g. in Psychoanalysis). After receiving his habilitation at the Essen University Hospital, he was appointed chair of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Münster in 1999, and by extension, director of the Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Münster. In 2009, he was awarded the Teaching Prize of the University of Münster.

Hoegen-Rohls portrait

Prof Dr Christina Hoegen-Rohls

Prof Dr Christina Hoegen-Rohls, born in 1959 in Heidelberg, studied German Studies, Classical Philology (Greek Philology), Protestant Theology and Education Sciences at the Universities of Munich and Zurich. After passing the First State Examination for Teaching at Secondary School Level (Gymnasium), she worked as a research associate at the University of Munich. From 1990 to 1993, she was employed as a teacher at a secondary school (Gymnasium) near Munich.  Professor Hoegen-Rohls earned her doctorate in 1993 at the LMU Munich where she also received her habilitation in 2003. Until 2007, she was a senior lecturer for the subject "New Testament" at the LMU Munich and guest lecturer for Biblical Theology at the University of Regensburg until 2005. That same year she was awarded the "Prize for Good Teaching" from the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. She has been a professor of Bible Studies and Biblical Didactics at the University of Münster since 2007.

Joachim portrait

Prof Dr Michael Joachim

Prof Dr Michael Joachim, born in 1966 in Bonn-Beuel, studied Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, earned his doctoral degree at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in 1997, and his habilitation at the University of Münster in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007, he worked as a lecturer at the Universities of Bonn and Münster. Since 2007, he has taught at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Münster as an extraordinary professor. In the past, he has primarily devoted himself to teacher training. He is also the initiator and driving force behind various university-school crossover projects. Since 2008, he has organised the "Münster Math Days" and numerous other events, through which pupils can become acquainted with the University at an early stage. He has served as the local organiser of the programme "Mathematik Vernetzen", a campaign by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung since 2010.

Jucks portrait

Prof Dr Regina Jucks

Prof Dr Regina Jucks was born in 1970 in Warendorf. She studied Psychology at the University of Münster where she also earned her PhD in 2001 and habilitation in 2005. She worked at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Münster until 2008 when she accepted an appointment as chair of Pedagogical Psychology at the University of Frankfurt. In 2009, she returned to the University of Münster where she has worked since as professor for Social Psychology in Teaching and Education at the Institute of Psychology in Education and Teacher Training. In 2011, Professor Jucks was appointed director of the newly established Centre for University Teaching [de] at the University of Münster.

Moerschbacher portrait

Prof Dr Bruno Moerschbacher

Prof Dr Bruno Moerschbacher, born in 1959 in Jülich, studied Biology at the RWTH Aachen, the Jülich Research Center (JRC) and the University of Freiburg. After earning his doctorate in 1988 at the RWTH Aachen and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, he worked as a post-doc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Oklahoma State University – Stillwater (USA). He earned his habilitation in 1993 at the RWTH Aachen where he worked as a substitute professor for Plant Biochemistry from 1994 to 1995. He has been a professor for Plant Biochemistry at the Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Münster since 1995. As Dean of Studies from 2000 to 2005, he was responsible for implementing the Bologna Reform measures at the Faculty of Biology. The Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme in Life Sciences, which he developed in the process, was awarded the "Reform Degree Programme" best-practice certificate by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. In 2002, Professor Moerschbacher received the Teaching Prize of the University of Münster. He is the initiator and spokesperson of the first German-Indian research training group and the first German-Indian 2+2 project. He has been a member on the German-Indian Steering Committee for Biotechnology since 2011.

Terhart portrait

Prof Dr Ewald Terhart

Prof Dr Ewald Terhart was born in 1952 in Borken. He studied Education Science at the University of Münster. In 1978, he earned his doctorate at the University of Osnabrück where he also received habilitation in 1982. He was a professor at the University of Osnabrück until 1988, at which time he accepted an appointment as professor for School Pedagogy at the University of Lüneburg where he remained until 1993. From 1993 to 2002, he was a professor for School Pedagogy at the University of Bochum. In 2002, he accepted a professorship in School Pedagogy and General Didactics at the University of Münster. Professor Terhart is a member of numerous committees and advisory boards, including the KMK working group "Standards for Teacher Training" and the Saxon Education Forum.

Thamer portrait

Prof Dr Hans-Ulrich Thamer [de]

Prof Dr Hans-Ulrich Thamer, born in 1943 in Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, studied History at the University of Marburg and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 1971, he earned his PhD at the University of Marburg and in 1980, received his habilitation in Erlangen. From 1983 to 2011, he worked as a professor for Modern and Recent History at the University of Münster. From 1998 to 2003, he was Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies at the University of Münster. Since retiring in 2011, Professor Thamer continues to work at the University as a Senior Professor, e.g. as chairman of the committee to investigate the history of the University of Münster under National Socialism and as head of the project "Political Religion, Utopia and Violence in the 19th and 20th Century" as part of the Excellence Cluster "Religion and Politics".