The Teaching Council is appointed by the Rectorate to consult and support the University management in fundamental and cross-disciplinary matters related to academics and teaching. Its tasks include developing quality assurance measures in order to secure future system accreditation, enhancing the profile of its teaching degree programmes, developing strategies for new degree programmes and advising the Rectorate on establishing new teaching guidelines. The members of the Teaching Council provide expertise on competitive procedures in the area of study and teaching. The Vice-Rector for Teaching and Studies is an advisory member of the Teaching Council.
Prof Dr Michael Joachim (chairman), born in 1966, studied mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (USA) in 1997 and earned his habilitation in 2003 at the University of Münster (WWU). Between 2003 and 2007 he taught at the University of Bonn and the University of Münster, and since 2007, has worked as an adjunct professor at the Mathematical Institute of the WWU. In 2012 Professor Joachim was appointed to the Teaching Council which had been established that same year. In addition to his regular teaching duties, he has assumed an increasing number of administrative responsibilities within the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science (FB 10) over the years. One of his special interests concerns strengthening the link between secondary school and university. He has initiated and advanced numerous projects, e.g. the "Münster Math Day" and the "Day of Mathematics" during which pupils are given the opportunity to become acquainted with university-level mathematics at an early stage. Since 2010 he has served as the local organiser of "Mathematik Vernetzen", a project sponsored by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung which aims to strengthen the ties between schools and the university. Professor Joachim is also a co-organiser of the Behnke Colloquium on the History and Didactics of Mathematics which supports the exchange of teaching staff at schools in the Münster region.
Prof Dr Cornelia Denz was born in 1963. After earning her degree in physics at the TU Darmstadt, she continued her postgraduate studies there and at the Institut d’Optique in Orsay, France, where she received her doctorate in 1992 and her habilitation in experimental physics in Darmstadt in 1999. In 2001 she received a C3-level professorship at the University of Münster. In 2003 she was appointed to a C4-level professorship and has since served as chair of the Applied Physics department of the Faculty of Physics (FB 11). From 2010 to 2016 she served as Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Young Researchers. She is also a principal investigator in the cluster of excellence "Cells in Motion".
Prof Dr Christine Dimroth, born in 1967, studied German studies and Romance studies at the University of Marburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1998 she earned her doctorate in German studies at the FU Berlin. Between 1998 and 2010 Professor Dimroth worked at the Language Acquisition Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands, initially as a research associate until 2007, and subsequently as a W2-level professor. Parallel to these activities, she accepted teaching assignments at Osnabrück University and the University of Cologne. From 2010 to 2013 she was a professor for applied German linguistics at the School of Language and Literary Studies at Osnabrück University. In 2013 she was appointed professor for German linguistics at the University of Münster (WWU). In the area of teacher training, Professor Dimroth is responsible for the DaZ (German as a Second Language) module at the WWU.
Prof Dr Stephan Dutke was born in 1959. After earning his Diplom in psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin, he continued his postgraduate studies there, earning his doctorate in 1987 and habilitation in 1996. After teaching for a time as a post-doctoral research fellow at the FU Berlin, he received a professorship at the TU Kaiserslautern in 1999. In 2006 he transferred to the Institute for Psychology in Education and Instruction (PBE) at the University of Münster. Professor Dutke has been actively involved in the field of teacher training for many years, e.g. as former director of the Centre for Teacher Training at the TU Kaiserslautern and currently as a member of the advisory board of the University Centre for Teacher Education (ZfL) at the WWU. In addition to his participation in the WWU Quality Improvement Committee, Professor Dutke is also active in teacher training at the international level, e.g. in the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations, where he served as chairman of the Board of Educational Affairs for five years.
Prof Dr Thomas Hoeren was born in 1961. Following his studies in theology and law in Münster, Tübingen and London, he went on to earn his doctoral degree in law at the University of Münster in 1989, passed his Second State Examination in Law in 1991 and earned his habilitation in 1994. From 1995 to 1997 he was a professor for civil law and international business law at the University of Düsseldorf. Since April 1997 he has been a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Münster, as well as director of the Institute of Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM). Professor Hoeren has also been an adjunct professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) since 2012.
Prof Dr Judith Könemann, born in 1962, studied Catholic theology (Diplom), sociology and educational science (MA) in Münster and Tübingen. She earned her doctoral degree in Catholic theology in Münster in 2002. In the following years, she received teaching assignments at the universities of Münster, Paderborn, Osnabrück and Fribourg. From 1995 to 2005 she worked as a pedagogical assistant at the Catholic residential adult education centre Haus Ohrbeck in Georgsmarienhütte and as head trainer of pastoral and congregational assistants in the Osnabrück diocese. Between 2005 and 2009 she served as director of the Swiss Pastoral Sociological Institute (SPI) in St. Gallen and managing director of the Pastoral Planning Committee of the Swiss Bishops Conference. In 2009 she was appointed chair of religious pedagogy and educational research at the University of Münster. From 2009 to 2017 Professor Könemann participated in the cluster of excellence "Religion and Politics", and since 2016, has been the spokesperson for the Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM).
Prof Dr rer nat Ulrich Mußhoff, born in 1956, studied biology and philosophy. After earning his doctorate in biology/zoology at the Faculty of Biology at the University of Münster in 1989, he delved into brain research at the Institute of Physiology and subsequently earned his habilitation in physiology in 1994 at the Faculty of Medicine. In 2008 he joined the Institute for Medical Education and Student Affairs (IfAS) at the Faculty of Medicine where he has since devoted himself to tasks of academic organisation, e.g. as teaching coordinator for the first study phase in "Human Medicine", degree programme supervisor for the master's programme "Experimental Medicine" and head of the "Service Point Science for Students". His extra-faculty lectures have been distinguished multiple times as "Best Lecture" by students of psychology, while his lectures on the biological fundamentals of illnesses have been chosen as best lectures by students of human medicine.
Prof Dr Ulrike Weyland was born in 1966. After completing a professional training programme in the health sector, she enrolled in a teaching degree programme for vocational schools in the subjects of career and business education, health and sports sciences. Following her studies at the universities of Hamburg and Osnabrück, she completed her in-school teacher training period (Referendariat) at vocational schools in Braunschweig in 1995. In addition to her teaching career which began in 1997, Professor Weyland regularly worked at Osnabrück University as a research associate in the area of career and business education. In 2002 she switched completely to Osnabrück University where she earned her doctorate in 2009 and worked as a research associate until 2010. From 2010 to 2015 she held the chair of pedagogy, specifically vocational education for nursing professions and pedagogical psychology, at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Since 2015 she has been a professor of educational science at the University of Münster with specialisation in career education. She is the spokesperson for the Educational Science Coordination Commission and a member of numerous committees in the area of teaching and teacher education. She has been distinguished multiple times for her outstanding achievements in teaching, most recently with the Teaching Prize of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in 2013.
Former members of the Teaching Council
Professor Dr Dr hc Klaus Backhaus (business and economics): chairman 2011-2017
Professor Dr Gereon Heuft (medicine): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Christina Hoegen-Rohls (Protestant theology): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Michael Joachim (mathematics): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Regina Jucks (psychology): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Bruno Moerschbacher (biology): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Ewald Terhart (educational science): 2011-2017
Professor Dr Hans-Ulrich Thamer (history): 2011-2017