Recruitment of Teaching Professionals at PhD Level in the Field of Social Work, Health and Childhood Education

Project duration: 01/12/2019 - 30/09/2020

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Bettina Völter with the support of Sieglinde Machocki Head of Planning and Research

Project staff: Dr. Joachim Kuck , Sven Gramstadt

Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin (ASH Berlin) is a renowned state university of applied sciences for social work, health, and childhood education (abbriviation in German: SAGE). The academization process in these disciplines proves to be challenging due to the difficulty to attract and retain qualified young professionals for professorships. There are many reasons for this: The SAGE subjects are rarely represented at universities as specialist disciplines nationwide and an independent UAS doctoral law is largely missing. Graduates from ASH Berlin who want to do a doctorate at a universities usually have to change their subject, find a university supervisor, often meet special requirements and do without a UAS co-Supervisor in the doctorate. There is also a risk that professors from UAS will change to universities due to the better general conditions. ASH Berlin is responding to these challenges with the planned project.
For this purpose, a data-based strengths and weaknesses analysis is carried out in the first step. The necessary data will be collected by means of document analysis and interviews with university professors, academic staff, master students, the Diversity Commission and members of the university management. Based on the strengths and weaknesses analysis and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders at the ASH Berlin, a concept for recruitment and qualification of professorial staff will be developed. The concept serves as a basis for an application for funding in the subsequent implementation phase, which will be discussed in the Academic Senate and with the university management and finalized by the academic staff.
As a result of the project, a university-specific, diversity-oriented strategic plan for the recruitment and the development of professorial staff in the SAGE disciplines is expected.

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Keywords: University of Applied Sciences, University Lecturers, Personnel Recruitment, Personnel Development