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About us

Teaching Centre
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Teaching skills and proof of teaching experience are not only an important precondition for an academic career but are also valuable key skills for almost all areas of work and life. The Teaching Centre is responsible for training the doctoral researchers of the GCSC to become the university teachers of the future and supporting them in their first higher-education teaching experiences. Our classes and events, designed to qualify doctoral researchers in the study of culture to teach, offer not only the opportunity to become familiar with participant-based and task-based approaches to teaching and learning, but also useful support in planning and running own courses. The focus here is on developing professional teaching ability, analysing problems within teaching and learning, and reflecting upon the teaching experience.


Learning to Teach − What we Offer

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We provide ample opportunity to (post-)doctoral researchers of JLU’s faculties 03, 04, and 05 to gain competences in higher education teaching. Whether you are a sociologist, a historian, a linguist, or a literary scholar – our workshops are tailored to the needs of all those in the study of culture:

  • An introduction to participant-based and task-based approaches to teaching and learning as the optimal preparation for running seminars
  • A curriculum aimed at qualifying PhD candidates for teaching
  • Experience in teaching through the participation in the Co-Teaching Programme and a lecture or workshop series, in which doctoral candidates present core themes of their disciplines, aided by professors and the Teaching Centre staff
  • Individual support and advice with the actual planning and running of courses
  • Examples of materials available for download, such as PhD students’ tried and tested examples of syllabi and ideas for seminars
  • Support in creating a Teaching Portfolio to evaluate and record teaching experiences
  • University Teaching Certificates as official Teaching Centre documentation of the skills gained



For questions, information and suggestions please contact us!

Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12

35394 Gießen

Phone: +49 641 / 99-30 027

Fax: +49 641 / 99-30 049






Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hallet, university lecturer in the field of English language and literature didactics, the Teaching Centre of the GCSC celebrated its opening ceremony in December 2007 as a new institution for the didactic training and further education of (post-)doctoral students in the study of culture at JLU.


AG Hochschuldidaktik Literaturwissenschaft

The Teaching Centre built on the experience and preliminary work of the working group "University Didactics Literary Studies" ("Hochschuldidaktik Literaturwissenschaft"). The working group saw itself as an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the specific problems of literary didactics in planning and conducting seminars and events at the university. It was founded in September 2004 by doctoral students of literary studies (among others Dorothee Birke, Stella Butter and Monika Sproll).

On November 14 and 15, 2008, the working group organized the workshop "Lehr-Stücke" - Ideen und Erfahrungen zur Verbesserung der Hochschullehre (Teaching Pieces - Ideas and Experiences for the Improvement of University Teaching) at the GCSC, for which a publication was also produced, presenting suggestions for university teaching in literary studies and contributions to a discussion on didactic goals and methods.


Conferences and Publications of the Teaching Centre

06.-07.Juli 2017: Surveillance Cultures


The contributions in this volume "Fachdidaktik als Kulturwissenschaft" are dedicated to the dialogue and bridging between literary studies, cultural studies, and teaching practice by discussing central concepts of cultural studies and their didactic relevance in an exemplary way.

Based on the doctoral students' lecture series "Key Topics in English and American Studies", two issues of the series 'Key Topics' have been published. The contributions present overviews of central topics and areas of English and American literature and linguistics from a cultural studies perspective.
  • Sonja Altnöder, Wolfgang Hallet, Ansgar Nünning (Eds.) (2010): Key Topics in English and American Studies / Schlüsselthemen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik. In collab. with Stefanie Bock und Meike Hölscher. Trier: WVT.


10.-11. Juni 2010: Teaching Literature and Culture in Higher Education

Teaching Literature and Culture in Higher Education. Hochschuldidaktik in den Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften (10.-11. June 2010)

Werkstatt-Treffen: Kulturwissenschaften (summer/winter term 2016)

The series consisted of workshops offered by GCSC postdocs in collaboration with non-university collaborators. The planning process was framed by an introduction to the didactics of public science communication for cultural studies.

Modelle öffentlicher Wissenschaftskommunikation

Modelle öffentlicher Wissenschaftskommunikation. In Coop. with the University of Koblenz-Landau (24. November 2016)

The Teaching Centre is committed to strengthening science communication - not only through undergraduate teaching, but also with regard to an interested public outside the university. Therefore, the conference was not structured as a classical academic conference, but as an exchange with practitioners from culture and science journalism on the public impact and relevance of cultural studies research.  Programme

Surveillance Cultures. International Conference (6.-7. July 2017)