‘Pursuing an Academic Career in Germany’: Struggles of Pursuing an Academic Career in Germany (as a Woman)
von 12:00 bis 14:00
PD Dr. Astrid Franzke (Mentoring Hessen)
Dr. Silke Rapp (JLU)
PD Dr. Birte Christ (JLU)
Dr. Elizaeth Kovach (JLU)
Silvia Casazza (JLU)
Melanie Kreitler (JLU)
Prof. Dr. Cora Dietl (JLU)
In summer term, the Equal Opportunities Committee organizes a series of roundtable discussions on “Pursuing an academic career in Germany”. The series is composed of three events, which will be bilingual and 100% virtual, and will offer the possibility of open exchange with experts and experienced researchers. The guests on the board will start with a short statement (5 to 10 minutes), and then the moderator will enhance a discussion between the members of the (virtual) board and very soon the whole group of participants. The aim is to offer a safe space for both speakers and participants to share and discuss their own experiences, questions, doubts and problems.
The third roundtable discussion organized within the series “Pursuing an academic career in Germany” deals with “Struggles of pursuing an academic career in Germany (as a woman)”, and is therefore primarily tailored to female graduate students. Nonetheless, the session will also be relevant to every graduate student, as issues concerning career management, personnel structure, alternative career paths, which are not necessarily a professorship, will be addressed. The focus of this session lies on the potential struggles and possible solution approaches to the most common hurdles in planning and pursing an academic career and professorship. Additionally, the discussion will address struggles of accommodating family and career as well as the specific obstacles of female scholars in German academia.
- PD Dr. Astrid Franzke has been associate Director of Mentoring Hessen until February 2021. Mentorin Hessen is a program that supports female students, graduate students and post-docs in their career management. She was part of aligning the conceptual and strategic focus of the first phases of the influential and successful program. In 2007, she started her work on the program ‘ProProfessur’ at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
- Dr. Silke Rapp is part of the human resources development of JLU and specifically concerned with the Postdoc Career and Mentoring Office (PCMO). Her responsibilities include career advice and mentoring of post-doctoral students. In former years she directed the mentoring program MeWisMa between Marburg and Giessen University.
- PD Dr. Birte Christ is lecturer in American Literary and Cultural Studies at the English department of JLU. She is research assistant to Prof. Dr. Greta Olson.
- Dr. Elizabeth Kovach is the coordinator of the IPP. She pursued her PhD at the GCSC and IPP on Novel Ontologies after 9/11: The Politics of Bring in Contemporary Theory and U.S.-American Narrative Fiction (2018).