Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design
I am the rector of the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design and professor for visual arts teaching and learning. With its broad spectrum of disciplines (architecture, art teacher training, art history and conservation, design, fine arts, stage- and costume design) and its roughly 950 students, ABK Stuttgart is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. ABK is entitled to award doctoral degrees.
Before joining ABK Stuttgart in 2013, I was head of the art teacher training programs at Bern University of the Arts and, previously, the Institute Art Education at ZHdK. I received my education from Bern University, Prague Academy and Oxford University. Given my background as an art teacher, illustrator and art historian, I enjoy working in multidisciplinary contexts, and at the intersection of theory and practice.
My current research focusses on professionalism in art teacher education. Together with a group of doctoral students, we study motivational and dispositional aspects of career choice and student development, as well as professional identity building at the intersection of fine arts and education. Last but not least, I am a member of the German Rectors Conference, as well as some advisory boards and expert panels in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. For the past five years, I have been member and chair of the ELIA Academy steering committee.