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Senate and University Council Elect Four New Rectorate Members

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Group photo of the elected Rectorate in a lecture hall. © Oliver Schaper​/​TU Dort­mund
The new Rectorate of TU Dort­mund University from 1 September (from left to right): Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers, Prof. Nele McElvany, Prof. Tessa Flatten, Prof. Wiebke Möhring, Prof. Gerhard Schem­becker and Prof. Manfred Bayer.

On Friday, 3 July, the University Elective Assembly of TU Dort­mund University elected four new rectorate mem­bers: Professor Wiebke Möhring, Professor Nele McElvany, Profesor Tessa Flatten and Professor Gerhard Schem­becker. They will take up office on 1 September together with Professor Manfred Bayer, the new President. Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers, whose second term of office will last until 2022, is also a member of the Rectorate.

The mem­bers of the Senate and the University Council of TU Dort­mund University came together under strict hygiene rules in the Main Lecture Theater for the meeting of the University Elective Assembly. Wearing a mask when entering the University’s premises and keeping an ap­prop­riate distance apart when seated has meanwhile become routine. The public watched via livestream. This was also how the committee had already elected physicist Professor Manfred Bayer as President on 24 April. It was now convening at his suggestion to elect a team of vice presidents.

Bayer’s proposal for the four departments – Academic Affairs, Research, International Relations and Finance – met with very wide approval among the University Elective Assembly: Elected were Professor Wiebke Möhring from the Institute of Journalism, Professor Nele McElvany from the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS), Professor Tessa Flatten from the Faculty of Business and Economics and Professor Gerhard Schem­becker from the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering. Together with physicist Professor Manfred Bayer as President and lawyer Albrecht Ehlers as Chancellor, from 1 September they will form the Rectorate of TU Dort­mund University. As usual, the areas of res­pon­si­bi­li­ty will be set down in the business allocation plan at the constituting meeting. When asked, Bayer stressed that diversity management was important to him and that this area would be staffed with competent colleagues in the Rectorate.

Looking forward to working together in future

“I’m very pleased that I could recruit these four dedicated people – although I’ve never made a secret of the fact that rectorate offices cost time,” said Professor Bayer. “I value the experience they are contributing as TU mem­bers in the areas of academic affairs, research, finance and especially in­ter­na­tio­nal relations. And I’m excited about exchanging new ideas – unconventional ones too.” “The composition of the new Rectorate replicates very well the variety of subjects at TU Dort­mund University,” said Professor Lorenz Schwachhöfer, Chairman of the Senate. “I’m looking forward to working with them in future.” Professor Ernst Rank, Chairman of the University Council, also congratulated them on their election: “I wish the new Rectorate every success in further optimizing already good conditions for students and staff at TU Dort­mund University and at the same time strengthening our considerable research potential.”

Short portraits of the four new rectorate mem­bers

Portrait photo of Prof. Wiebke Möhring © Nikolas Golsch​/​TU Dort­mund

Professor Wiebke Möhring, born in 1970, will be responsible for Academic Affairs. She was appointed as Professor for Online and Print Journalism at TU Dort­mund University in 2016, having previously been professor at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts for seven years. As a member of the examination board for journalism degree programs, she is already familiar with the contents of many programs in other faculties via the minor subject agreements. From 2018 to 2020 she was managing director of the Institute of Journalism.

Portrait photo of Prof. Nele McElvany © Roland Baege​/​TU Dort­mund

Professor Nele McElvany, born in 1977, will in future be in charge of Research. She was appointed as Professor for Empirical Educational Research at TU Dort­mund University in 2009. She was previously a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin for seven years. Her main research interest is the reading skills of children and adolescents. She heads the in­ter­na­tio­nal education study PIRLS in Germany and is also involved in other collaborative projects. Prior to her nomination as vice president, she was a member of the Senate of TU Dort­mund University for two years.

Portrait photo of Prof. Tessa Flatten © Roland Baege​/​TU Dort­mund

Professor Tessa Flatten, born in 1980, will establish International Relations as a separate de­part­ment within the Rectorate. She was appointed as Professor for Technology Management at TU Dort­mund University in 2015, having previously worked as an economist at RWTH Aachen University. She has many in­ter­na­tio­nal contacts in the USA, Asia and Russia, among others, and has been a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, for ten years. She has been collaborating with St. Petersburg Uni­ver­si­ty since 2017 and is helping, for example, to organize a con­fe­rence on the topic of digitalization. At TU Dort­mund University she is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Entre­preneur­ship & Transfer (CET) and of the IT & Media Center (ITMC).

Portrait photo of Prof. Gerhard Schembecker © Oliver Schaper​/​TU Dort­mund

Professor Gerhard Schem­becker, born in 1963, will be Vice President Finance. He was appointed as Professor for Plant and Process Design at TU Dort­mund University, his alma mater, in 2005. He was previously managing director in several in­ter­na­tio­nal start-ups. He is also Chief Financial Officer in his role as president of the UA Ruhr Liaison Office in New York. As Vice-Dean of Budget and Structure of the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, he is very familiar with the budgeting model of TU Dort­mund University. Prior to his nomination as vice president, he was a member of the Senate of TU Dort­mund University for four years.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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