Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel – born 1961 – has held a professorship in art history at the department of art and sport sciences of the TU Dortmund since 2001. She took office as the prorector diversity management in 2011. She was re-elected prorector after having acted for five years in this role. The new term of office began on 1 September 2016.
Prof. Welzel read art history, philosophy and musicology in Bochum and Berlin, completing her doctorate at the Free University of Berlin in 1989. In the period from 1989 to 1991, she did volunteer work at Berlin's state museums and co-curated the exhibition "Rembrandt. The Master and His Workshop" (Berlin/Amsterdam/London 1991/92). In 1991, she became assistant professor at the institute of art history at the Philipps University Marburg, where she completed her habilitation in 1997. Following various temporary and guest professorships, she was appointed full professor for art history at the TU Dortmund in 2001.
Prof. Welzel is a member of various academic and scientific panels: In 2009, she became a member of the board of the German Association of Art Historians (Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker) and the national commission of CIHA (Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art). She is a liaison lecturer of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) and co-coordinator of the master’s degree program "Cultural Analysis and Cultural Education". From 2005 until 2011 she was a member of the grants committee on research training groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG). From 2012 until 2014 she acted as a project expert for "Shared Histories for a Europe without Dividing Lines" in the Council of Europe. In 2013 she joined the board of the "Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen"(Insitute for Cultural Studies Essen) and the research council at "Universitätsallianz Ruhr". In July 2015 she assumed office as president of the university council of the Brunswick University of Art.
The prorector diversity management's area of accountability encompasses all cross-departmental matters aimed at leveraging the social and cultural diversity at the TU Dortmund and at improving equality of opportunity across all levels.
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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".
Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.
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.