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Prorector Diversity Management: Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel


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. Wenzel 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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