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Programme: Green Light for Female Professors

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Working as a university lecturer offers great variety and diversity. However, women are still underrepresented in this profession; even if they have the same or better qualifications as male candidates, they are less likely to choose this career. With the programme "Green Light for Female Professors", the H-BRS would like to encourage women with a doctorate from the field to get to know the individual steps of an appointment procedure.

The 4-part workshop series "Green Light for Female Professors" at Sankt Augustin Campus is expected to take place on the following dates:

  • 1st kick-off event: Tuesday, 14 May 2024, 18:00 to 21:00
  • 2nd workshop - 1.5 days: Friday, 24 May 2024, 14:00 to 18:00 / Saturday, 25 May 2024, 10:00 to 18:00
  • 3rd workshop: Saturday, 15 June 2024, 10:00  to 18:00
  • 4th workshop: Saturday, 29 June 2024, 10:00 to 18:00

Programme overview

This event provides an overview of all aspects of the appointment procedure at universities in NRW. The H-BRS is thus fulfilling its statutory equal opportunities mandate. If you intend to fulfill §36 of the Higher Education Act in the foreseeable future and would like to prepare yourself for an appointment to a professorship, you are very welcome to attend.

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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schaub, founding rector of Berlin Metropolitan UAS and Alumna „Green light“ (back left), lecturer Dr. Sylvia Löhken (front left), Dr. Barbara Hillen-Haas (front right) with participants

1st workshop: Kick-Off Event

  • First getting to know each other.
  • During the break, a small snack will be served.
  • Kick-off: "Appointment procedure and application documents" (with Dr. Barbara Hillen, Equal Opportunities Officer).
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2nd workshop: Trial lecture (1.5 days)

A major hurdle on the path to vocation is the mock lecture. What methods are appropriate? How should the event be divided? How does the dialogue with the students succeed? And most importantly, how does the applicant come across? This 1.5-day workshop will address these questions. Each participant gives a (short) presentation during the event and receives 360-degree feedback on her impact. After the event, the participants are not only oriented about the "rules of the game" of the mock lecture, but also know specifically what they should work on for their own appearance.


3rd workshop: Status communication

This one-day workshop focuses on communication situations that is stress ful for many female scientists in the application process. How do I deal with critical and sensitive questions? How do I behave when it seems to be no longer about the matter at hand? What signals should I (not) send as an applicant in order to appear convincing? After the workshop, participants will know how to use the rules of status communication to win the sympathy and respect of their counterparts. In particular, they have trained how to deal with critical situations in the mock course and in the job interview. Previous participants reported that they can also apply what they have learned well in other everyday situations.

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4th workshop: Appointment interview

The appointment interview with the commission members has a particularly important function in the application process. In this workshop participants learn about what they should pay particular attention to in terms of content and strategy during preparation, try out strategies for typical questions for the respective situation, and practice critical points of the interview in teams using case studies. After this one-day event, participants will feel more confident, know what to look for, and be able to support each other in preparing for real-life situations. For this module, a female professor will be invited to report from her own process. This is at the same time a networking opportunity within "Green light" that nicely concludes the series and promotes contact between the cohorts.

Further information

The number of participants is limited to twelve and the series will only take place with a minimum of nine participants. We expect commitment and active participation from all participants. There is a cost contribution of 150.00 Euro/person. The workshop leader is Dr. Sylvia C. Löhken. The seminars will take place on the Sankt Augustin campus in room A 102.

Registration deadline: April 15, 2024 (binding)

The next 4-part workshop series "Green light for female professors" at the Sankt Augustin campus (May-June 2024) is open to anyone (f/d) interested in a professorship. Would you like to take part and find out more about how to overcome the hurdles on the way to a professorship in the best possible way? Then please register with Ms. Wolff by April 15th, 2024.

Do you have any questions?

Christina Wolff (DE)

Christina Wolff

Employee Equality




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