Academia - Fit for Teaching and Leadership

The Academia training path offers postdoctoral candidates and junior professors a comprehensive framework for pursuing a career in higher education and other scientific institutions. It consists of a basic training program for teaching duties and an advanced training option for the successful realization of managerial responsibilities in university and non-university research institutions.

The program Academia consists of the two modules

  • „Fit for Teaching“ (Teaching Professionals Programs)
    • The application deadline for the round 2021/22 has expired.
  • „Fit for Leadership in Academia and Research“
    • No new announcement planned for the moment.


Module „Fit for Teaching“

The Teaching Professionals programs help you to develop your teaching skills through many new ideas and experiences. Together with other university lecturers from different disciplines you will go through a compact annual program and strengthen your teaching and examination skills. In addition to the workshops on modern teaching planning and design, you are supported through collegiate consultation. An experienced university lecturer acts as a mentor and accompanies you during the subject-specific transfer to teaching practice.

You will get new ideas and opportunities to reflect on your teaching practice. You increase your teaching methods portfolio, combine research and teaching better and optimize your teaching.

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Modul „Fit for Leadership in Academia and Research“

After successful completion of one of the Teaching Professionals programs, the advanced training module „Fit for Leadership in Academia and Research“ allows you to extend the particular skills needed for executive positions in academia or other scientific institutions. For instance, you can broaden your eligibility for professorship by choosing specific topics out of a range of subjects, such as "Führung aktiv gestalten", "Arbeitsrecht im Wissenschaftsbetrieb", "Betreuung von Promovierenden". You will learn how to actively and effectively perform leadership responsibilities and acquire an individual portfolio for leadership positions in the scientific field.

Please note, that this module is only available in German language.

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Further offers on leadership topics

In our offer of workshops you will find e.g. under the category "Management Skills" a wide range of leadership topics. Just have a look around here.

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Contact person: Caroline Babbe

Potsdam Graduate School


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