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The Faculty of Management, Economics, and Society is active in civil society and assumes social responsibility. Its mission is to have a positive societal influence and develop sustainable solutions for the grand challenges of our time. To meet this mission, the Faculty seeks to understand complex phenomena from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. It values research, teaching, and societal work equally. The Faculty is committed to a diversity in perspectives and to a methodological pluralism in research. Teaching focuses on the future skills of the workforce to enable and prepare students for solving societal challenges and life-long-learning. Consequently, students are enabled to develop creative problem-solving skills, connect with corporate practice, critically reflect on theories, and improve their social competences as well as communication skills. The Faculty encourages researchers, students, and employees to be innovative big-picture thinkers that positively and sustainably contribute to the shaping of our community and society.

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Society currently invites applications for the position of a

Professorship in Practical Philosophy (f/m/d)

(equivalent to W3 pay scale)

to be filled at the earliest possible date and for an initial term of five years.

The professorship will be set up within the Department of Philosophy, Politics & Economics. The department seeks faculty with demonstrated capacity for research, teaching, and outreach at the highest levels in their discipline. In teaching and research, the PPE Department aims to enable students to understand, explain, and responsibly shape transformative processes in the economy, politics, and society of a globalised world.

Your tasks


To complement the department’s scientific perspectives and methodological spectrum, we are looking for a promising candidate with a background in Practical Philosophy and a specialisation in Global Justice, and/or Ethics and Economics (incl. normative aspects of philosophy of economics), and/or Data Ethics. Applicants must demonstrate a track record of excellent research by outstanding and also internationally visible publications. A habilitation ("second book") or proof of adequate habilitation-equivalent achievements is required. Experience with the successful acquisition and implementation of competitive third-party-funded projects is expected. The candidate should have very good international contacts and regularly participate in international research networks. In addition, the applicant should also demonstrate connectivity in research and teaching to the other research fields of the department. Applications are sought from eminent candidates, who can enhance the department’s societal impact in transformative teaching and research. The willingness to cooperate on an inter- and transdisciplinary basis is expected.


To enable students to reach their full potential, the Faculty’s teaching is done in interactive seminars and small class sizes. We expect candidates to offer modules in their area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate level. We specifically seek candidates who promote innovative high-quality and didactically high-level teaching and learning methods that foster students’ sense of personal responsibility. Furthermore, candidates are required to teach classes in German and in English. In the case of non-native speakers, the willingness and ability to teach in German is expected three years after appointment (the University provides support for this endeavour).


In addition to the general requirements in accordance with § 36 of the NRW Higher Education Act, successful candidates have to furnish proof of teaching aptitude, exceptional competence in academic work, and further academic achievements, in general by holding a junior or assistant professorship, a postdoctoral university lecturing qualification (Habilitation) or by proving an equivalent academic achievement.

In teaching, experience with and promotion of innovative teaching and learning methods fostering students’ personal responsibility are explicitly welcome.

We offer

  • A stimulating and uniquely inspiring working environment for inter- and transdisciplinary research at the international level
  • The chance to teach small seminar groups of international students in our innovative Bachelor's and English-language Master's programms in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
  • Reconciliation of work and family life (flexible working hours)
  • 30 days of annual leave and extra days off (additional time off: from 24 to 31 December, plus three extra days/long weekends)
  • Occupational pension scheme and disability insurance
  • Extensive training programms
  • Promotion of environmentally friendly means of transport (bicycle leasing, electric car rental)
  • Discounted local public transport ticket
  • Wide variety of culinary offerings available at our Cafeteria at reduced rates
  • Various sports activities available for staff


Please submit your application including appropriate documents (CV, outlining education and academic career, list of publications and taught courses, experience obtaining external funding, copies of all diplomas and certificates) as well as an outline explaining how your research and teaching shall contribute to and shape the profile of the Department of Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Witten/Herdecke University (4 pages maximum) online by

March, 31st 2022

For any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Erik Strauß (

Witten/Herdecke University explicitly fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion ( We are committed to create a diverse environment across campus, and value the competence and special skills our members contribute, e.g., due to their age or physical abilities. We proactively strive to increase the share of women in our scientific and academic staff.


Die Universität Witten/Herdecke lebt den Vielfaltsgedanken ausdrücklich ( Sie verfolgt das Ziel, die Vielfalt ihrer Mitglieder zu fördern und berücksichtigt die Kompetenzen und Besonderheiten, die diese z.B. aufgrund ihres Alters oder ihrer körperlichen Konstitution mitbringen. Eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils am wissenschaftlichen Personal wird proaktiv angestrebt.