Tübingen School of Education (TüSE)

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Peter Drewek, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Retired Head of the Bochum Professional School of Education

I am pleased to be able to accompany the Tübingen School of Education in its founding phase and to contribute my experiences from establishing the Bochum Professional School of Education. With its environment in education research and the systematic inclusion of subject didactics, sciences and humanities, and educational sciences, which is unique in Germany, the Tübingen School of Education aims at a strongly research-based, yet still practice-oriented teacher education with model character.

After studying pedagogy, German studies, sociology and philosophy at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Peter Drewek received a doctorate in educational science in 1980. After several years as executive director of a DFG Collaborative Research Center, he was university assistant at the Free University of Berlin from 1985 to 1990. After his habilitation, Prof. Drewek held a professorship for “School Pedagogy and School History” from 1990 to 1994 and “Educational Science with a Focus on Educational Theory” from 1994 to 2000, before taking over the chair for “General Pedagogy with a Focus on Educational Research” at the University of Mannheim from 2000 to 2010. From 2005 to 2008, he was also prorector for research. After this, Prof. Drewek was the founding dean of the Professional School of Education at the Ruhr University of Bochum from 2010 to 2015.

Christian O. Erbe

President of the Reutlingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)

I am happy to be involved in the Advisory Board of the TüSE because good teacher education includes sound knowledge of economic events. Teachers play a very important role in the education of our future professionals. Through my participation, I want to contribute to preparing these professionals well for their later career entry.

Christian O. Erbe was born in Tübingen in 1961. After finishing school and studying in Karlsruhe and Berlin, he began working for Erbe Electro-Medicine GmbH in 1992, a family-owned company founded in 1851 and active worldwide in the field of medical technology. In 2003 he took over full responsibility for the consortium in Tübingen. Since 2004, he has been active in the board of the Electromedical Technology Association of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) as an honorary member, taking over its chairmanship in 2014. He has been a member of the General Assembly of the Reutlingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce since 2005 and was elected its president in 2010. Erbe is also involved in the committees and advisory boards of colleges, universities and basic research institutions, and is a specialist judge for commercial law at the Regional Court of Tübingen.

Ida Willumeit

Head of Training Marketing at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)

Christian O. Erbe has appointed Ida Willumeit as his permanent representative.

I am happy to be involved in the Advisory Board of the TüSE because teachers are particularly close to our hearts. They educate the experts and executives of tomorrow. Supporting teachers effectively in this is our joint task. As a matter of principle, teachers should be held in as much esteem as possible. This includes in-depth teacher education that imparts not only specialist knowledge but also a great deal of pedagogical know-how. The future begins at school. Of that we are convinced.

Ida Elena Willumeit M. A., born in Stuttgart in 1967, studied general rhetoric and German language and literature in Tübingen (Magister Artium). She has been with the IHK Reutlingen since 1999, initially working in press and public relations and as personal assistant to the management board. Since 2003 she has been working in the field of training and has been team leader for training marketing at the IHK Reutlingen since 2011. Training as consultant and trainer (MCSL). Ida Elena Willumeit is married and lives in Tübingen.

Prof. Dr. Mareike Kunter

Director of the Department of Educational Quality and Evaluation DIPF
Leibniz Institute for Human Development and Educational Information

I am happy to be involved in the Advisory Board of the TüSE because I consider teacher education to be one of the most important courses for improving the quality of education. A particular concern of mine is drawing on empirical evidence when discussing contents and structures, and providing this evidence through my own research.

Since May 2020, Mareike Kunter has been director of the Department of Educational Quality and Evaluation at the DIPF | the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, and professor for empirical education research with a focus on professional pedagogical action at the Goethe University Frankfurt. From 2010 - 2020, she was a professor of educational psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt. After studying psychology at the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg, she was a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, working in the research area Educational Science and Educational Systems (headed by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Baumert) in the projects PISA and COACTIV. She gained her doctorate and habilitation at the Free University of Berlin. Teacher education is a core topic of her work, both in the context of her research and through her teaching activities.

Dr. Susanne Pacher

Department President, Department 7, Tübingen Regional Council

I happy to be involved in the Advisory Board of the TüSE because good schools are close to my heart and good teaching staff is the most important basis for this.

Susanne Pacher, born in 1963, passed her first state examination for teaching at the upper secondary stage at the Georg-August University in Göttingen in 1988, after studying mathematics and geography. This was followed by a doctorate at the Universities of Salzburg and Göttingen on the settlement of the Eastern Alps until 1991. Dr. Pachner decided against a university career in favor of school. After her traineeship, she taught at the Christoph-Schrempf-Gymnasium, Besigheim. From 1996 onwards, she was a consultant at the Media Department of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, and from 2001 to 2006, the first director of the Baden-Württemberg State Media Center.

Since September 2006, she has headed the Department of School and Education at the Tübingen Regional Council. The department is responsible for approximately 250,000 students and 24,000 teachers.

Prof. Dr. habil. Bernd Ralle

Retired Professor of Chemistry and its Didactics at the Technical University of Dortmund

It is exciting for me to follow the development of teacher education at other universities and to support them with advice and action. Teacher education at the University of Tübingen is particularly interesting, as the didactics of sciences and humanities are newly established here and are breaking new ground in the existing environment. Together with the management of the TüSE, they have set ambitious goals. I am curious to see how these plans develop.

Bernd Ralle studied biology and chemistry at the Universities of Münster and Oldenburg, and completed his 1st and 2nd state examinations for the higher teaching profession as part of the single-phase teacher training program. He completed his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat) dissertation in Oldenburg in the field of inorganic chemistry.  From 1984 to 1993, he was teacher and head of department at the Cooperative Comprehensive School in Rastede, and habilitated in the didactics of chemistry at the University of Oldenburg in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, he was C3 professor for chemistry and its didactics at the University Osnabrück, at the site of Vechta, where he was also prorector for research and the promotion of junior researchers.

In 1997, he was appointed to a C4 professorship for chemistry and its didactics at the Technical University of Dortmund. There he was, among other things, head of the Center for Teacher Education (ZfL) and dean of the Chemistry Faculty for nine years. Ralle retired in 2018, but continues to follow teacher education in Germany through a range of tasks.

Dr. Dagmar Wolf

Head of Education at the Robert Bosch Foundation

Good schools need good teachers who have comprehensive knowledge of subject didactics so that they can support the constructive learning of their students. Teacher education is not purely subject-based. We need strong centers which broaden the sciences and humanities to include the perspective of subject didactics. For me, the TüSE is such a place, which, through networking, gives subject didactics a lobby to make schools fit for the future.

Dr. Dagmar Wolf, Study of teaching at the Pedagogical University of Weingarten. Doctoral fellow in the subject area pedagogical psychology in a research and junior research group of Baden-Württemberg at the Pedagogical Universities of Weingarten and Ludwigsburg on subjective theories and effects of cooperative forms of learning. Completion of doctorate in 2013. Activities as teacher, as academic councilor in the subject educational science in the further education and training of teachers, as Advisor for Political Principle in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, and as director of a home special education school for physically disabled students. Head of Education at the Robert Bosch Stiftung since 2015.