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HTW Dresden/Sebb

Practice-oriented teaching - The professorship at HTW Dresden

For me, the professorship is my dream job. I can teach young people about mathematics and at the same time work in research. At HTW Dresden, that's a wonderful combination.

Prof. Elena Klimova, Mathematics & Analysis

    Teaching at a university of applied sciences (UAS)

    What characterizes the professorship

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    Teaching is passion

    The professorship at HTW Dresden is just right for people who want to accompany the educational processes of young people with their experience and knowledge. Because with usually 18 semester hours per week, teaching significantly shapes the daily work of our professors.

    The professorship is not only a profession, but for most of them it becomes a vocation, because the activity is characterized by meaningfulness, variety and future orientation.

    Particularly in the later specialization subjects, the study groups are quite small, so that as a professor you can significantly accompany and lead the development of our highly qualified junior staff. This entails a lot of responsibility, but at the same time opens up great opportunities.

    Need support?

    Our professors receive support and advice on the professionalization of teaching from the Teaching Team. You can find more information about the specific offers and events of the Teaching Team on the website.

    Application-oriented research

    Teaching and research at HTW Dresden are closely linked and strongly practice-oriented.

    The direct transfer of knowledge and technology plays a major role in the research activities of HTW Dresden and usually takes place in close cooperation with partners from industry and business. Our scientists support companies in developing innovations and advancing technologies.

    As a professor, you can independently set up and lead a research group, establish cooperations with industrial partners, acquire new research projects and support and supervise young scientists, for example in the form of cooperative doctorates.

    Do you have any questions?
    The Prorectorate Research and Transfer provides comprehensive support and advice to researchers, for example on topics such as funding programs, intellectual property rights, research data management or cooperative doctorates. Find an overview of all services on the website of the Prorectorate.

    Future-oriented focus

    Our scientists do not see themselves solely as drivers of innovation and committed to gaining knowledge. They are equally interested in solving application-oriented problems relating to the economy, ecology and society. This is another reason why we as a university community see ourselves as having a collective responsibility when it comes to contributing to the necessary change by consciously using the resources available to us and by changing our own behavioral patterns.

    Therefore, our activities in teaching and research are oriented towards three interdisciplinary profile lines:

    • Securing the natural basis of life
    • Development of sustainable mobility and infrastructure
    • Design, networking and digitization of the economy and work.

    In short, we specifically train specialists who will help shape our world for the benefit of future generations and find economic-technical, ecological and social solutions to the problems of today.

    Family-friendly university

    Family friendliness is an important factor in university life. That is why we actively promote family-friendly study and working conditions, especially to support university members with children and/or caregiving responsibilities.

    For example, in addition to counseling services and flexible work models, we provide breastfeeding and diaper-changing facilities as well as a mobile play box on campus. Employees who also take on the care of relatives in addition to their professional activities receive the necessary support from us, both in acute/short-term and longer-term care situations.

    Since 2014, HTW Dresden has been certified as a family-friendly university and was awarded the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" certificate.

    Further information on the topic can be found on the equal opportunities pages.

    Flexibility & plannability

    Hardly any other profession offers as much freedom as a professorship. With flexible working hours, you can flexibly and freely arrange your activities within the professorship and also the organization of your free time as well as personal matters.

    The scheduled courses within the semester offer you a high degree of planning and security. Our colleagues in the scheduling department take into account your wishes as to when lectures, seminars and practical courses should take place.

    In addition, there is a lot of free space and time for personal projects, especially during the lecture-free period after the summer semester. Be it the optimization of your teaching, personal development or full concentration on your research projects - you decide!

    Self-determined work

    Our professors especially appreciate the independent and autonomous work at HTW Dresden. For you, this means in concrete terms: You freely design the courses according to your own ideas and set priorities.

    You yourself decide on your research topics and decide on the scope of your research. Specialization on certain topics in terms of your own professional interests is welcome at our university and is actively supported.



    The path to the UAS professorship

    There are many career opportunities after a doctorate: A professorship at a university of applied sciences (HAW) is a very special one.


    Recruitment requirements

    Section 59 of the Saxon Higher Education Act provides information on the formal requirements that must be met in order to be appointed as an HAW professor. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    (1) A completed university degree,


    For a professorship at HTW Dresden, you will have a university degree as a basic requirement.


    (2) pedagogical aptitude and knowledge of higher education didactics,


    You will demonstrate your pedagogical aptitude through initial teaching experience, which may include teaching courses and supervising and reviewing student theses and dissertations.


    (3) special aptitude for scientific work, usually demonstrated by the quality of a doctorate, or special aptitude for artistic work; and


    The successfully completed doctorate qualifies you for scientific work. Exceptions are subject areas in which the doctorate is rather uncommon. There, among other things, artistic productions can be recognized as doctorate-adequate achievements. At HTW Dresden, this usually concerns the Faculty of Design.


    (4 c) special achievements in the application or development of scientific knowledge and methods in a professional practice of usually five years, of which at least 3 years must have been spent outside the university sector; self-employed and freelance activities are also considered as professional practice.


    For a successful application for a professorship, you will have at least five years of professional experience. Of these, at least three years must have been completed outside the university environment. This means that as a post-doc you must first have left the university and continued your scientific work, for example, in a non-university research institution, in the private sector or even in the civil service



    Step by step to the professorship



    On the one hand, I am very pleased to be able to pass on the know-how I have acquired in industrial practice to inquisitive young people in the 2nd half of my professional life. On the other hand, I appreciate the opportunity to address new scientific and technical challenges in teaching & research.

    Prof. Ralf Boden, Faculty of Electrical Engineerin

    Procedure of an appeal

    ► We are looking for professors

    We advertise the professorships that are to be filled. You can find them under vacancies for professors. The appointment committee consists of representatives of the faculty, a member of the university management as appointment representative, equal opportunity representatives, the representative of the severely handicapped as well as students.

    ► Application period

    You apply for a suitable position. Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt from the Department of Human Resources. All applications will be forwarded to the appointment committee only after the application deadline.

    ► You introduce yourself: Trial teaching session and interview

    If you meet the appointment requirements, you will be invited by the appointment committee to give a trial lecture. Here you can convince us of your qualities in teaching. Afterwards, we will get to know you better in a personal interview and learn more about your professional career, your goals and your expertise. Your open questions will also be clarified during the interview.

    ►Selection procedure: Preparation of a list proposal

    The appointment committee draws up a list proposal with usually three selected persons. If you are part of this list, we obtain external expert opinions on you and prepare an appointment proposal. The appointment report and the list proposal are submitted to the board of trustees no later than nine months after the end of the appointment period.

    ►Call allocation and appeal hearing

    If all committees agree, the first-placed candidate will be informed of their appointment to HTW Dresden. The other candidates on the list will also receive feedback on their placement. This is followed by the appointment negotiations with the Rector of our university, in which, among other things, the equipment of your professorship, professional and personal matters as well as personal remuneration are negotiated.

    ►Call acceptance and setting

    If you accept the appointment, you will be appointed and sworn in by the Rector. As a rule, you will be appointed at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. If you meet the legal and personal requirements, you may be appointed as a civil servant for life. If this is not possible, the applicant will be hired as an employee. All other applicants in the procedure will receive a letter of rejection from the Human Resources Department.



    Advice from our equal opportunity officers

    Equality consulting services

    You can obtain advice from our Equal Opportunity Officers before and during the appointment process. You are also welcome to take advantage of our continuing education and training offers for female applicants and scientists.

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    Tips on how to apply - How to be successful in the appointment process

    Application documents

    Your way to a professorship at HTW Dresden starts with an application to a current job advertisement. Your application documents should highlight your personality and, above all, your suitability for the advertised position. Clarify your qualifications and clearly highlight your strengths, competencies and professional focus.

    Your application should include the following documents:

    1. Cover letter
    2. (Tabular) curriculum vitae
    3. Diploma, Bachelor's and/or Master's degrees and certificates
    4. Doctoral degree certificate or documentation of the status of the doctorate*.
    5. Proof of professional experience, e.g. by means of work references
    6. Lists of
      • Publications or lectures (list of publications)
      • Lectures held
      • If applicable, further relevant information and special achievements, e.g. on third-party funding, projects, awards, supervised theses, etc.
    *If you have not yet completed your doctorate at the time of application, please add a corresponding certificate on the status of the process and the probable date of completion to your documents. In the cover letter, you should be sure to point out that you will submit the missing documents without delay.


    Trial course

    If your application documents are convincing, you will be invited to a trial teaching event and a subsequent interview with the appointment committee. Use this appointment to demonstrate your scientific or artistic qualifications as well as your university teaching skills. The trial lecture is open to the public and includes a subsequent discussion with the auditorium.

    This is what makes a good lecture - 
    Recommendations for the mock lecture:

    • Consider the requirements and information from the invitation letter. Keep to the time frame and pay attention to the composition of the audience. If you are missing important information for the preparation of the presentation, please be sure to seek contact with the Appeals Committee.
    • Present in a clear and understandable manner. Keep your target audience in mind; not all of them are specialists in the field of the appointment you have announced.
    • Convey an authentic insight into your didactic skills and inspire the audience for your presentation topic.
    • Use your practical experience to enhance the presentation topic.
    • Use open questions and involve the audience in your presentation - maintain eye contact.

    Getting to know each other personally in the interview

    The interview with the appointment committee usually takes place after the trial teaching session. We want to get to know you better and learn more about your personality, your professional career, your scientific qualifications as well as your competencies.

    To prepare for the interview, we recommend that you visit the homepage of the HTW Dresden as well as the respective faculty and filter out important information. You should have developed an idea of which courses you can cover, which research projects you have in mind, and to what extent you are willing to get involved in academic self-administration.

    Come across as confident, open-minded and friendly. By asking questions or expressing ideas, you underline your interest in the professorship and the work context. Your open questions will also be clarified in the interview, so think about some questions about the university, faculty and teaching area in advance.



    Fit for the professorship

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