Monitoring Appointment Procedures

Quality Assurance of Professorial Recruitment Processes by Officers for Appointment Procedures at German Universities

Start of the project: 01-Jun-2019 - End of the project: 31-May-2022

The project examines the (procedural) quality assurance in appointment affairs provided by officers for appointment procedures at German universities. Following the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities on the organisation of appointment procedures in 2005, officers for appointment procedures are understood as persons “taking on responsibility for the appropriate and smooth run of the proceedings as representatives of the university administration”. In the project context, officers for appointment procedures are considered second-level observers who perform duties of quality assurance in appointment procedures and – depending on the remit of their positions – various additional tasks in supervising the processes. These tasks range from identifying funding structures for new professorships, and initialising and implementing strategic measures of personnel recruitment to taking on a bridging function between administration and sciences or central and decentral university stakeholders in the appointment process.

The project aims to reconstruct the establishment of new types of functions and roles of the “Officer for Appointment Procedures” and to gain information for answering the general question about the institutionalisation of news tasks at the interface of science and administration in the German higher education sector. In the course of the transformative project, the project will cooperate with the department for appointment matters at Leibniz University Hanover. A contribution to the quality development of appointment procedures is made by facilitating the development of a country-wide network of officers for appointment procedures.

This research project is conducted in cooperatoin with Leibniz University Hannover.

Lead Researcher

Bernd Kleimann
PD Dr. Bernd Kleimann Lead Researcher +49 511 450670-363


Anna Gerchen Lisa Walther

External Contact

Press contact

Daniel Matthes
Daniel Matthes +49 511 450670-532
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Funded by

Bundeministerium für Bildung und Forschung

In cooperation with

Leibniz Universität Hannover