Since it was founded in 1991, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (FHP) has become a hands-on participant in the knowledge landscape of the region. With 350 employees, at the present time we are guiding around 3,800 students on 34 Bachelor’s, Master’s and diploma courses offering lasting career prospects. Our strengths are clear structures, small seminar groups, innovative digital courses, a practical orientation, interdisciplinarity and close partnerships between teachers and students.

The Department of Social and Educational Sciences intends to fill the following post for the winter semester 2023/24:

Professor for Inclusive Work with Disabled People
and for Diversity (W 2)
Reference 35/2022

(The post is a full-time position with eighteen weekly contact periods per semester).

The post holder will have responsibility on our Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes for Inclusion and Diversity as subjects for teaching and research and will take part in further developing the Department of Social and Educational Sciences with respect to Inclusion and Diversity. In this regard our approach is based on an extended definition of inclusion, which combines the concepts of inclusion as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and diversity as a sociological category of analysis of discrimination / anti-discrimination concerning all people, makes it a research topic and applies it - including digitally - in the field of work of youth and integration support.

We are offering the opportunity to take independent responsibility for teaching and research in your subject on the programmes offered by the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and to develop your own research priorities. You can look forward to highly sought-after degree programmes, motivated students from different social and cultural backgrounds, open-minded colleagues with a diverse range of expertise, as well as opportunities for cooperation with public and private institutions and bodies involved in politics, administration, industry and social welfare in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region.

Suitable candidates will - in addition to meeting the conditions of employment as set out in § 41 para. 1 points 1 to 3 and 4b of the Brandenburg Universities Act (BbgHG) - fulfil the following requirements:

  • at least three years of professional experience in Social Work, of which the majority will have entailed inclusive integration support work with individuals,
  • a relevant completed university degree, preferably in the field of social science, educational science or humanities,
  • particular accomplishments in the application of scientific knowledge in at least one of the two subject areas (development and pilot projects, evaluation studies etc.),
  • teaching and research experience plus publications, preferably on participatory research, disability studies, inclusive theories and practices of child, youth and integration support, digital participation/inclusion, alternatively in social justice research or participatory, anti-discriminatory subjects,
  • experience in teaching in English.

Furthermore, we would like you

  • to further develop our didactic principle of research-led teaching through specific research and transfer activities that closely dovetail with your teaching,
  • to be open to developing digital teaching formats,
  • to contribute to interdisciplinary courses,
  • to demonstrate commitment to continuing to shape our focus on “educating society”,
  • to further develop our regional and international partnerships in teaching, research and practice, to bring a passion and capacity for teaching, research, transfer and academic self-governance and inclusive subject area development as well as experience in the acquisition and execution of research and practical development projects.

It may be possible to employ you with civil servant status, provided that you meet the requirements for this.    Note: in the state of Brandenburg, alongside a basic salary, "W" salaries include additional basic performance components. More detailed information on this and the formal conditions of employment in the Brandenburg Universities Act can be found here: .

We would like our university to reflect the diversity of society, and we support equality of opportunity

We seek to achieve a balanced gender ratio in all areas. For this reason we particularly welcome applications from qualified female candidates, and we will give preferential consideration to women demonstrating equal suitability, skills and professional performance in areas where women are under-represented.

We expressly invite candidates with a migration background to apply and will also be pleased to receive applications from abroad. Please note that our programmes are taught in either German or English.

Furthermore, we have also set ourselves the target of increasing the proportion of people with disabilities in our employment. Please notify us of any disability in your letter of application. In case of equal suitability, disabled persons will be given preferential consideration.

We look forward to receiving your application, which we ask you to send to us by 30.09.2022 exclusively via our online application portal ( Alongside the usual application documents (curriculum vitae, certificates and references, a list of publications and projects, proof of professional and teaching activity ideally with evaluation results), please append to your application two publications by you that are relevant to the professorship, together with a teaching and research plan. Please draw up your teaching plan based on one of the modules from the on-campus BA programme in Social Work (BASA). Please present your ideas concerning our “Educating Society” profile area in your research plan (see Structure and Development Planning of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences . If you have any enquiries please contact the Dean of the Faculty.

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