Claudia Riemer (born 1965 in Aalen, Württemberg) has been Professor for German as a Foreign and Second Language at the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies since 2002. After graduating in German as a Foreign Language, German Studies and Sociology (in 1991), she received her PhD in German as a Foreign Language in 1996 at Bielefeld University. She undertook postdoctoral research at the Central Institute of Foreign Languages (Zentrales Fremdspracheninstitut) at the University of Hamburg, where she also finished her post-doctoral habilitation.
Claudia Riemer's research interests focus on applied linguistics (Sprachlehr- und -lernforschung), second language acquisition, principles of teaching German as a foreign and second language and research methodology. In 1999 she was awarded the „Göttinger Preis für Fremdsprachenerwerbsforschung“ (an award in the field of second language acquisition research). Amongst others, Claudia Riemer is the scientific head of the projects MIKI (a survey on Bielefeld´s preschool language training for children with migrant background), „Förderunterricht für Schülerinnen und Schüler nicht deutscher Herkunftssprache“ (remedial teaching for pupils whose first language is not German) and „PunktUm/ Beratung und Training für internationale Studierende“ (counselling and language training for international students). Claudia Riemer is engaged in DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) funded projects e.g. with the University of Yaoundé/Cameroun (since 2013). She worked as visiting scholar or guest lecturer (2011 et seqq.) in Antananarivo/Madagascar, Athens, Bozen, Budapest, Fribourg, Irkutsk, Madrid, Minsk, Odense, Peking, and Shanghai. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (since 2011) an was member of Goethe Institute's Advisory Board “Language” 2008-2014.
Since 2002 Claudia Riemer has taken an active part in the academic self-administration of Bielefeld University on both department and university level. She has been Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching since 2009.