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Welcome to the Psychology Department

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We would like to welcome you as a new member of staff at the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Sport Sciences.

On this website, we would like to introduce you to our department and our processes, as well as introduce you to important contact persons and answer questions about studying and teaching in our department.

Our goal is to make it easier for you to get started in teaching and to learn about the structure of the faculty and the department. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Psychology Service Bureau.

Your Psychology Service Bureau

Profile and Structure of the Department of Psychology

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The Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science is one of 14 faculties at Bielefeld University. With a history of over 50 years (founded in 1971), the Department of Psychology is one of the oldest at the university. Of the more than 25,000 students at Bielefeld University, the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science comprises around 2,000 students.

The Department of Psychology consists of 20 research units (Arbeitseinheiten, short: AE),each of which is led by a professor and includes academic staff, technical and administrative staff, as well as student and research assistants. In addition, three psychotherapeutic outpatient clinics

are affiliated with the Department of Psychology: the Psychotherapy Outpatient Clinic of Bielefeld University (PAdUB), the Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents (HaKiJu) and the University Outpatient Clinic for Neuropsychological Psychotherapy (NeuroPABi).

The research units provide the teaching for the Bachelor's degree programme in psychology as a core subject, with the profiles "Psychology" and "Psychotherapy", the bachelor's degree in psychology as a minor subject, as well as three Master's degree programmes:"Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy", "Applied Psychology: Diagnostics, Counselling and Training", "Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology". Doctoral students are trained within the research units (PhD). The research activities of the Department of Psychology are divided into two main areas:


Life Perspectives: Opportunities and Adversities (Life Chances)

The research focuses on the conditions and subjective representations that influence the lives of individuals and groups. It examines how individuals and groups experience, process and cope with their social circumstances and how they develop over the course of their lives. In this context, the focus is on processes of personality and identity development, learning, the psychological and social regulation of life experiences as well as coping with illness. Intensive cooperation exists with the Faculties of Sociology, Health Sciences, Economics and Education.


Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS)

The research focuses on the neurocognitive principles of human information processing and the interaction of natural and artificial intelligent (cognitive) systems in relation to the healthy and affected brain. The research areas cover all aspects of human information processing, from attention processes, memory and language, to emotion and motion. Intensive collaborations exist with the Center of Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) and the von Bodelschwinghschen Stiftung in Bethel, Bielefeld.

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The faculty is led by the dean's office, which consists of a dean and a vice dean, who are elected for two years by the faculty conference. The dean of studies is responsible for matters regarding teaching.

Currently Prof. Dr. Elke Wild (left) is dean, Prof. Dr. Bernd Gröben (center) from the Sports Science Department is vice dean and Dr. Stefanie Riedel (right) is dean of studies.

Britta Kortstiege is the dean's office secretary. Among other things, she is responsible for organizing departmental committees, filtering requests to the dean's office, and processing vacation requests and disability notifications.

Hedda Schäfer is in charge of the examination office (Prüfungsamt) with support from Manuela Masjosthusmann.

She is responsible for all processes related to examinations and is therefore the most important contact person when it comes to the coordination of examination dates, the registration/booking of exam results, questions regarding examination law or problems with students as well as individual decision-making.

The faculty budget is managed by Yvonne Deller as budget officer. The faculty budget is managed by Yvonne Deller as budget officer. She is approached when it comes to issuing keys (e.g. for the offices and faculty rooms) or orders and invoices paid from the faculty budget (e.g. office supplies, business trips). She also handles paperwork related to the hiring of academic support staff (students). Please note that key issues and procurement activities of any kind must be registered in advance by your AE secretary.

Inka Reden is responsible for questions concerning third-party funded projects. She provides advice on applications for third-party funded projects, forwards applications to the university's central research department (FFT), and assists with project calculations. Bettina Wolf is responsible for personnel processing in the department.

Heike Hartwig-Jakobs is responsible for course planning and room reservations for courses in the Psychology Department. Please note that planning for the respective winter semester takes place in April and for the respective summer semester in October.

The service bureau, managed by the dean of studies, Dr. Stefanie Riedel is also part of the dean's office. This includes Yasemin Öztürk, for the academic advisory service, Christine Seipel for the QM-coordination and for the course evaluations (LVE) and Sarah Keil for the academic advisory service, the QM-coordination and the central course allocation. Yasemin Öztürk and Christine Seipel are also responsible for the Erasmus-coordination of the Psychology Department.

Cornelis Holtkamp is responsible for all questions concerning departmental IT-Support.

Among other things, they manage the faculty's websites, order computers and software, set up e-mail accounts, and install computer programs. They are also to be contacted if access to internal documents or drives is to be authorized.

The chair of the Equal Rights Commission (GleiKo) in the Department of Psychology is Prof. Dr. Friederike Eyssel; the Equal Rights Officer is Dr. Alexa Weiß.

Other functionaries are, our Library Officer Prof. Dr. Sakari Lemola, our eLearning-Officer Sarah Keil, our PhD Coordinator Prof. Dr. Stefan Fries, our Information, Communication & Media Officer (short: IKM) Prof. Dr. Axel Mayer and our Data Protection and Information Security Coordinator (short: DISK) Swantje Meyer zur Heide.

The contact details of all employees can be found in the Directory of Persons and Institutions (PEVZ) or linked to the names of the respective functionaries as above.


If you wish to take a vacation, this must first be discussed within the AE with your supervisor and, if necessary, within the team. After your supervisor has signed your vacation card, it will be handed in to your AE secretary's office and signed off in the dean's office. If the secretary's office is on vacation, the vacation card can also be handed in directly to Britta Kortstiege in the dean's office.

Vacations may not be taken without approval, so you must have the signed vacation card before you begin your vacation.

During your absence, it is important that you set up an auto-reply in your mailbox indicating the period of absence and that you will not be responding to mails.


Incapacity to work notification

In case of incapacity for work, send an informal e-mail to krank-gesundmeldung-psychologie@uni-bielefeld and put the respective AE secretary's office and your supervisor in the cc.

A reason for the incapacity for work does not have to be given. If the incapacity for work lasts longer than 3 calendar days (weekends count!), a medical attest must be submitted to the dean's office. When resuming work, a "notification of health" must be sent to the same contacts.


Attendance recording for academic staff

As an academic staff member, you also have the option of participating in attendance recording via SAP,

if you are employed according to the definition of the LPVG NRW. If you are employed according to the definition of the HG NRW attendance recording won’t be possible for you. In case you are interested, please contact your superior first. The application for participating in time tracking must be signed by your superior and submitted to the Human Resources Department. 


Submitting requests for business trips

The expense account must be coordinated with your superior beforehand. You can get support from your AE secretary's office. Information on the travel expense workflow and instruction videos can be found here.

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology, which can be studied as a major single-subject variant or as a minor subject The following three Master's degree programmes are offered since the winter semester 2022/23:


Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology

Within the major single-subject Bachelor's programme in Psychology, either the profile "Psychology" or the profile "Psychotherapy" can be studied (see module list).

Within the Psychology profile, three out of four different applied disciplines (Clinical Psychology of Children, Adolescents and Adults, Educational Psychology, Organisational and Applied Social Psychology, Neuroscience) can be chosen.

Within the psychotherapy profile, the applied field of clinical psychology for children, adolescents and adults is compulsory; two further applied subjects can be chosen from the remaining three (see above). This profile qualifies for the Master's programme in Psychotherapy and has professional recognition in accordance with the Psychotherapists' Act and the Licensing Regulations for Psychotherapists in Germany. This enables students to complete their degree in psychotherapy. Approximately 140 students are admitted to the B.Sc. programme in Psychology every year.


Master's degree programme in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

The Master's programme in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (module list)

qualifies students for the state examination for licensure as a psychotherapist in Germany.  In terms of a science-practitioner model, the degree programme strives for a close link between scientific work and clinical-psychological practice. The clinical-psychological focus of the degree programme offers an overview of the basics of psychotherapy as well as a deeper understanding of individual disorders and procedures, considering the current state of research. It enables in-depth study with a focus on the following areas:

  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents
  • Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy

Due to the broad clinical infrastructure (psychotherapeutic and neuropsychological university outpatient clinics), students can be offered intensive supervision.

The annual number of students admitted to this Master's programme will be increased consecutively from approx. 60 to 90 students. The responsible person for this Master's programme is Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner.


Master's degree programme in Applied Psychology: Diagnostics, Counselling & Training

The Master's programme in Applied Psychology (module list)

provides prospective psychologists with a professional, methodological and practical education that ideally prepares them for a wide range of occupations in the field of organisation and education as well as for further academic qualification. The degree programme combines the applied psychological subjects of educational psychology and work and organisational psychology in an innovative way. The degree programme offers three specialisations from which students can choose two majors:

  • Pedagogical and educational psychology
  • Work, organisational and social psychology
  • Training and further education

Approximately 30 students are admitted to this Master's programme each year. The responsible persons for this Master's programme are Prof. Dr. Elke Wild and Prof. Dr. Günter Maier.


Master's degree programme in Psychology with focus on Experimental Psychology & Neuroscience

The Master's degree programme in Psychology with focus on Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (module list)

deepens and enhances the knowledge of the methodological foundations of psychology, computer-assisted data collection, modelling and analysis of data, survey planning and answering evaluative questions, within the scope of the thematic orientation regarding neuroscience. Furthermore, advanced psychometric principles of psychological diagnostics, the deepening of the theory, construction and application of psychological tests as well as recent developments in test theory and test construction are taught.

Approximately 20 students are admitted to this Master's programme each year. The responsible persons for this Master's programme are Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider, Prof. Dr. Johanna Kißler and Prof. Dr. Gernot Horstmann.

Boards, Commissions and Committees

Beyond the content structure, a number of committees and commissions

determine the formal structure of the faculty, including, i.e. the department committee and the faculty conference.

The work at the faculty is shaped by numerous commissions, which are appointed by the various status groups (usually for two years, student representatives for one year). The central committee in which departmental decisions are agreed upon is the department committee. Faculty-related topics that also affect the Department of Sport Sciences are discussed in the faculty conference.

The faculty welcomes a broad discussion on the topics, so you are welcome to attend the meetings. Invitations are sent out in advance by email. Agenda items (Tagesordnungspunkte, short: TOP) can be registered with the Dean's Office secretary's office.

The AA is the central committee within the Psychology Department. This is where all central topics concerning the psychology department are discussed and agreed upon. This includes, among other things, changes in study programmes and teaching guidelines, the approval of the teaching plans, discussion and agreement on job advertisements, new professorships and permanent positions in the department, as well as current reports and announcements from the Department of Psychology. Recommendations for the faculty conference regarding appointment list decisions are also pre-negotiated here. Only elected members of the AA are entitled to vote.

The AA usually meets three times per semester, on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. The AA is chaired by the dean of the department (currently Prof. Dr. Elke Wild).

The FaKo is the central decision-making committee of the faculty, and therefore concerns not only the Psychology Department, but also the Sports Science Department. All decisions made by the department committees on their own behalf, especially regarding appointment procedures, must be decided there in accordance with the Higher Education Act.

The Faco usually meets three times per semester, on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. The FaKo is chaired by the dean of the department (currently Prof. Dr. Elke Wild).

In addition to the formal bodies, various status groups meet independently. The Mittelbau meetings bring together all academic staff and research employees. The Mittelbau meetings usually take place once a semester or on specific occasions. Topics include current events in the faculty or department as well as upcoming events relevant to the Mittelbau.

The current representatives of the Mittelbau are Dr. Veit Kubik and Anna-Lena Kato-Beiderwieden.

The examination board is currently chaired by Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider. The Examination Committee meets as required and deals with, i.e., objections to the refusal of admission to the Master's programme, objections to grading, special applications from students, setting criteria for general regulations in studying and teaching and examinations, problem cases with teachers/students, examination dates and the approval of examination lists. A member of the Mittelbau is also represented on the examination board.

The LeKo is chaired by Dr. Stefanie Riedel. Within the LeKo, i.e., dates for courses and examinations are coordinated in advance in order to prevent dates from overlapping. If you would like to move your course to a new time slot, please contact Dr. Stefanie Riedel so that the LeKo can coordinate the dates correspondingly.

This committee is chaired by Prof. Dr. Stefan Fries. Topics include admissions to PhD procedures, examination issues in PhD procedures and proposed amendments to the PhD regulations.

The university is provided with funds that are allocated for the purpose of improving the quality of teaching. These "QV funds" are to be used to support and supplement mandatory teaching. This makes it possible, for example, to finance external teachers or tutorials from these funds. A temporary application procedure is carried out each semester, of which all lecturers are informed by mail. The QuaKo, in which the students have the majority of votes, unlike in other commissions, screens and evaluates the applications. A final decision is made by the dean. The chair is held by Prof. Dr. Sakari Lemola.

The Equality Commission is also a permanent commission at the faculty. It is responsible for gender equality at the faculty and thus strives to reduce unequally distributed chances. The work focuses, i.a., on optimising the general conditions that enable an improved work-life balance as well as career perspectives for women and men in the faculty. A gender equality plan is developed for each three-year period, which both evaluates the previous plan and defines the projects for the next reporting period.

The Equality Commission meets irregularly as required, but at least once a year. The chair of the GleiKo is currently Prof. Dr. Friederike Eyssel.

With the establishment of the central Ethics Commission of Bielefeld University (EUB), the Ethics Commission of the Department of Psychology has discontinued its work. Please send applications for the evaluation of research projects only to the EUB. On their website you can find all necessary information for your application.

The Academic Advisory Board meets as required when new degree programmes are introduced or there are changes to existing degree programmes. The Academic Advisory Board must first approve changes or the introduction of new degree programmes before they can be voted on in the other committees. The Academic Advisory Board is chaired by the Dean of Studies Dr. Stefanie Riedel.

In the university-wide and centrally organised Research Commission, research priorities are defined and applications for funds from the Rectorate's strategic budget are discussed. The FoKo meets about twice a year. The Research Commission is chaired by Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Gerlinger.

Organisation of teaching

The module handbooks serve as the framework for teaching. The degree programmes have a modular structure and usually consist of several courses that are taught either parallel or throughout the semesters. Individual AE are often responsible for teaching certain modules. While lectures are the central form of teaching in some modules, in other modules teaching is mainly carried out in seminars or projects. The specific implementation (on the basis of the module handbook) is up to the module coordinators. You can find more detailed information on the structure, content, module coordinators and coursework/examinations to be taken in the module lists (please refer to the links under "Study programmes in the Department of Psychology"). The module handbooks, on which the study/examination requirements are based, represent a mandatory guideline for the structure of teaching.

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Course planning takes place with a lead time of about half a year. Accordingly, the course planning for the respective winter semester takes place in the preceding April and for the respective summer semester in the preceding October.

Based on the module handbook, the courses are transferred centrally by Heike Hartwig-Jakobs, into the eKVV (electronic course catalogue). Every semester, lecturers receive an e-mail requesting them to report changes since the previous year, as well as information on the procedure for registering courses. At this point, detailed course planning takes place in the AE. It is determined who teaches in the corresponding semester with which thematic focus in the modules as well as in which form the examinations and/or course work are to be completed (e.g. presentations, written examination, etc.; here, too, the module handbook content is relevant and mandatory). Usually, the date of the course is taken over from the previous year, as the compulsory courses have to be coordinated in order to avoid scheduling conflicts. If you would like to schedule your event in a different time slot, please be sure to speak with Dr. Stefanie Riedel, who chairs the course planning meetings, so that the dates can be coordinated accordingly

As part of this initial planning, an estimate of the required room size is also made. This planning process is organised by Heike Hartwig-Jakobs, who also takes over the coordination in case no room is available on the desired date. The rooms for the courses are allocated centrally in a multi-stage procedure. Sometimes dates have to be rescheduled if there are capacity shortages.

You can view your own courses after registering with your university login in the eKVV under "My courses". Heike Hartwig-Jakobs is responsible for all questions relating to curriculum planning and room allocation. In addition, most AE have a curriculum coordinator who can also be contacted if you have any questions.

The actual design of the content of the courses is in the hands of the teachers, on the premise that the aspects specified in the module handbook are incorporated. In some AE there are teaching briefings on this subject; it is best to speak to your colleagues in this regard.

In the department, we are trying to make learning and teaching possible even in small groups, despite the fact that the number of students has increased in recent years and will continue to increase in the future. For this purpose, parallel seminars are provided in some modules, and tutorials are offered in other modules to support the learning process. Practical research projects are also conducted in smaller groups. For the assessment of examinations, you can refer to the guidelines of the AE or to the evaluation forms for theses. For the evaluation of examinations, a maximum period of six weeks after the completion of the examination by the student is specified.

The options for examination forms in each module are specified in the module handbook of the respective degree programme. While so-called “Studienleisungen” (SL) only have to be completed but not graded, “Prüfungsleistungen”/examinations  (including partial examinations) have to be graded (1.0; 1.3; 1.7; 2.0 ... 4.0, 5.0 or pass/fail). At the beginning of the course, the requirements for the completion of the coursework and/or examinations must be communicated and explained to the students by the respective lecturer. Examination dates are announced in advance within the Teaching Commission to ensure that coordination is possible and to prevent dates from overlapping, and are published in the eKVV in the course of the semester. For examinations, oral examinations and similar examinations, a second date is also offered in each Semester.

As mentioned above, a maximum period of six weeks after the student's completion of the examination is specified for the evaluation of thr examination.

The grades are then registered in the eKVV by the respective lecturer or the AE secretary's office under the corresponding course code and student ID and forwarded to the examination office. You can find further information as well as instructions for the eKVV here.

Bielefeld University aims to make exams easier for students. Therefore, exams can be retaken as often as desired. The best grade then counts in each case. The number of exam attempts is documented and appears in the transcript with the grade.

The electronic course catalogue eKVV contains all courses. These are registered by Heike Hartwig-Jakobs in the course of the planning of the curriculum. The entry in the eKVV is a prerequisite for the allocation of a room for the course. Via the eKVV you can contact the students of your courses via e-mail. A collective e-mail address will be set up for each course. You can set up Moodle (see explanation below) for each course, where you can share documents, for example. You also use the eKVV to register students' grades, as described in the previous paragraph.

Moodle is a virtual offer in the eKVV that is linked to a specific course. This is where lecturers can make documents or further virtual support available to participating students. You can access Moodle via the eKVV entry of the respective course. To use the eKVV as an extended teaching platform, you can use Moodle. There you will have further possibilities of using the eKVV.

Furthermore, the video platform "Panopto", the digital pinboard "padlet", the ePortfolio "mahara" and of course "Zoom" for online meetings, are available to support your teaching. Further information on the learning platforms and contact information for the support of our TiL team (TiL = Technology in Teaching) can be found here.

Since the winter semester 2018/19, the department of psychology has been evaluating its courses via the "EvaSys" platform - a completely digital solution for implementing LVE in all common course formats.

Currently, the evaluation directive specifies that all lecturers must evaluate at least a quarter of their courses per academic year. This requirement is implemented in the Department of Psychology by an evaluation rhythm in which the AE are compulsorily evaluated in a rotating three-semester-cycle. Courses of the AE that are scheduled to be evaluated in the current semester will each automatically participate in the evaluation. Lecturers from all other AE also have the opportunity to sign up for a voluntary LVE for their courses each semester. The evaluation period in the Psychology Department begins in the second-to-last week of lectures (except for block seminars) and runs for three weeks.

The organisation of the LVE is managed by the evaluation coordinator of the Department of Psychology (currently Christine Seipel), who will inform you about the LVE in an email at the beginning of each semester. The lecturers do not have to make any further arrangements within the framework of the LVE, except maintaining the participation management in the eKVV, insofar as this has been activated. The assessment of the evaluations is also carried out automatically within the EvaSys system and is sent to the respective lecturers in the form of PDF reports.

For the LVE, standardised basic questionnaires were developed in the Psychology Department for the different course formats. Due to the integration with the eKVV, the correct questionnaire version is automatically applied for the individual course. In addition, all lecturers always have the opportunity to add their own questions via the so-called "Meldemaske", which can, for example, relate to individual aspects of the course.

Further information on the subject of LVE as well as templates of the different basic questionnaires can be found here.

The possibility for students to individually complement their study course is a distinctive profile feature of the Bielefeld Study Model. It enables students to complement their studies specifically according to their interests and thus also to attend courses in other degree programmes. General information on IndiErg can be found here. Information on IndiErg in the Department of Psychology can be found here

Exchange and advice at university level

The university has numerous offers to support teaching and to develop didactic skills. A central service point is the Personnel Development for Researchers and Lecturers, or "PEP" for short. The offer ranges from two-hour introductory events, e.g. on lecture auditorium technology or working with Moodle, all ther way to a comprehensive certificate in university teaching. Coaching for new lecturers is also offered. The PEP programme is sent regularly to all lecturers by e-mail. You can also view the programme here.


Overview of university offers

On this website for new colleagues at Bielefeld University you will find important information on getting started. Additionally, the following university offers can be helpful for employees:

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