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Prof. Dr.

Susan Harris-Huemmert

  • Abteilung "International Educational Leadership and Management" - Leiter*in
  • Institut für Bildungsmanagement - Leiter*in
+49 7141-1401718


Susan is Professor for Educational Leadership and Management at the Ludwigsburg University of Education. She is Head of the Department of International Educational Management and director of the INEMA degree programme.
She studied German and French literature and language at the University of Manchester and then completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford. Following an international career in teaching, publishing and a break for motherhood, she completed her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in 2010 on the work of evaluators of higher education in Germany using a case study of a large evaluation of educational science in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Susan has worked on longitudinal research on the academic identity of doctoral students and conducted further research on behalf of the Academic Administration Division of Oxford University.
After two periods of employment at the German Universities of Bamberg and Würzburg (2010-2015), she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow/assistant professor at the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer (2015-2020), where her research interests focussed on higher education systems, the quality of higher education and the student experience within it, addressing issues such as academic identity and the acquisition thereof. Her Habilitation focusses on the management of university infrastructure (buildings, construction, maintenance and governance) from an international perspective. During this time she became Project Coordinator of the BMBF-financed research project “KaWuM - Karrierewege und Qualifikationsanforderungen im Wissenschafts- und Hochschulmanagement”, a collaboration between the Humboldt University and the iubh Bremen (€ 740.000,00, June 2019-May 2022) (www.kawum-online.de). She was also a Senate member and deputy equal opportunities officer.
Susan is a Governing Council member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and joint chairman of the working committee on higher education within the German Society for Evaluation (DeGEval). She is co-publisher of the academic journal Qualität in der Wissenschaft (QiW) and reviewer for various international journals.

Areas of interest and research

  • Professor for Educational Leadership and Management
  • Head of the Department of International Educational Management
  • Director of the INEMA degree programme

Curriculum vitae

2021- W3 Professor of International Education Leadership & Management,
Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
2015-2020             Post-doctoral Research Fellow / Assistant Professor,
German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
2011-2015 Department 1.1 Planning & Quality Management;
Service Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning
University of Würzburg
2010-2011 Department of Planning, Controlling and Quality Management
Quality management, evaluations, committee work,
University of Bamberg
2008-2009 Student Services & Administration,
University of Oxford
Learning Institute,
University of Oxford
2005-2009 Doctor of Philosophy,
Department of Education & New College,
University of Oxford
1993 Master of Philosophy (research degree),
University of Manchester
1986 Postgraduate Certificate in Education P.G.C.E.,
Department of Education & New College,
University of Oxford
1981-1985 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), German Language & Literature,
University of Manchester


Key aspects of research and work

Governance of higher education, higher education administration, international educational systems, quality management, processes in education, scientific writing and publishing.

Professional affiliations

Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE https://www.srhe.ac.uk/)

Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung (GfHf https://www.gfhf.net/)

Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval https://www.degeval.org/home/)

German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (https://www.hochschulverband.de)


You can find publications here.


For more information about teaching click on this link.

Doctoral research

Doctoral student

Christian Fulterer „Education for Sustainable Development in the Management and Politics of Higher Education in the German state of Baden-Württemberg“

Probationer doctoral students:

Marvin Roller „Developing a framework for agility needs in higher education processes“ (working title)

Anup Tiwari „Imported Early Grade Reading Programmes in Nepal: policy, processes and impact“ (working title)

Naseem Akhtar (working title pending)