Professional Background

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

03/2020—Present
Professor of media management and journalism, Media Faculty Leipzig, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
10/2019—03/2020 
Visiting professor, Department of Media and Communication, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München/Germany
2017—2020
Post-doc position, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden/Germany
2017 
Visiting professor, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden/Germany
2014—2016
Post-doctoral research fellow (DAAD), School of Communication, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH/USA
2014
Post-doctoral researcher (BMBF), Department of Media and Communication, Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart/Germany
2011—2014
Graduate associate, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden/Germany.
2008—2011
Ph.D. scholarship student (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
2007—2008
Graduate associate, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden/Germany

POSITIONS IN THE AREA OF CULTURAL & CIVIC DEVELOPMENT 

2017—2019 
Co-coordinator of the interdisciplinary and participatory art project 'Neighborhoods 2025' ('Nachbarschaften 2025', Kunsthaus Dresden)
2008—2010
News literacy education and editorial management of an extra-curricular school magazine, Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium, Dresden (with Anna-Maria Mende and Mario Cetti)
2008
Research fellow at the future lab of the Rino Snaidero Scientific Foundation, Majano/Italy
2001—2006
Project assistant in the field of cultural education and civic empowerment, Info Offspring (Adam Page, Eva Hertzsch) 

EDUCATION

2012
Ph.D. in Communication—Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden

Dissertation: “Does professionalization make a difference? A dissonance experiment on selection behaviors of journalists and non-journalists with regard to objectivity as a key professional standard” [transl.]

Advisor: Wolfgang Donsbach; co-advisor: Hans-Mathias Kepplinger
summa cum laude, book publication in 2014 (Nomos)

2006
M.A. in Communication
—Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden

Thesis: “The theory of cognitive dissonance in communication research: Past, present, and future.” [transl.]

summa cum laude

Funding & Awards

SCHOLARSHIPS 

2014—2016 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Post-doctoral research fellowship for PFAD-HEC model, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (USA)
2008—2011 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Ph.D. scholarship for Objectivity in Journalism
2008 Technische Universität Dredsen
Research scholarship for international exchange and scientific transfer, Future Lab, Rino Snaidero Scientific Foundation, Majano/Italy
2004—2006 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Student scholarship 

THIRD-PARTY FUNDING

2018—2019 European Capital of Culture Dresden 2025
Grant for developing the evaluation concept (design and measures) for European Capital of Culture Dresden 2025 (PI, with Anna-Maria Schielicke)

2015 FAZIT-Stiftung
Research grant for Journalistic Role Performance Around the Globe - Germany, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden (with Wolfgang Donsbach, Anna-Maria Schielicke)
2013 FAZIT-Stiftung & Stiftung für Demoskopie Allensbach
Research grant for Public Trust in Journalism II, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden (with Wolfgang Donsbach, Anna-Maria Schielicke, Julia Hoffmann)
2010 Förderverein des Instituts für Kommunikationswissenschaft der TU Dresden

Research grant for Objectivity in Journalism
2010 Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der TU Dresden

Research grant for Objectivity in Journalism

2009—2011 DFG
Research grant for News Use and News Knowledge of Adolescents, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden (with Wolfgang Donsbach, Mathias Rentsch, Cornelia Walter)

ACADEMIC AWARDS & GRANTS

2015 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Travel grants for conference participation: ICA annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and

AEJMC annual conference, San Francisco, CA

2013 Technische Universität Dresden
Best dissertation award 2012, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

2012 Förderverein des Instituts für Kommunikationswissenschaft der TU Dresden
Grant for TU Dresden educational workshop participation
2012 International Communication Association (ICA), Journalism Studies
ICA travel grant for participation at the ICA annual conference in Phoenix, AZ

2004 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Grant for summer school participation, “Facets of linguistic meanings”, St. Johann/Italy

2004 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Grant for language course participation, Rome/Italy

Professional Service & Affiliations 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2019—Present
Member of the editorial board of 'Media and Communication'
2019—Present
WAPOR's National Representative for Germany
2018—Present
Scientific advisory board member for European Capital of Culture Dresden 2025
2017—Present
Jury member of the annual political youth debating forum "Jugend-Redeforum" (Sächsischer Landtag/Saxon State Parliament)
2010, 2012
Member of the assessment committee for student admission, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

REVIEWER ACTIVITIES

Conferences
ICA Annual Conference
AEJMC Annual Conference
DGPuK 
IAMCR Annual Conference

Journals
Journal of Communication
Communication Research
Communication Theory
Media Psychology
Political Communication
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Journalism
The International Journal of Press/Politics
New Media & Society
International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Information, Communication, and Society
SCM - Studies in Communication and Media
Journal of International Communication
Digital Threats: Research and Practice
Analyse & Kritik

CHAIR AND RESPONDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Chair of the panel “Journalism” at WAPOR 2018
  • Chair of the panel “What’s going on in social media research?” at IAMCR 2019

DEPARTMENTAL AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2020—Present
Local Head of Media Faculty at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Leipzig
Associate Dean at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Leipzig
2018—2020
Substitute representative of the division council at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Technische Universität Dresden
Coordination of B.A. and M.A. course schedules, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden
2017—2020
B.A./M.A. thesis supervision, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden
2017
Ph.D. student colloquium coordinator, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden
2012—2014
Research library & DGPuK-Transfer coordinator, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden
2012
M.A. program co-coordinator, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden
2007—2008
Planning and organization of public events, Department of Media and Communication, Technische Universität Dresden, 2007-08

AFFILIATIONS

International Communication Association (ICA)
German Communication Association (DGPuK)
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) 
World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)
European Media Management Association (emma)