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Vice Presidents Elected by the Senate of Chemnitz University of Technology

Senate of Chemnitz University of Technology elected Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel as Prorector and confirmed Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze and Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl in office

On April 25, 2023, the Senate of Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC) elected the former Dean of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel, as Vice President and confirmed Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze and Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl in office.

Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel will take over the Vice President’s Office for Research and University Development in the future. As Vice President for Research, she succeeds Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, who was not available for a further term of office in order to be able to devote more time to his professorship in the future.

The Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification, Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze, and the Vice President for Academic and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, were confirmed in office.

The members of the Senate thus followed the proposals of the President, Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, for appointments to the vice president offices. Prof. Strohmeier was able to propose a maximum of three vice presidents to the Senate on the basis of the currently applicable legal situation.

The newly elected and two confirmed vice presidents, together with President Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, who was appointed for a second term on April 1, 2023, and the acting Chancellor Thomas Lang, form the new University Management of Chemnitz University of Technology.

Introduction: The new vice president and the two re-elected vice presidents of Chemnitz University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel, Vice President for Research and University Development

Anja Strobel was born in 1974 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, today's Chemnitz, and studied psychology at TU Dresden until 1998. She received her doctorate in 2004 and held a Junior Professorship for Process-Oriented Diagnostics from 2010, which was successfully evaluated in 2012. Since 2014, Prof. Strobel has been head of the Professorship of Personality Psychology and Assessment at Chemnitz University of Technology. The focus of her research is the investigation of conditions, consequences, and the assessment of (un-)ethical behavior of employees in organizations as well as the development, assessment, and practical significance of cognitive investments. In the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center 1410 Hybrid Societies, Prof. Strobel is a member of the board. She leads the research consortium's graduate school and is involved in a subproject on responsibility in hybrid societies. In the 7th appointment period (2020-2023), she served as an elected representative of psychology on the Council for Social and Economic Sciences. As a member of the scientific advisory board of Forum Assessment e.V. and in the context of person-based licensing for occupational aptitude diagnostics according to DIN 33430, she is committed to ensuring high-quality diagnostic processes and a close integration of research and practice. After activities, among others, as Dean of Studies or on the faculty's Ethics Committee, Anja Strobel was Dean of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences from 2019 until her election as vice president.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze, Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification

Uwe Götze completed the first phases of his academic career at Georg August University in Göttingen, where he studied business administration, received his doctorate, and completed his habilitation. Since 1997, he has been the head of the Professorship of Management Accounting and Control at Chemnitz University of Technology. Here, he teaches and researches in the classic fields of business administration, such as cost accounting and management, investment accounting, strategic management and control, as well as interdisciplinary topics, especially at the intersection of business administration and engineering. This included subprojects in the Collaborative Research Center H A L S - High-Strength Aluminum-Based Lightweight Materials for Safety Components - the eniPROD cluster of the state excellence initiative, and the federal excellence cluster MERGE. In connection with these and other research projects, as well as student education, Prof. Götze has shaped the transfer of knowledge into business practice in various ways. In the area of academic qualification, he was instrumental in the development, introduction, and implementation of part-time Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. He has also been involved in academic self-administration as a member of the Faculty Council, Senate, and University Council, as Vice Dean, Dean of Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Economics. Prof. Götze is also an honorary professor at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, in Romania.

Since 2016, he has been Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification and, since 2017, Deputy President of Chemnitz University of Technology. During his term of office, he has overseen the implementation of a transfer audit, the establishment of the TUClab to support start-up activities from within Chemnitz University of Technology, the integration of the Patent Information Center and the Enterprise Europe Network project into the Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, the development and implementation of a new concept for the company networking fair TUCconnect, and the introduction of internal and external exchange formats (in particular TUCtransferforum, Wirtschaftsforum) for transfer. One of the main focuses is the establishment of a research campus, the Smart Rail Connectivity Campus (SRCC), in Annaberg-Buchholz with the acquisition of funding of approximately 15 million through the BMBF funding program "WIR! - Change through Innovation in the Region" and approximately 10 million for the establishment of a 5G communication infrastructure along the existing test track by the BMVI. In collaboration with the city of Annaberg-Buchholz and DB RegioNetz Verkehrs GmbH/Infrastruktur GmbH Erzgebirgsbahn, a network of approximately 150 companies, research institutions, and municipalities has been formed. At the suggestion of the President, Prof. Götze was also appointed to the Economic Advisory Board of Chemnitz Mayor Sven Schulze.

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs

Maximilian Eibl, born in 1969 in Bochum and raised in Trier, studied Information Science at the University of Regensburg from 1989 to 1995, as well as Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and the University of Sheffield (UK). From 1996 to 1999, he was a research assistant at the German Social Science Infrastructure Services (now GESIS) in Bonn, where he researched interactive information retrieval. After completing his doctorate in computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau, he became a senior staff member of GESIS at the Berlin branch in 2000. During this time, he held teaching positions at the Universities of Koblenz-Landau and Hildesheim, as well as at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2006, he accepted the Professorship of Media Informatics in Chemnitz. His research focus is on information retrieval and human-computer interaction. From 2006 to 2013, he was Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Computer Science. Before his first election as Vice President for Academic and International Affairs in 2016, Prof. Eibl had been a member of the Senate of Chemnitz University of Technology since 2014 and a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Computer Science since May 2006. He is a reviewer for the DFG, BMBF, and the Franco-German University, a university network that promotes cooperation between Germany and France in the higher education and research sector. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, before being elected Vice President for Academic and International Affairs at Chemnitz University of Technology later that year.

During his term of office, he oversaw the expansion and transformation of the Quality Management for Teaching and Studies into a study success management system, including the adoption of the teaching mission statement, the introduction of the annual student survey TUCpanel to capture the study situation and student satisfaction, and the successful completion of the system accreditation process.

In addition, Prof. Eibl provided crucial impetus for the establishment and development of an international higher education alliance of ten partner institutions under the umbrella of the European Cross-Border University - ACROSS, which is coordinated by Chemnitz University of Technology and aims to develop a unique European higher education area of border universities, culminating in the application as a European University. Furthermore, under Eibl's leadership, Chemnitz University of Technology successfully participated in the Internationalization of Universities re-audit by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). He also initiated the development of an international alumni strategy and the introduction of a visiting scholar program to promote tandems of Chemnitz professorships and international guests. Prof. Eibl also supported the establishment of the Digital Teaching and Studies task force, which bundles activities for the digitalization and internationalization of studies at Chemnitz University of Technology. This includes the introduction of the TUCdigital format as a university-wide discussion forum for further training of teaching staff and the further development of teaching at Chemnitz University of Technology. Prof. Eibl also initiated the Student Recruitment task force, from which several comprehensive study advertising campaigns, an ongoing video series presenting various degree programs, and the TUCdiscover project, which coordinates these activities.

(Article: Matthias Fejes / Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Mario Steinebach

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