Prof. Ph. D. Erwin Tschirner

Prof. Ph. D. Erwin Tschirner

Professor

Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Grammatik und Angewandte Linguistik
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 1005
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37571
Fax: +49 341 97-37596

Professional career

  • since 10/2008
    Gerhard-Helbig-Professor of German as a Foreign Language (C4), Herder Institute, University of Leipzig
  • since 01/2008
    Adjunct Professor of German as a Foreign Language, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 08/2000 - 09/2014
    Adjunct Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)
  • 09/1998 - 10/2008
    Professor of German as a Foreign Language (C4): Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • 04/2004 - 09/2008
    Dean, Faculty of Philology, University of Leipzig
  • 10/2002 - 03/2004
    Associate Dean, Faculty of Philology, University of Leipzig
  • 10/2016 - 09/2017
    Director, Herder-Institute, University of Leipzig
  • 10/2013 - 09/2014
    Director, Herder-Institute, University of Leipzig
  • 10/2004 - 09/2008
    Director, Language Center, University of Leipzig
  • 09/2003 - 11/2003
    Rector Candidate (Nominated by the Faculty Senate), University of Leipzig
  • 01/2003
    Call to Full Professor and Chair (C4) of Foreign Language Education, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Potsdam, Germany (declined)
  • 02/2014 - 09/2014
    Scholar in Residence, American Association on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), White Plains, NY
  • 11/2009 - 03/2010
    Scholar in Residence, American Association on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), White Plains, NY
  • 08/1996 - 08/1998
    Associate Professor of German (with tenure), Department of German, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • 04/1998 - 09/1998
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Second Language Acquisition, Visiting Professor (C4)
  • 04/1997 - 09/1997
    Universität GH Kassel, German as a Foreign Language, Visiting Professor (C3)
  • 10/1996 - 03/1997
    Visiting Professor (C3) of Second Language Acquisition and German as a Foreign Language, Fachbereich Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaften, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
  • 08/1990 - 08/1996
    Assistant Professor of German (tenure-track); Director of First- and Second-Year German; Department of German, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • 09/1988 - 08/1990
    Regents Lecturer; Director of First- and Second-Year German; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 08/1986 - 05/1988
    Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • 08/1985 - 05/1986
    Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Mills College, Oakland, California
  • since 01/2012
    President, Institute of Test Research and Test Development (ITT) e.V., Leipzig
  • since 01/2004
    Executive Board, InterDaF am Herder-Institut, Leipzig
  • since 01/2006
    Executive Board, German-Russian Institute for Energy Policy and Economics (Deutsch-Russisches Institut für Energiepolitik und Energiewirtschaft e.V.)
  • since 01/1993
    Tester Trainer (certified), Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACFTL), Alexandria, VA, USA
  • 01/2005 - 01/2013
    Executive Board, TestDaF Institute, Bochum
  • 01/2005 - 01/2012
    President, The Language Institute at the University of Leipzig, Leipzig
  • 01/2006 - 01/2010
    President, Association of German as a Foreign Language within the German Modern Language Association
  • 01/2006 - 01/2008
    Executive Board, Prague Network of Deans of Humanities Faculties
  • 01/2005 - 01/2010
    Member Landesbildungsrat, Freestate of Saxony
  • since 01/2008
    Founding Member, Confucius Institute Leipzig
  • since 01/2009
    Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Germany), Associate Editor
  • since 01/2012
    Creative Practices in Language Learning and Teaching (Malaysia), Editorial Advisory Board
  • 01/2010 - 01/2014
    Language Teaching (United Kingdom), Editorial Advisory Board
  • since 01/2010
    Pandaemonium Germanicum (Brazil), Editorial Advisory Board
  • since 01/2009
    Neue Beiträge für Germanistik (Japan), Editorial Advisory Board
  • 01/2004 - 01/2012
    Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (Singapore), Editorial Advisory Board
  • since 01/1999
    German as a Foreign Language (United Kingdom), Editorial Advisory Board
  • 01/1994 - 01/2017
    Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German (USA), Editorial Advisory Board
  • 01/2005 - 01/2009
    Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Germany), Editorial Advisory Board
  • 01/2007 - 01/2017
    DAAD Lecturer Selection Committee, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, Referee
  • since 01/2004
    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Referee
  • since 01/2001
    VW Foundation, Referee

Education

  • 08/1984 - 05/1988
    Ph.D., Germanic Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  • 08/1981 - 07/1984
    M.A., German Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)
  • 05/1978 - 08/1981
    B.A. Spanish and English, University of Regensburg, Germany, 1981 (equivalent)