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Short CV

born 1962, married, two children

Educational background

  • 2014 Habilitation (Title: 'Situated Meaning in Syntactic Form: Syntactic Variation in Professional Discourse')
  • 1995 Preis 'Beste Dissertation des Jahres 1995', HHU Düsseldorf
  • Jul./Aug. 1993 Visiting scholar Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, funded by DAAD
  • 1991-1994 Ph.D. English Linguistics from University of Düsseldorf (title of dissertation: 'Word Order in Discourse. Form and Function of Inversion in Modern English'); funded by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • 1985-86 London School of Economics
  • 1983-84 Université de Paris II (Sciences Economiques)
  • 1982-88 Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Anglistik, Romanistik, Betriebswirtschaftslehre); funded by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Professional experience

  • since 2021 Außerplanmäßige Professorin for English Language and Linguistics
  • since 2016 Head of B.A. Students' Office
  • 2015-2020 Vice president of the HHU senate
  • 2012 Interim professorship (Lehrstuhlvertretung) for 'English Language and Linguistics' at HHU Düsseldorf
  • 2011-2020 Member of senate, speaker of the academic staff
  • since 2009 Full-time lecturer in 'English Language and Linguistics' at University of Düsseldorf
  • 2008/09 Lecturer at University of Paderborn
  • 1997-1998 and 2004-2006 Maternity leave / part-time lecturer (two children)
  • since 1991 Full-time lecturer in 'English Language and Linguistics' at University of Düsseldorf
  • 1989-1991 Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart (Department of Public Relations)


  • 2022-2023 eLearning grant for lecture 'Language development' (eLearning-Förderfonds)
  • 2017-2019 Teaching grant 'Employability of English Studies' (HHU funded)
  • 2015-2017 Teaching grant 'Linguistics, Literature, and your Career' (HHU funded)
  • 2013-2015 Interdisciplinary teaching grant 'Teaching for the professions' (HHU funded)
  • 2012-2013 Teaching grant 'Storytelling in everyday life' (Lehrförderfonds of HHU)
  • 2001-2004 Project 'Narrativity and evolution of English genres', research grant by Lise-Meitner-Programm des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Forschung
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