Print Prof Dr Karin Donhauser

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of German Studies and Linguistics, Chair for the History of the German Language
(born 1956)  

Degrees in German Language and Literature, Social Studies, History and General Linguistics at the universities of Regensburg and Edinburgh
1981 Master's degree in German Language and Literature and General Linguistics
1982 State examination for teachers at schools of the Gymnasium type in the subjects German, social studies and history

Professional career
1981-1992 Research assistant, academic counsellor and senior assistant at the Chair of Linguistics at the University of Passau
1985 Doctorate at the University of Passau
1992 Post-doctoral degree (habilitation) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau
1992-1993 Interim professorship at Technische Universität Dresden, Chair for German Linguistics and Language History
Since 1993 Chair of the History of German Language (diachrony, language change) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Appointments: Osnabrück (1992), TU Dresden (1992), HU Berlin (1992), LMU München (1999)
  • Ranks 6th in the list of university members who most successfully procured third-party funding at Humboldt-Universität in 2004
  • Spokesperson at Graduate College GK 276 Economy and Complexity of Language (1995-2004)
  • Member of SFB 632 Information Structure (since 2003)

Member in inter-university committees
  • Dictionary Commission at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Berlin Scholarship Committee, awarding PhD grants according to Nachwuchsförderungsgesetz (NaFöG)
  • University Council at Fachhochschule Amberg-Weiden
  • Scientific Council - Deputy Chairwoman at the Scientific Commission until 2006
  • State University Council in the Federal State Brandenburg
  • 2003-2007 Member of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Research Planning Committee of the Scientific Council
  • Member of the Stadt der Wissenschaft jury (Stifterverband)
  • Academic Advisory Council of the State Excellence Offensive Hessen (LOEWE)
  • Selection committee at the Quality Pact for Teaching, Chairwoman (2011)
  • University Structure Commission Brandenburg
  • 2003-2007 Member of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Board of Trustees
  • Since 2008 Member of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum University Council