Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr Axel Schölmerich

Rector of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Axel Schölmerich was born in Marburg an der Lahn in 1952. He studied pedagogy (diploma in 1977) and psychology (diploma in 1980) at the University of Mainz. After he obtained his PhD degree at the University of Osnabrück in 1990 and following five years of postdoctoral research as a Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA, he habilitated in psychology in Mainz in 1995. Subsequently, he accepted an appointment as C3 professor for “Developmental Psychology” at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. In 1996, Axel Schölmerich was appointed at Ruhr-Universität, initially as C3 professor for “Developmental Psychology”. In 2005, he rejected a tenure in “Developmental Psychology” at the University of Vienna and accepted an appointment as W3 professor for “Developmental Psychology” at RUB in the following year instead.

From 2006 to 2007, he held the office of Dean at the Faculty of Psychology; since 2007, he has been a member of the RUB Senate, where he assumed the function of Chairman between 2012 and 2014. In this role, he initiated e.g. the first joint meeting of all senators of University Alliance (UA Ruhr). Prof Schölmerich was a tutor at the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2007 - 2015.

Since October 1, 2015, Prof Dr Axel Schölmerich has been Rector at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.