The Vice President for Learning and Teaching

Professor Dr. Stephan Jolie

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The Vice-President for Learning and Teaching is responsible for all areas of learning and teaching, as well as further training in academia and higher education didactics. He is also in charge of fundamental aspects of the Higher Education Pact and the Teaching Quality Pact and other initiatives in support of learning and teaching, matters concerning the library, and the intersection of school and university. University Professor Dr. Stephan Jolie has been the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since January 16, 2018. In June 2021, he was re-elected by the Senate for a second term in office.

Stephan Jolie (birth name: Fuchs) was born in 1965, and studied German studies, philosophy, and music at the Universities of Frankfurt/Main and Munich. After receiving his doctorate in 1995, he worked until 2002 as Assistant Professor for Medieval German Literature at the Goethe University Frankfurt, where in 2004, he qualified as a university professor in the field of German studies with a special focus on medieval German literature at the Faculty of Modern Languages. After interim professorships at the Universities of Frankfurt/Main and Erlangen-Nürnberg, as well as the FU Berlin, he was appointed as Professor for Medieval Literature at the German Institute of JGU’s Faculty of Philosophy and Philology.

During his time here as Dean (2011-2017), Jolie was particularly involved in the internationalization of student affairs and teaching. From 2007 to 2017, he acted as the German Institute’s Dijon representative and was applicant and spokesperson (2011-2015) of the Deutsch-französische Doktorandenkolleg „Konfigurationen im Wandel: Austausch, Variation, Identität - Configurations nouvelles: Echange, variation, identité“ (funded by the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule/Université franco-allemande DFH-UFA). He was lead applicant, coordinator and spokesperson for the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "TALC_me: Textual and Literary Cultures in Medieval Europe" (EU-funded, 2014-2017). This partnership served as the basis for the European joint master’s program “Transnational German Studies. Since 2021 it is funded by the European Union as a Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) program.

Another focus of his work was the strategic development of innovative teaching methods at JGU. Up until 2017, he worked on and developed the Q+ study program as head project manager and, in cooperation with the Staatstheater Mainz, implemented staged performances in innovative teaching projects with students. In January 2018, Stephan Jolie was elected Vice-President for Learning and Teaching at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Along with his regular duties, he was spokesperson and project leader of the EU-funded European University Alliance FORTHEM during the first funding phase. He is a member of the 'Standing Committee on Teaching and Studying' of the German Rectors’ Conference. Since August 2021, he has been leading the campus-wide project "Mainz Models for Digitally Enhanced Teaching and Learning (ModeLL-M)", which is funded by the German Foundation for Innovation in Higher Education (Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre).