Before I joined the Department of English at Alpen-Adria University (AAU), I taught EFL (English as a foreign/second language) and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) at Maastricht University, Netherlands, at two international schools in Shanghai, China, and at a lower secondary school in Austria. In 2010, I started working at AAU as Senior Lecturer teaching EFL and ESP courses and coordinating a Business English programme. In 2012, I became University Assistant, which enabled me to conduct research and write a PhD dissertation. The position also entailed teaching methodology courses in the English department’s teacher education programme and coordinating teaching practica. From 2014 to 2016, I simultaneously functioned as Deputy Head of the English department.
One of the highlights in my career so far is the organisation of an international conference entitled "Situating Strategy Use: The Interplay of Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learner Characteristics," which was hosted at AAU in 2015. The conference was greatly received and brought together experienced and early-career scholars from around the globe. Two edited volumes followed the conference (Chamot & Harris 2017; Oxford & Amerstorfer 2017). I am delighted that the conference will be continued biannually with an upcoming event in Greece in September 2017 and another one planned in Japan in 2019.
Shortly after I finished my PhD in 2016, I was promoted to Senior Scientist at the Department of English, which allows me to further pursue my research interests and to continue teaching methodology courses in the teacher education programme. In addition to tentative planning steps towards a post-doctoral degree (Habilitation), I am currently working on my first monograph with the working title "From Language Learning Strategies to Strategic Language Learning."
Besides my work at the Department of English, I was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Education in September 2016. As a board member of the South-East Alliance (Entwicklungsverbund Süd-Ost), this challenging position gives me a new perspective on Austria’s education system.
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PhD from Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt
Master of Education TESOL from the University of Edinburgh, UK
Diploma of Education from the Private University College of Education Linz