Educational Science

Univ.-Prof.' Dr. phil. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs

Full Professor for Education

Vice Dean of the Department of Social Sciences

Head of the study program  Management of digital education


Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is a university professor (W3) for general education with a focus on school education at the TU Kaiserslautern. She studied Education, Art History and Information Science at Saarland University from 2000-2004. This was followed by teaching and research activities in the field of e-learning and university didactics at the FHNW in Basel and the University of Zurich. From 2007-2011 she was deputy head of university didactics at the University of Zurich.  During this time, she was also a lecturer at Furtwangen University and the University of Augsburg. In 2011, she completed her doctorate on the topic of "Critical Information and Media Competence in Higher Education" with Prof. Dr. Gabi Reinmann in Munich. This was followed by a post-doc phase at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She accepted a call to the TU Kaiserlautern for a junior professorship in pedagogy with a focus on school development in March 2013. Since then, she has been a member of numerous university and ministerial committees. In 2017, she received the Best Paper Award of the joint GI and GMW symposium. She declined a professorship offer for the W3 professorship for media education at the PH Heidelberg in favor of a lead offer at the TU Kaiserslautern in 2021 after several list placements.

Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is head of numerous externally funded research projects and author of books and journal articles on media education issues within school, teacher education, and higher education research. Her research interests lie at the nexus of media and (high) school pedagogical issues with a focus on the transformation of school and higher education as well as pedagogical professionalism in a culture of digitality.

She is a reviewer for various (inter)national journals (including Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Research in Learning Technology, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Die Deutsche Schule, Zeitschrift für Bildungsforschung, Medienpädagogik) as well as a reviewer for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Volkswagen Foundation, the German National Academic Foundation and the DAAD, among others. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is also part of the jury of the German eTwinning program of the European Commission, the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Stifterverband.

As an expert, she is also repeatedly part of commissions and expert discussions on digitization and/or teacher education (including KMK, BMBF, but also Hochschulforum Digitalisierung with a focus on teacher education). She is a member of the advisory board of medien+bildung, vice chair of the ifib advisory board, and a member of the language advisory board of the Goethe-Institut. Since 2020, she has also been a member of the board of the Media Education Section of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE).

At the TU Kaiserslautern, Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is currently Vice Dean of the Department of Social Sciences at the TU Kaiserslautern.

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Research focus

Research focuses on the interface of media and (high) school pedagogical issues, in particular on:

  • School development and digitalisation
  • Higher education didactics with a focus on teacher education
  • Professionalisation in teacher education
  • Pedagogy under conditions of digital change
  • Research-oriented teaching and learning
  • Metaphors and images as research and cognitive tools, and
  • pedagogical (higher) school development

In terms of research methodology, empirical-qualitative as well as development- and design-oriented research approaches are of particular interest.

Current research projects

Publications and talks

Recent publications and talks


TU Kaiserslautern

Department of Social Sciences

Department of Education

Erwin-Schrödinger-Strasse, Building 57, Room 477

D 67663 Kaiserslautern

phone secretariat: +49 631 205 2316

phone direct: +49 631 205 5659

mail sekretariat: sekretariat.paedagogik(at)

mail direkt: mandy.rohs(at)

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