Professor Dorothea Debus has been Vice Rector for International Affairs, Equal Opportunity and Diversity since April 2021. The vice rector is responsible for establishing new international relationships and building upon existing international initiatives. In the fields of “equal opportunity and diversity”, she provides strategic support for the university’s promotion of central values like diversity, exchange and inclusion, with a clear focus on contributing to the continual growth of the university’s culture of creativity (“creative.together”).
She is an ex officio member of the Rectorate, the Senate and the board of the Language Institute (SLI) as well as an advisory member of the University Council.
Since 2019 Professor Dorothea Debus has been professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Konstanz. She researched and taught from 2004 to 2007 at St. John’s College in Oxford (UK) and from 2007 to 2019 at the University of York (UK). Her research focusses on the philosophy of language and mind, especially on the mental phenomena of memory, imagination, attention, perception and emotion. Professor Debus pays particular attention to the question of how people can actively influence the development of their own mental lives. From April to September 2020, she served as dean of studies in the Department of Philosophy and from October 2019 to September 2020 as equal opportunity representative in the Faculty of Humanities.