We are delighted to welcome Dr. h.c. Heike Schmoll to Konstanz from April to September 2009 as a Senior Fellow and Zukunftskolleg Award winner. She was nominated by Professor Gerhart von Graevenitz.
Heike Schmoll read German and Protestant Theology at Heidelberg, Tübingen and Munich and was a scholarship holder of the Tübinger Stift. Inspired by her studies under Eberhard Jüngel and Wolfhart Pannenberg, her particular interest focused on Systematic Theology. In 1989, she joined the news department at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and is today responsible there for school and higher education policy as well as questions of academic theology. She is the editor for the "Bildungswelten" page and has been a correspondent in Berlin since March 2008. She is the author of numerous radio programmes broadcast by Deutschlandfunk, Südwestrundfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur. An honorary theological doctorate was conferred on her in Tübingen in 2002. In 2005, she was distinguished with the Deutscher Sprachpreis der Henning-Kaufmann-Stiftung.
Heike Schmoll is joining the Zukunftskolleg in Konstanz as a proven expert on German education policy. In her monograph Lob der Elite. Warum wir sie brauchen, published in 2008, she subjects the new elite universities in Germany to a critical analysis and "shows how elite funding and personality building can be combined with each other to ensure that German gets the elites that it needs".