Vice President Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann
Ilka Parchmann studied Chemistry and Biology in a Degree of Education programme for teaching at secondary level at the University of Oldenburg. In 1993, she passed the first state examination. From 1994 to 1997 she wrote her doctoral thesis at the Department of Chemistry, in the working group Didactics of Chemistry.
After her Referendariat (a stage of practical training following the state examination) at the Studienseminar Wilhelmshaven, Parchmann passed her second state examination for teaching at secondary level in Biology and Chemistry in 1999.
As from 1994, Parchmann, the educational researcher, was a research associate and assistant in Oldenburg and at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at Kiel University. After qualifying to teach at professorial level in the field of Chemistry Education at Kiel University, she became a professor of Chemistry Education in 2002.
On 2 June 2014, the University Senate elected Professor Ilka Parchmann as Vice President of Education, knowledge transfer and further education. Her term of office will last for three years.
The link between the sciences and didactics is particularly important to Parchmann in her research and development work. These interests are also integrated into the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (research labs at Kiel University) and teacher training. “In this context, a Vice Presidential office aimed at this kind of work is a very appealing, yet challenging task, which I will gladly take on in cooperation with the many committed people at Kiel University”, Parchmann said after her election.
She announced that she intends to strengthen the research connection in educational degree programmes as a central element for quality, by systematically connecting theory and practice. Parchmann says: “One aim of my term as Vice President is to expand and develop structures that have a lasting effect on the exchange between science, education and society. Excellent teacher training and further education is one of the cornerstones for successes in the next generation.
The same applies to projects that help to smooth the transition from school to university. We therefore need to strengthen our network with the educational institutions and other relevant players in our city and state.”