Educational background and academic career

Educational background

1993 University of Vienna, Austria.
Habilitation (= qualification for obtaining a full professorship or chair at a German or Austrian university) for Applied Translation Studies and Translation Pedagogy

  • Post-doc Thesis on the translation and text-type conventions of titles and headings (published in 1993 under the title Einführung in das funktionale Übersetzen am Beispiel von Titeln und Überschriften, Tübingen: Francke
  • Supervisor Mary Snell-Hornby, University of Vienna
  • Host: Faculty of Humanities of the University of Vienna, Austria

1983 University of Heidelberg, Germany
Ph.D. magna cum laude

  • Thesis: Recent Developments of the Spanish Lexicon. Study on the Basis of a Press-Language Corpus (published in 1983 under the title: Neueste Entwicklungen im spanischen Wortschatz. Untersuchung auf der Grundlage eines pressesprachlichen Korpus. Rheinfelden: 1983)
  • Supervisor: Bodo Müller, Heidelberg University
  • Host Seminar of Romance Studies, Faculty of Modern Philologies, Heidelberg University

1967 University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Diplom degree in Translation for Spanish, English and German (obtained after a 4 years translator-training programme, corresponding to a B.A. Hons.)

  • Thesis: The Spanish verb corresponder. A lexicological study (unpublished)
  • Supervisor: Friedrich Irmen (†), Heidelberg University
  • Host: Institute for Translation and Interpreting, Faculty of Modern Philologies, Heidelberg University


Academic career

1967-1996 Junior lecturer at the Spanish Department of the School of Translation and Interpreting, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

1991-1992 Visiting professor for Translation Studies at the School of Translator and Interpreter Training, University of Vienna, Austria.

1994-1996 Visiting professor substituting Prof. Dr. Reiner Arntz) at the Department III Languages and Technology, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Hildesheim, Germany.

1996/1997 Visiting professor at the School of Translator and Interpreter Training, University of Innsbruck, Austria

1996-2005 Chair of Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies at the Department of Specialised Communication (now: Communication and Media) of the university of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany, responsible for the Spanish section.

1998-2000 Vice rector for Investigation and Teaching at Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal.

2000 CETRA Professor (Centre for Translation Studies of the Catholic University of Louvaine, Belgium) in Misano Adriatico, Italy

2001 (winter term) Teaching appointment at the Department 8.6, Translation and Interpreting, of the University of Saarbrucken, Germany for an “Introduction to Translation Studies"

2005 Retirement from Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal.

2005 (Nov.) Visiting professor for Translation Studies at the University of Granada, Spain.

2007- Member of the "Flying Faculty“ of the Department of Translation, Faculty of Modern Languages, of the German-Jordanian University (GJU) in Amman, Jordan, with regular teaching appointments (45 hrs per year) for "Basic Principles of Translation" (for first year students of the translation programme).

2007- Research Fellow and Prof. Extraordinary at the Department of Afro-Asiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice (as from 2011 split into Department of Language Management and Language Practice and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (incl. Bible Translation) of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein/South Africa, with regular teaching appointments.

2007- Staff member of the Nida School for Translation Studies, held ad Istituto San Pellegrino Misano Adriatico,Italy, every year in May.

2007- Guest Professor of the Foreign Language Department of Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, PR China.

2007- Guest Professor der Nankai University, Tienjin,PR China.

2007- Visiting Professor der Ocean University of China, Qingdao, PR China.

2008- Profesora Honoraria da Facultade de Filoloxía e Tradución, Universidade de Vigo, Spain

2012- Guest Professor of International Studies University Xi'an, PR China

2012- Guest Professor of Qingdao University, Qingdao, PR China.

03/2013-01/2014 Walter-Benjamin Chair at the Centre for Translaton Studies, University of Vienna, Austria

09/10/2015 "Doctor honoris causa" by the University of Geneva, Faculty for Translation and interpreting.

09.11.2017 Appointment as Senior Advisor of World Interpreter and Translator Training Association (WITTA)

28.10.2018 Appointment as Advisor of the International Association for Eco-Translatology Research

28.10.2018 Appointment as Adjunct Professor of the Center for Chinese Diplomatic Discourse Studies of Zhengzhou University, China

16/11/2018 "Doctor honoris causa" by the Universidad de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexiko