Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) considers research and teaching as a university’s equally important core responsibilities. This has been reflected by several structural developments over the past years as well as a multitude of measures taken in particular to adjust the status of teaching within the university to this self-concept, promote teaching quality and identify new challenges.

A junior professorship is marked by a high degree of autonomy and responsibility with respect to carrying out research and teaching. The junior professor’s teaching obligation is stipulated by state ordinance and in most cases consists of four to six semester hours per week. Teaching performance will also be a factor in the interim evaluation; not only should junior professors teach individual classes but also broaden the teaching spectrum and develop new teaching concepts. A strong teaching record is required in order to be appointed to a professorship.