With effect from 01.06.2020, Appeals Management is located in Department 1 - Personnel and Legal Affairs.
Please send enquiries to Mr. Serge Röttinger at serge.roettinger(at)hs-hannover.de.
Appointment Management is both the internal and external contact for all appointment procedures at the Hochschule Hannover - Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Vacant professorships are advertised publicly. In addition to a job advertisement in a national weekly or daily newspaper, the complete advertisement texts can always be found here. The advertisement period is usually four weeks, but may be longer in exceptional cases.
The applications are dealt with by an appointment committee that is individually composed for each selection procedure, in accordance with § 26, paragraph 2 of the NHG. Usually, the appointment committee consists of three members from the teaching staff of the Hochschule Hannover - Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts., two or three external members, and one member each from the staff group, the student group and the MTV Group. The Equal Opportunities Officer has the right to attend the meetings, among other things, and uses this right regularly. In some cases, an administrative member of the respective faculty also participates for administrative support.
After the application deadline has passed, the appointment committee convenes for a first meeting. This meeting should always take place as soon as possible, but due to the large number of members - who must attend - there may occasionally be difficulties in finding a date. During the first meeting, the application documents are reviewed in full and, on the basis of the previously established selection criteria - in accordance with the text of the advertisement - the persons who are to be considered further are selected. As a rule, about six people will be considered further, but there may be fewer or more, depending on the quantity and quality of the applications received.
These persons will be invited to the selection interviews as soon as possible. The selection interviews are organised differently in the individual faculties, but one component is always a sample lecture and/or a sample seminar. This stage of the procedure is carried out with a regular group of students. In addition, an interview with the appointment committee takes place, which is often based on a test lecture that has to be prepared. The contents of trial lectures and trial talks are communicated in the invitation. Because the presence of a group of students is required for this step of the procedure, selection interviews do not usually take place during the semester break, for example. This means that several weeks can pass between the end of the call for applications and the date of the selection interviews.
Following the selection interviews, a second meeting of the appointment committee takes place. There, the appointment proposal is drawn up, which should contain a list with a fixed order of three persons. If fewer than three persons are considered suitable, only two or only one person can be listed.
The entire procedure is now documented in an appointment report and submitted to the Faculty Council for a decision. Subsequently, the Senate comments on the appointment proposal and the Executive Board finally submits the appointment proposal to the MWK with a request for review and granting of a call. These bodies are bound to fixed meeting dates. The Senate usually meets three times a semester, the Executive Board usually every fortnight. This means that there can be a time lag of a good two months before the appointment proposal is submitted to the MWK, depending on the scheduling of the selection interviews.
The MWK reviews the appointment report and the individual committee decisions. After the examination, the appointment is made to the first-placed person on the appointment list. The examination of a case usually takes several weeks.
After the call has been issued, the President of the university is invited to the appointment negotiations. The Dean of the faculty and the appointment officer also attend this meeting. Part of the negotiations are, for example, the spatial equipment and the integration into the faculty, as well as the remuneration for the appointment.
The outcome of the negotiations is reflected in an agreement, which the Executive Board decides on at the next regular meeting. Once the Executive Board has made its decision, the agreement is issued and sent out. On this basis, the call can be accepted. As soon as the MWK has informed the university of the acceptance of the call, all other applicants will be informed of the outcome of the procedure. After the expiry of the two-week period for contesting the appeal, the recruitment can be carried out by the President.
The recruitment shall finally be carried out by the President. While the appeal hearing usually takes place shortly after the call has been issued, several weeks may pass before the actual date of recruitment.