Prof. Dr. Stephan Gerhard Huber

Brochure for the farewell of Prof. Dr. Huber at the PH Zug

Information on the Person

Prof. Dr. Stephan Gerhard Huber, born August 11, 1971 in Erlangen, Germany, resident in Brunnen, Switzerland.

Vocational Training

  • Studies at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bamberg and Cambridge, England. He was a post-graduate at the University of Cambridge from 1996 to 1998. After that, his first lecture position (till 2002) was at the Centre for School Development and School Management, University of Bamberg (Germany); he became deputy head (2003-2004) after his PhD degree.
  • From 2004 to 2006, he was Professor (W1) for Education Management, Director of the Research Group Conditions of Learning Processes at School and Their Support, and Vice-director of the Centre for Research on Education at the University of Erfurt (Germany). In 2006 he was Chair for Empirical Educational Research at the University of Wuerzburg.

Current Positions and Previous Appointments

Johannes Kepler University Linz:

  • from 2022 Chair of Excellence for Leadership, Quality Management and Innovation, Department for Educational Research at the Linz School of Education

University of Teacher Education Schwyz:

  • from 2023 Head of Leadership

University of Teacher Education Zug, Central Switzerland:

  • from 2018 to 2023 and from 2009 to 2013: Head of Research & Development
  • from 2006 to 2023 Head of the Institute for Management and Economics of Education (IBB)
  • from 2006 to 2023 Member of the University Council

University of Wuerzburg:

  • 2006 Professor (W3) for Research on Education

University of Erfurt:

  • 2010 Head of the “Education Management” Working Group of the Erfurt School of Education (ESE) and Project Leader
  • from 2006 to 2009 member of the Centre for Research on Education at the University of Erfurt
  • from 2005 to 2006 Professor (W1) for Education Management
  • from 2005 to 2006 Study Director and Programme Coordinator of the MA-Programme Education Management
  • from 2004 to 2006 Director of the Research Group ‘Conditions of Learning Processes at School and Their Support’
  • from 2004 to 2006 Vice-director of the Centre for Research on Education

University of Bamberg:

  • from 2003 to 2004 Co-director of the Research Centre for School Development and Management
  • from 1997 to 2003 Research Assistant at the Research Centre for School Development and Management

Institutional Tasks

Management of research projects and scientific monitoring, evaluations and consultations.

In the research projects application of different methodological approaches: qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method and international-comparative.

The Institute’s projects can be structured in the following three topics:

  • Organization, Quality and Development in Education
  • Teacher Education, Leadership Education and Human Resource Management in Education
  • Youth Research (Education & Perspectives)

Research Projects

In the last 15 years as Principal Investigator, management of various projects for foundations and funded by classic third-party funding sources, including: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Hochschulwissenschaftsprogramm (HWP), Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF), European Union Lifelong Learning Programme, OECD, Kultusministerien deutscher Bundesländer, Education Directorates of Swiss cantons, foundations (including the Robert Bosch Foundation, Wübben Foundation, Mercator Foundation, Foundation Mercator Switzerland, Jacobs Foundation) with a third-party funding volume of more than 10 million euros. These include

  • “Professional Learning through Reflection promoted by Feedback and Coaching” (PROFLEC), EU
  • Impact of School Inspection on Teaching and Learning (ISI-TL), EU
  • Learning Regions & Communities: Net-worked Systems & System Leadership (BL-JF), Jacobs Foundation
  • School Turnaround in Berlin Schools (ST-BE), Robert Bosch Foundation and Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Berlin
  • impakt schulleitung (impakt – School Leadership) Wübben Foundation
  • PerspektivSchulen (perspective schools): Support for schoolchildren and multi-professional teams in schools in challenging circumstances
  • Evaluation of a pilot project on a new resourcing system for primary and secondary schools in the Canton of Aargau
  • Job Analysis of principals of primary and secondary schools in the Canton of Aargau
  • Competence Profile School Management (CPSM) – an Inventory for the Self-Assessment of School Leadership – management diagnostics, ministries, and authorities (several German and Austrian states and Swiss cantons)
  • Mapping Education Management, Teacher Education in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – current situation and challenges in the future
  • Teacher Education in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – On the Current Situation and future challenges, Foundation without naming
  • Young Adult Survey Switzerland YASS of the Federal Youth Surveys ch-x
  • School-Barometer: COVID-19 and current challenges in schools and education
  • HiS – Challenges in school
  • CovER – Covid-19 Education Research


Supervision of three doctoral students who have now successfully completed their dissertations, as well as others as second or third reviewers or members of the doctoral committee; furthermore supervision of more than 120 student theses (mainly master`s theses). Currently supervising 14 doctoral students as primary reviewer. Three junior professors and five professors have emerged from his institute. Several former employees work for government agencies and foundations. Through the accompaniment of programs for the development of executives and gifted employees has created an extensive network has developed.

Teaching Activity, only Current

Program director

  • since 2023: CAS School Leadership of the University of Teacher Education Schwyz
  • from 2012 to 2018: CAS Educational Governance of the University Lucerne – Economy in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the University of Teacher Education Zug
  • since 2006: MAS School Management of the University of Teacher Education Lucerne in cooperation with the University of Teacher Education Zug
  • CAS Schule leiten (PH Zug in Kooperation mit der PH Luzern)
  • CAS Kooperative Schulführung (PH Zug in Kooperation mit der PH Luzern)
  • DAS Schulleiter/in (PH Zug in Kooperation mit der PH Luzern)
  • DAS Schulleiter/in (PH Zug in Kooperation mit der aeb Schweiz)
  • 2004-2006 MA Bildungsmanagement der Universität Erfurt

Lecturer within Master courses

  • seit 2018 Mitwirkung am Boxenstopp des Kooperationspartners Pädagogische Hochschule der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Institut für Weiterbildung und Beratung
  • since 2015: University of Teacher Education Schwyz
  • since 2013: Universities of Teacher Education Upper and Lower Austria
  • since 2010: Universities of Teacher Education Weingarten/St. Gall/Grisons/Schaffhausen/Thurgau/Vorarlberg
  • since 2007: University of Teacher Education Zurich
  • since 2006: University of Teacher Education Lucerne
  • Leadership and participation in academies for the promotion of the gifted in the BRD
  • Leader of the Vacation Academy 2021/22 ‘Education and Values for Future – Forming Bonds for Quality, Innovation and Responsible Leadership’.of the Collegium Cusanum, Cusanuswerk (Bischöfliche Begabtenförderung and Begabtenförderung des Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • since 2009 conception and lecturer of the vacation academy of the ‘Studienkolleg der Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft’ (in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and other sponsors.

Institutional Affiliations at other Universities

  • since 2013 Adjunct Professor of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER) University Brisbane
  • from 2009 to 2015 Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Education within the Faculty of Humanities University of Manchester
  • since 2009 Member of the Erfurt School of Education (ESE) at the University of Erfurt
  • from 2006 to 2009 Co-opted Member of the Centre for Research on Education and Project Leader of various research projects at the University of Erfurt
  • since 2009 Senior Research Fellow of the Education University of Hong Kong

Guest Professorships

  • winter semester 2021/22, 2020/21, 2019/20, 2012/13, 2008/09 University of Linz
  • winter semester 2017/18 Madurai Kamaraj University of India
  • winter semester 2007/08 University of Freiburg
  • winter semester 2005/06 University of Cyprus

Other Affiliations (Advisory Board/Curatorship)

  • 2023 Member of the expert forum „Education in Saxony 2030“
  • since 2022 Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Academy of the Bavarian Teachers’ Association BLLV
  • since 2020 Expert Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency of the Swiss Confederation
  • since 2017 Advisory Board Member of the project „Standards inklusives Schulsystem zur Sicherung der sonderpädagogischen Qualität“ (standards of an inclusive school system to assure the quality of special needs education) of the Swiss association of social and special needs education “Integras”
  • since 2016 Advisory Board Member for the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) – Central Agency for German Schools Abroad
  • since 2014 Advisory Board Member for the UCEA Center for the International Study of School Leadership (University Council for Educational Administration)
  • since 2014 Advisory Board Member for the project „ProfilQ – Professionalisierung durch schulinterne Qualitätsentwicklung“ (Professionalization through quality development in schools) of the Associations of Teachers Switzerland (LCH) and School Leadership Switzerland (VSLCH), supported by the Foundation Mercator Switzerland
  • since 2013 Member of the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Teacher Training and Personnel Development Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • since 2012 Member swissuniversities, Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education, Commission
  • Research / Development
  • 2013 Member of the commission of experts for the Swiss School Award
  • since 2011 Member of the Academy Council for the German Academy for Educational Leaders, University TU Dortmund
  • since 2009 Fellowship Programme for Students Training to Be Teachers of the Foundation of German Business in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Research, the Robert Bosch Foundation and further supporters: Member of the advisory board
  • since 2006 Chair of the research consortium for the Swiss Federal Surveys of Adolescents ch-x

Membership of Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM)
  • German Society for Research in Education (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft, DGfE)
  • European Educational Research Association (EERA)
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)
  • Swiss Society for Research in Education (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung, SGBF)
  • Swiss Society for Evaluation (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Evaluation, SEVAL)
  • Society for Evaluation e.V. (DeGEval)
  • European Evaluation Society (EES)
  • Swiss Society for Teacher Education (SGL)

Conference Host

For several years now, he has hosted and chaired the International Seminars and organised the School Leadership Symposia, new: World Education Leadership Symposium (WELS) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 ( It usually attracts around 850 participants from around 65 countries from all continents. In 2017, 1100 participants registered from 76 countries around the world. He also has hosted the Swiss Innovation Forum (2018, 2020, 2021):


Publications in German and English language journals; editing of the book series “Jahrbuch Schulleitung” (Carl Link / Wolters Kluwer), the series Policy Implications of Research in Education (Springer) as well as the journals “SchulVerwaltung spezial. Journal for Schulgestaltung und Schulentwicklung” (Carl Link/Wolters Kluwer), the “Journal for Educational Research Online / Journal für Bildungsforschung Online” (Waxmann) and the journal “Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability” (Springer). Membership in the editorial board of various journals, including “Leadership and Policy in Schools” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), “International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory & Practice” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), “Journal of Educational Administration” (Emerald), and “Educational Management, Administration & Leadership” (Sage) (until December 2017). Reviewer activity in Review processes, including “Asia Pacific Journal of Education” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), “Journal of Educational Administration” (Emerald), “Educational Research and Evaluation” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), “School Leadership & Management” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), “School Effectiveness and School Improvement” (Routledge Falmer/Taylor & Francis), Journal for Educational Research (Springer), Swiss Journal of Sociology (Seismo).

Since 2016, together with Prof. Dr. Guri Skedsmo, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters SCIlisted Journal “Educational Assessment Evaluation and Accountability” (Springer).

An overview of previous publications is provided in the publications directory:


Keynotes at national and international academic conferences, including the meetings of the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) 2016, the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) 2017, the International Successful School Principal Project (ISSPP) 2017, the Asia Leadership Roundtable (ALR) 2017, (main) symposia at German Society for Educational Science (DGfE), most recently in 2018, et al.

Academic Self-administration

Member of various committees of academic self-administration at different universities/universities, e.g. faculty council, senate, various commission of teacher education, doctoral committee, head (“prorector”) of research; among other things, participation in the creation of a Higher Education Act, participation in accreditation procedures.


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