Prof. Dr. Marcus Pietsch is DFG Heisenberg Professor of Educational Science, in particular Educational Management and Quality Development at the Institute of Educational Sciences at Leuphana University. He is currently research dean of the School of Education. His research interests are particularly in the area of education, school effectiveness, development, and innovation, and effective leadership in schools in teaching and learning.

Academic Career

  • since 06/2021: DFG Heisenberg Professorship for Educational Management and Quality Development at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 04/2019 - 05/2021: Administration of the professorships for Empirical Elementary School Education as well as General Educational Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 11/2013 - 10/2018: Scholarship holder for Empirical Educational Research at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 07/2012 - 09/2013: Substitute professor (W3) for Educational Measurement of the Center for International Comparative Educational Studies (ZIB) at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • 05/2008 - 04/2009: Visiting researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB)
  • since 10/2006: Research associate at the Institute for Educational Monitoring and Quality Development Hamburg (IfBQ); scientific support of the school inspection Hamburg
  • 08/2004 - 10/2006: Research associate at the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development Hamburg (LI), Department of Standard Assurance and Test Development
  • 07/2003 - 12/2004: Research assistant at the University of Hamburg, Institute for International and Intercultural Comparative Education, Chair of Quantitative Methods and International Educational Research; project leader of the study Competencies and Attitudes of Students - Grade 4 (KESS 4)
  • 02/2001 - 06/2003: Student assistant at the Data-Processing-Center of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA-DPC); collaborator in the projects PISA 2000, IGLU 2001 and TOSCA

Prizes (selection)

  • 2021: DFG Heisenberg Professorship
  • 2019: Ernst Meumann Award for outstanding research in the field of empirical pedagogy

Reviewer Activities (selection)

  • since 2023: Sustainability (journal)
  • since 2022: Reviewer for the journals: Educational Studies; Learning and Instruction; Thunderbird International Business Review
  • since 2021: Reviewer for the journals: Journal of Educational Administration; Leadership and Policy in Schools; School Leadership and Management
  • since 2015: Reviewer for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • since 2014: Reviewer for data use requests to the Institute for Quality Development Since 2014: Reviewer for the research project 'Wissenschaftliche Begleitung der Gemeinschaftsschulen Baden-Württemberg': Subproject 1: quantitative Unterrichtsbeobachtungim Bildungswesen (IQB)

Advisory Board Activities

  • International Journal of Educational Management