Thomas Damberger completed a master’s degree in pedagogy and philosophy and received his doctorate in 2012 from the Technical University of Darmstadt (title of the dissertation: “Improving people! On the symptoms of pedagogy of ontological homelessness”). His habilitation thesis, which he defended at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg in 2019, deals with different dimensions of the relationship between education and digitization.

In 2017 he was a visiting professor at the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Vienna and from 2016-2018 substitute professor for new media in teaching and learning contexts at Goethe University Frankfurt. From 10/2018 – 03/2019 he was professor for media education, didactics & philosophy at the Private University of Education Linz. Since 04/2019 he has been substitute professor for general educational sciences at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Academic career & degrees

  • since 04/2019 Substitute professor for general educational sciences at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2019 Habilitation at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg; Topic of the habilitation thesis: “Education in the Digital Sge”; Venia Legendi for educational science
  • 10/2018 – 03/2019 Professor of Media Education, Didactics & Philosophy at the Private University of Teacher Education Linz
  • 10/2016 – 09/2018 Substitute professor for new media in teaching and learning contexts, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • SoSe 2017 Guest professor at the Institute for Educational Sciences, University of Vienna;
  • 2013 Prize for outstanding scientific achievements of the Ernst Ludwig University Society
  • 2012 PhD at TU Darmstadt; Dissertation topic: ‘Improve People! On the Symptoms of a Pedagogy of Ontological Homelessness ’
  • 06/2009 – 12/2012 Research assistant at the Chair of General Pedagogy with a focus on Education & Technology, TU Darmstadt
  • 10/2004 – 05/2009 Master studies in Pedagogy & Philosophy, TU Darmstadt

Membership and functions in advisory boards & cooperations

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft
  • Gesellschaft für Informatik
  • Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft
  • Scientific Advisory Board in „Kulturelle Bildung online“
  • Scientific advisory board in the online journal “Pädagogische Horizonte”
  • Member of the Grand Convention of the Schader Foundation, Darmstadt
  • Educational colloquium of the Free University of Stuttgart
  • Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies (Advisory Board)
  • International Network of Philosophers of Education

Other previous professional activities

  • until 03/2019 Scientific director in the Regional Educational Competence Center (RECC) for computer science and digital media in Upper Austria
  • until 09/2018 Managing Director of the Institute for Social Pedagogy & Adult Education (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Consultant for New Work (Vienna) and others
  • Guest lecturer at colleges & universities in Innsbruck, Linz, Magdeburg, Marburg & Vienna
  • Freelancer for the Virtual Campus Rheinland-Pfalz (VCRP)

further developments

  • Social media management (ILS Hamburg)
  • Project management (SGD Darmstadt)
  • Conflict management (FH Lübeck)
  • Systemic & Solution-oriented Advice (Praxis-Institut Hanau)