Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker-Mrotzek


Phone: 49 (0) 221-470 4770

Prof. Dr. Michael Becker-Mrotzek is Full Professor of German Language and Didactics at the University of Cologne. His research interests fall into the broad area of language in the context of education, in particular in the fields of language intervention and the teaching of writing and conversational skills. Since 2012, he is the Director of the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education. In addition, Prof. Dr. Becker-Mrotzek became spokesman of the joint governmental and federal initiative Education through Language and Literacy (BiSS) from 2013 to February 2020 and spokesman of "BiSS Transfer" since March 2020. He is also responsible for the development of items for the subject German for VERA 8 (German National Assessment of Educational Progress). Within a nationwide initiative to improve teacher education called Teacher Education – Shaping Heterogeneity and Inclusion, he is in charge of the early-career academic development program. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Becker-Mrotzek is also a member on the advisory council for Integration and Participation of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the expert commission for the improvement of school quality in Berlin and the commission „Schuljahr 2020/21“ of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) as well as spokesman of the Advisory Board of the School of Education at the University of Salzburg.


3.34 (3rd floor, Triforum) 

Educational and professional career

since 2013
Spokesmen Managing consortium of the joint governmental and federal initiative "Access to Education through Language and Literacy" (Bildung durch Sprache und Schrift, BiSS)

since 2012
Director of Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education

since 2011
Head of Cologne Graduate School for Teacher Education (Former Cologne Graduate School of Didactics), University of Cologne

since 2009
Reviewer for German Research Foundation (DFG)

since 2008
Reviewer for Suiss National Fund

since 1999
Full Professor of German Language Studies and their Didactics, University of Cologne

Associate Professor of German Language Studies and their Didactics at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Assistant Professor at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Research Assistant at Dortmund University

Practical Teacher-Training for Secondary Schools (2nd state exam in German Language and Physical Education)

Doctoral Studies at Hamburg University (Dr. phil.)

Teaching Degree for Secondary Schools (1st state exam in German Language and Physical Education)

Memerships in (academic) advisory boards
School of Education, University of Salzburg
Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA)
Cito, Germany
Centre for Multilingualism and Integration (ZMI Köln)