Prof. Dr. Gertrud Oelerich

Vice-Rector for Sustainable Organizational Development and Diversity


Gertrud Oelerich studied Educational Sciences at Bielefeld University with an emphasis on social education. After graduating, she first worked as an academic employee at Bielefeld University. Afterwards, she worked at the Education Department at Heidelberg University where she obtained a doctorate, which dealt with the relationship between youth welfare and school.

Before she became substitute professor for Educational Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt between 2005 and 2007, she was scientific adviser and evaluator at youth welfare institutions and universities, before she became head of the Child and Youth Welfare Service Unit at the government office for youth welfare in Wuppertal. In 2009, she went to the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Wuppertal, where she was appointed associate professor in 2011.
The focus of her research and professional activity refers to child and youth welfare, fundamental questions on inter-institutional interrelation of social education and the usage of social services.

At the University of Wuppertal she is Chairwoman of Senate Commission of the Central Student Advisory and Counselling Services, she is spokesperson of the Department of Educational Sciences. Since 2016, she has been vice-dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences and since 2020; she has been the School’s dean. She is committed to national committees of her discipline and working groups of regional youth welfare services.

Gertrud Oelerich has been Vice-President for Sustainable Organisational Development and Diversity since 1 September 2022.

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