Curriculum Vitae


2012-2014   Habilitation (German qualification for a professorial post): Evaluating the educational standards for English as foreign language in the German school system. University of Augsburg, submitted August 2014, award expected June 2015.

2009-2010   Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice, University of Warwick, UK.

2002-2006   Ph.D. in Didactics of English: The Common European Framework of Reference: Attainments and limitations. University of Augsburg, Germany.

1997-2001   M.A. equivalent in German as Second/Foreign Language, Didactics of English and Applied Linguistics English. Dissertation: An Intercultural Calendar. University of Augsburg, Germany.


2015-now   University of Bremen, Germany: Professor for Research into Language Learning and Teaching, Faculty 10; Director of the Foreign Languages Centre for the Universities in the Land Bremen

2009-2015   Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK: Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teacher Education.

2007-2009   Humboldt-University Berlin, Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen IQB, Germany: Research Director of the project Evaluating and Implementing the Educational Standards English.

2002-2007   University of Augsburg, Germany, Department of Didactics of English: Research fellow, lecturer.

Awards and Nominations

EALTA President 2016-2019, elected May 2015

ILTA International Language Testing Association Best Article Award: Harsch, C. & Martin, G. (2012). Adapting CEF-descriptors for rating purposes: Validation by a combined rater training and scale revision approach. Assessing Writing, 17(4), 228-250.

EALTA European Association for Language Testing and Assessment: Nomination as Expert Member, 2011.

ProFiL. Professionalisierung für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre: Mentoring – Training – Networking. [Professionalization for women in research and teaching]. Programme to foster academic promotion for promising young academics, awarded by the Universities of Berlin, 2008/2009.


Committee member for the project International Assessment of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service und International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

Member of the Academic & Professional Standards Committee of Trinity College London.

Consultancy Test Development, Trinity College London, UK.

Consultancy Test Development Unit, Oxford University Press, UK.

Consultancy for TestDaf Institut, Universität Bochum, Germany.

Consultancy for the Quality Agency Hessen, Germany on school leaving examinations: test design and development; item writer training; evaluation of exams.

Advisory board member of TEA (The English Academy); affiliated with Diesterweg-Verlag, Germany.

Service for external bodies

04/2010-01/2011   TestDaf Institut, Hagen, Germany: Revision of the University Entrance Exam (German as a Foreign Language).

2010-2012               Cooperation with the National College English Testing Committee, based at Shanghai Jiaotong University, People's Republic of China. Item review and test development.

01/2009                   Standard Setting Workshop II, University of Innsbruck, Norming of the Matura; lead by Prof. Charles Alderson. Participation as judge.

12/2007                   Standard Setting Workshop I, University of Innsbruck, Norming of the Matura; lead by Prof. Charles Alderson. Participation as judge.

11/2007                   DACHL (Research group on Educational Standards) Workshop at the Language Test Centre Klagenfurt: Challenges in standards-based large-scale assessment studies.

04/2006-07/2009   Project of the Federal States on assessing 6th graders’ proficiency in English]: Didactic consultancy of test development and test evaluation.

Reviews and Editorial Boards

Associate Editor: Language Assessment Quarterly – an International Journal

Editorial Board Member: Assessing Writing, ITL International Journal of Applied Linguistics, RELC Journal

Reviews for Assessing Writing, Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment Quarterly – an International Journal, Language and Intercultural Communication, Language Testing, RELC Journal, System, The English Profile Journal, Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht

Reviews for the Economic and Social Research Council and the European Research Council

Professional Development and Postdoctoral Training

06/2014              Pre-conference workshop: Meta-analyses. Yo In’nami & Eric Surface. LTRC Amsterdam.

08/2012              EALTA summer school, Good Practice in Language Testing and Assessment: A Psychometric Perspective. Norman Verheelst, John DeJong, Jan-Eric Gustafsson. University of Gothenburg.

05/2009              Pre-Conference Workshop Introduction into IRT Scaling. Norman Verheelst, EALTA conference, Turku, Finland.

10/2008              Workshop Working with Large Scale Assessment Data, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany.

06/2007              Pre-Conference Workshop Standard Setting. EALTA conference, Barcelona, Spain.

05/2006              Pre-Conference Workshop Scientific Research. EALTA conference, Krakow, Poland.

11/2005-07/07  Nine one-week workshops with Dr. Rita Green in relation with the test development for the IQB project, Humboldt-University Berlin: English Language Test Development.

Organisation of Conferences and Research Workshops

2017, 2019  Bremer Symposion on Language Learning, Teaching anad Assessment in Higher Education, University of Bremen

2016-2019   EALTA SIG Meeting Assessing Writing and Assessment in EAP contexts, EALTA conferencs

05/2015       EALTA SIG Meeting Assessing Writing and Assessment in EAP contexts, EALTA conference Copenhagen, Denmark.

02/2015       EALTA SIG Seminar Writing Assessment in EAP contexts, University of Warwick, UK.

05/2014       11th Annual EALTA Conference, University of Warwick, UK.

11/2013       Section leader at the DGFF Congress, University of Augsburg, Germany

05/2012       EALTA SIG Assessing Writing meeting, Middle Eastern Technical University Ankara, Turkey.

11/2011       Language Testing Forum. University of Warwick, UK.

06/2011       14th Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick.

02/2011       Section leader at the DGFF Postgraduate Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

12/2010       Warwick Writing Symposium, EALTA SIG Assessing Writing. University of Warwick, UK.

10/2010       GMF Conference, Augsburg: Organising and Chairing of Section 5: Educational standards: Tasks for learning and assessment.

06/2010       13th Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick.

10/2009       DGFF Conference, Leipzig, Germany: Organising and Chairing of Section 12: Measurement of Competences, Evaluation, Educational Quality Monitoring, with Johannes Hartig.
Moderation of the Pre-conference session for Young Researchers

06/2009       12th Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick.

07/2008       Standard Setting Workshop for the SEE1 project in cooperation with BEAR, Berkeley University, California. Research into the impact of different methods and panels.

10/2007       International workshop at the IQB Berlin: Assessing Written Learner Productions: Research and Challenges. Inaugurating meeting of the network Writing Research

04-05/2007 Two workshops to conduct feasibility studies in cooperation with Guido Martin, IEA-DPC (Data-Processing Centre) Hamburg: Trial of rating approach and assessment materials for the IQB.


BAAL: British Association of Applied Linguists; SIG Testing and Assessment: member

DGFF: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung [German Association for Foreign Language Research]

EALTA: European Association for Language Testing and Assessment: Upcoming President; Expert Member; Convenor of the SIG Assessing Writing

ILTA: International Language Testing Association