Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975
    1st and 2nd prize in the German National Mathematics Competition

  • 1976
    Hochschulreife (higher education entrance qualification), Waldschule Berlin, Germany

  • 1976 – 1982
    Studied mathematics and physics at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1984 – 1994
    Research associate at the Goethe University Frankfurt (as a physicist) and at Giessen University, Germany

  • 1989
    Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), Faculty of Mathematics at Giessen University

  • 1994 – 2003
    Taught mathematics and physics at the Hanse-Berufskolleg (business college) in Lemgo/Ostwestfalen, Germany; concurrent: Instructor at the University of Hannover, Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) project

  • 2003
    Habilitation at the University of Hannover, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in mathematics education, private lecturer at the University of Hannover

  • Since 2003
    Professor of mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Education (PH) Schwäbisch Gmünd; have also taught within the framework of the cooperative agreement with Ulm University, Germany

  • 2003 – 2005
    Head of the Department of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd

  • Since 2004
    Initiator and member of the project management team of the international network and conference series MACAS (Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences)

  • 2005 – 2008
    Vice rector for research, development and international relations, PH Schwäbisch Gmünd

  • 2006 – 2010
    Coordinator/manager for the EU project ScienceMath (Denmark, Germany, Finland, Slovenia)

  • Since 2008
    Founding member of the transatlantic network International Network for Better Education in Mathematics, Sciences and Arts (USA, Canada)

  • Since 2010
    Rector of the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd

Selected publications

  • Beckmann, A. (2009). A Conceptual Framework for Cross-Curricular Teaching. Special Issue on Interdisciplinary Teaching. The Montana Mathematics Enthuisiast 6/1, March 2009, 1-56.

  • Hoefer, Th. & Beckmann, A. (2008). Supporting Mathematical Literacy – Examples from a Cross-Curricular Project. ZDM, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer (13 pp.). DOI 10.1007/s11858-008-0117-9, link:

  • Beckmann, A. (2007). Non-linear functions in secondary school of lower qualification level. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast, vol, no 2, June 2007.

  • Beckmann, A./ScienceMath Group (ed.) (2009). ScienceMath – Mathematical Literacy And Cross-Curricular Competencies Through Interdisciplinarity, Mathematising and Modelling Science, Hildesheim, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-88120-492-7

  • Michelsen, C. & Beckmann, A. & Sriraman, B. (ed.) (2007). Proceedings of the Second International Symposium of Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences. University of Southern Denmark Press, ISBN 978-87-92321-04-6Kittel, A. & Beckmann, A. & Hole, V. & Ladel, S. (2005). The computer as "an exercise and repetition" medium in mathematical lessons: Educational Effectiveness of Tablet PCs. In: ZDM vol 37/ 5

  • Beckmann, A. (2006). Experimente zum Funktionsbegriffserwerb, Cologne: Aulis-Verlag.

  • Beckmann, A. & Michelsen, C. & Sriraman, B. (ed.) (2005). Proceedings of the First International Symposium of Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences. Hildesheim, Berlin: Franzbecker, ISBN 3-88120-314-8

  • Beckmann, A. (2003). Fächerübergreifender Mathematikunterricht, Hildesheim, Berlin: Franzbecker. 4 parts: Models, Mathematics in cooperation with physics, German, Computer Science.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Editorial positions

  • Initiator and editor of a series on mathematics education, Schwäbisch Gmünder Mathematikdidaktische Reihe

  • Initiator and editor of the University of Education's science magazine, Forum Forschung

  • Member of the international board of The Montana Mathematics Enthuisiast, USA


  • Member of the board of the State Rectors' Conference for universities of education (LRK for PHs), deputy chairperson since 2010

  • Representative of the LRK for PHs in the university membership group of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK)

  • Representative of the LRK for PHs in the senate of the HRK

  • Financial officer of the LRK for PHs in Baden-Württemberg

  • Active in working groups organised by various state ministries in Baden-Württemberg

  • Deputy chairperson of the administration advisory council to the student services office at Ulm (since 2012)

  • STEM representative of the LRK for PHs in Baden-Württemberg, representative in the STEM state initiatives (since 2013)

  • LRK representative on the steering committee "Teacher education reform" for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (since 2014)

  • Member of the commission on the restructuring of the teacher training programme for the Gymnasium (grammar school) in Baden-Württemberg, 2007 – 2009

  • Member of the scientific council for the PHs in Baden-Württemberg, 2005 – 2008

  • Member of the organising committee for Germany participation in the World Mathematical Year 2000, 1999 – 2000

  • Member of EWM – European Women in Mathematics

  • Member of dhv – German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

  • Member of DMV – Union of German Mathematicians

  • Member of GDM – German Society of Didactics of Mathematics

Additional qualifications

  • Creation and maintenance of international partnerships between universities around the world

  • Member of numerous internal and external committees (such as the university council), advisory boards (such as the economic advisory committees for the City of Schwäbisch Gmünd and for the Förderverein Onkologie), boards of trustees and foundations

  • Head of numerous appointment committees

  • Peer review activities

  • Reviewer and supervisor of doctoral candidates

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 3 grown children


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