Main research areas and interests
Educational governance research, competency development, research on school quality and school development
- 10/2013-present: Member of the National Research Council for the field ‚Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften‘ (educational sciences) of the Swiss National Science Foundation
- 08/2013-present: Vice Dean for Academic Career at the Faculty of Arts
- 2009-present: Full Professor of Education at the University of Zurich with a focus on the Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Educational Processes in Schools
- 2009-2012: President of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SGBF)
- 2003-2012: Member of the Board of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SGBF); 2006-2009 Vice President of the SGBF
- 2009-2012: Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Review Board 109 “Educational Sciences” on “General and Subject-Specific Research on Teaching, Learning, and Qualification”
- 2008: Appointed to a W3 Professorship in “Education, with a special focus on school development research” at the University of Hamburg (declined)
- 2006-2008: Full Professor of Education, with a focus on school development and empirical research on schools and teaching at the University of Education Freiburg/Brsg.
- 2005-2006: W1 Professor of Empirical Educational Research on Schools at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and at the German Institute for International Educational Research in Frankfurt am Main (DIPF)
- 2001-2005: Head of the FS&S Research Unit on School Quality & School Development at the University of Zurich and research associate under Prof. Helmut Fend
- 2000-present: Teaching and advisory work in further education, educational administration, and educational policy on the topics of educational research, school quality, school development, and school governance
- 2000: Doctoral degree at the University of Zurich on the topic of “Cross-curricular Competencies” (Peter Lang, Bern, 2001; together with Dr. Urs Grob)
- 1998-2000: Instruction of courses in teacher training, educational psychology, and didactics at various teacher training institutions in Switzerland
- 1993-1998: Master degree in Education, Psychology and Didactics at the University of Zurich
- Completion of primary-level teacher training (first to sixth grade) followed by six years of teaching at a primary school in the Canton of Zurich
Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
Katharina Maag Merki's research paper 'Conducting intervention studies on school improvement: An analysis of possibilities and constraints based on an intervention study of teacher cooperation' has been awarded as Highly Commended by the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Paper Awards for Excellence.
Free download of the article from Emerald Insight.
Research Projects in the Institute of Education
The Implementation of State-wide High School exit Examinations in Germany (Zentralabitur) as an Example of New Governance Structures in School Systems. An Analysis of Effects on Teaching and Student Learning with Multiple Indicators