Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Rühl

Studies, Degrees and Professional Career

  • 1950 – 1951: High-School-Scholarship for Dayton, Ohio, USA. 
  • Since 1950: Free-lancing journalist.
  • 1953: Taking the Abitur, Nürnberg, Germany.
  • 1953 - 1955: Trained as an industrial manager, Erlangen, Germany    
  • 1956 – 1960: Studying Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Philosophy and Communications at the University of Erlangen, Free University of Berlin, School for Economics and Social Sciences Nürnberg; majoring in Economics.  
  • 1960: Diploma in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt), School for Economics and Social Sciences Nürnberg. Diploma Thesis: „Der Stürmerand its editor“.
  • 1960 – 1963: Associate, Institut für Publizistik, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1963 – 1964: Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1964 – 1968: Assistant Professor at the Chair for Political Science and Communications, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 
  • 1968: Doctorate in Social Sciences (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Dissertation Thesis  „The newspaper newsroom as an organized social system“)
  • 1968 – 1969: Assistant Research Professor,  Social Sciences Research Center, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 1969 – 1970; Scholar-in-Residence, The Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA  
  • 1970 – 1973: Associate Research Professor, Social Sciences Research Center, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Research Group „Professionalizing Communicators“, Special Research Unit 22 of the German Research Association (DFG): "Socialization and Communication Research”
  • 1973 - 1974: Visiting Professor, Institut für Publizistik, University of Mainz, Germany 
  • 1974 – 1976: Senior Research Director, Social Sciences Research Center, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • 1976 – 1983: Professor for Communications (with a thematic priority on Journalism and Public Relations), University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 1978: Habilitation for Communications (Dr. rer. pol. habil.) by the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Habilitation Thesis „Journalism and society. Review and theoretical design“)
  • 1983 – 1999: Chair and Professor for Communications, University of Bamberg, Germany 
  • 1980 (Summer) and 1993 (Winter): Guest Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland   
  • Since 1999 Professor Emeritus for Communications, University of Bamberg; author, consultant, and expert for German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (AvH) and other organisations promoting teaching and research.

Memberships (selection)

  • 1963: Founding and honorary member, German Association for Public Communication an Communications (DGPuK); 1980 – 1982: President 
  • 1970: Member, International Communications Association (ICA); 1977 - 1980: Member-at-large, Board of Directors
  • 1970: Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication