Prof. Ada Pellert studied Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she received her doctorate in 1987. She received her habilitation in 1998 at the University of Klagenfurt with a dissertation on organizational development for scientific and educational institutions. Since the 1990s she has been an internationally renowned expert on the continuing professional development of university-level instructors, on consulting for higher education institutions, and on international comparative education research. Her specialities include organization and personnel development, management and leadership, quality assurance and quality management, diversity management and lifelong learning strategies.
From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Pellert was Professor of Continuing Education Research and Education Management, as well as Vice-rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Structural Issues at Danube University, Krems. From 1999 to 2003 she served as Vice-rector for Teaching, Staff Development and Equal Opportunity at the University of Graz. From 1998 to 2005 she taught and conducted research as an adjunct professor in the Department of Higher Education Research at the University of Klagenfurt’s Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (IFF). In November, 2008, she was appointed the founding President of DUW.