Elke Platz-Waury

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Elke Platz-Waury (* 1940 ) is a German literary scholar , author and professor . For many years she was chairwoman of the federal board of the Association of Universities and Science (vhw) in the German Association of Civil Servants .

Professional background

Elke Platz-Waury studied English , Romance studies , pedagogy and history in the 1960s . After completing her doctorate , she was appointed professor for applied foreign languages ​​in 1980. She is a retired professor at Heilbronn University . She was a member of the university council at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences .


Elke Platz-Waury was a member of the board of the German Student Union and was its vice-president for eight years and a member of the committee for student affairs of the German Rectors' Conference for nine years. For 16 years she was a member of the LARS commission - performance incentive systems for improving teaching and she was a member of the Federal Government's BAföG advisory board for a period of four years. She is a founding member and deputy chairwoman of the Association of Baden-Württemberg Female Scientists, was a member of the funding commission for women's research of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and she is a member of the German Association of Women Academics, of which she has been secretary since October 2007.

For many years she was from 1999 to 2011 at the federal level as the successor to Reinhard Kuhnert at the head of the University and Science Association (vhw), and she is still the secretary of the association magazine vhw mitteilungen . The vhw was founded in 1973 and is the trade union of the dbb beamtenbund and tariff union for the higher education sector . As a member of this top trade union , he has a say in collective bargaining issues and, in particular, a right to be heard . Therefore, the education and science ministers at federal and state level are obliged to include the vhw in their legislative processes and thus in their university policy. During her three terms in office 1999–2011, Platz-Waury had close contacts with all incumbent federal education ministers and all incumbent state education ministers.


She is the bearer of the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her academic and voluntary life's work.

Works (selection)

  • Drama and Theater, Tübingen: Narr, 1999, 5th, completely revised. and exp. Ed.
  • Modern English poetry, interpretation and documentation, Heidelberg: Quelle and Meyer, 1978
  • Jonson's comical characters: Unters. to the relationship between poetry theory and the like Stage practice

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prof. Dr. Elke Platz-Waury. In: Heilbronn University. Retrieved February 27, 2020 .
  2. VBWW. In: Association. February 27, 2020, accessed February 27, 2020 .