Since 2007, Webster Vienna Private University is honored to acknowledge a very special fund, the Dr. Elizabeth Chopin Endowed Visiting Professorship, donated by the late Mag. Reinhard Ortner.

This professorship was created in honor of Dr. Chopin's long history of service to the university and the community. She was the Director of the Vienna Campus from 1988-1999.

The endowment allows Webster Vienna to attract world-renowned professors in the fields of business, international relations, art, media and psychology to lecture and share their professional experiences through public forums.

Former Visiting Professors:

  • 2023-2024 Francisco H. G. Ferreira, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • 2022-2023 Semir Zeki, Professor of Neuroesthetics at the University College London (UCL)
  • 2022-2023 Robin Mansell, Professor Emerita of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2021-2022 Sean McFate, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington DC think tank, and a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
  • 2019-2020 - Johannes Jaeger, scientist, and natural philosopher; visiting scholar at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), the University of Vienna and the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI) in Paris (Center for Liberal Arts)
  • 2019-2020 - David Shambaugh; Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science and International Affairs Director, China Policy Program at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. (International Relations)
  • 2018-2019 - Iver B. Neumann, Norwegian Social Research and Oslo University (International Relations)
  • 2018-2019 - Marwan M. Kraidy, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (Media Communications)
  • 2014-2015 - Ken Albala, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California (History)
  • 2013-2014 - Joel M. Stern, University of Chicago, Columbia (Finance)
  • 2010-2011 - Diane O’Donoghue, Tufts University (Art/Psychology)
  • 2007-2008 - Andi Markowitz, University of Michigan (Politics)
  • 2006-2007 - Philip G. Zimbardo, Stanford University (Psychology)

Call for Nomination

This Visiting Fellowship is awarded twice a year to senior researchers from within and beyond the Webster academic community.

Duration: Three days – one week

Number: Two per year

Location: Webster Vienna Private University

Eligibility: Senior researchers in the fields of International Relations, Psychology, Business and Finance, Media, Art or Music from all Webster Worldwide Campuses. In addition, externals can be recommended by any campus.

Endowed Professorship Activities: Flexible; special tailored guest lecture or mini-seminar for students, alumni and Webster stakeholders; lecture in house and public

Selection Committee: Director and respective department head of Webster Vienna Private University; respective dean of Webster University St. Louis

Remuneration: 5,000 Euros lump sum (including accommodation and traveling to/from WVPU)

Timeline: Please submit nominations by filling out the form below. The selection committee decides every year by Nov. 15, and will then invite the selected researchers.

The next fellowship will commence in the academic year 2024-2025.


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