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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

PD Dr. Steffen Wild


E-mail: steffen.wildtu-dortmundde

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Unit of Psychological and Diagnostics

Phone: (+49)231 755-4971

Fax: (+49)231 755-4539

Office hours by appointment

Address: Emil-Figge-Str. 50 | Room 4.229

Portärt von PD Dr. Steffen Wild. Mann mit kurzen hellen Haaren lächelt in die Kamera. In den Händen hält er ein aufgeschlagenes Buch © Steffen Wild​/​TU Dortmund

Research focus

  • Empirical Educational Research
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research
  • Research in Higher Education
  • Dropout


Full publication list

Selected publications:

  • Wild, S., Rahn, S. & Meyer, T. (2023, online first). Factors mitigating the decline of motivation among first academic year students: A latent change score analysis. Motivation and Emotion. online accessible

  • Wild, S., & Neef, C. (2023). Analyzing the associations between motivation and academic performance via the mediator variables of specific mathematic cognitive learning strategies in different subject domains of higher education. International Journal of STEM Education,10, 1–14online online accessible

  • Wild, S., & Grassinger, R. (2023, online first). The Importance of Achievement Motivation, Difficulties in Self-Regulation, and Quality of Instruction in Students’ University Drop Out Process. British Journal of Educational Psychology. online accessible
  • Wild, S., Rahn, S., & Meyer, T. (2023). Comparing long-term trajectories in subject interest among non-traditional students and traditional students – An example from a cooperative higher education programme in Germany. Learning and Individual Differences. 101, 102250. online accessible

Talks and posters

complete list of lectures and poster(-presentations)


complete list of symposia

More information

since October 2021

  • Academic Council at the Technical University of Dortmund (Research Unit of "Psychological and Diagnostics": Prof. Dr. Olga Kunina-Habenicht)

October 2020

  • Habilitation with Venia Legendi in the Research Unit of "Empirical Educational Research" at the Ludwigsburg University of Education (main supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulf Kieschke)

January 2020 - September 2021

  • Academic assistant at the Heidelberg School of Education (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg), project "Gut beraten ins Lehramt - Maßnahme III: Entscheide Dich!" (online self-assessment; scientific director: Prof. Dr. Tobias Dörfler).

January 2016 - December 2019

  • Academic assistant at DHBW Ravensburg (Project "Course of studies - Setting the course, success criteria and hurdles in the course of dual studies at DHBW / a panel study"; Head: Prof. Dr. Ernst Deuer)

December 2014 - December 2015

  • Research assistant at Heidelberg University Hospital (Competence Center for Examinations; Head: Prof. Dr. Jana Jünger)

November 2013

  • Doctorate (Dr. phil.) at the University of Education Ludwigsburg (Sociology; main supervisor: Prof. Dr. Renate Müller)

February 2012 - November 2014

  • Academic assistant at the Prorectorate of Studies and Teaching at the University of Education Freiburg (Project "EvaPort"; Head: Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Huneke)

January 2010 - August 2010

  • Research assistant at the BBW Waiblingen (Hamet2)

March 2009

  • Diploma in Educational Science (Adult Education, Sociology and Computer Science)

2006 - 2009

  • Studies of Educational Science at the University of Education Ludwigsburg

February 2006

  • Diploma in Social Pedagogy and Social Work

2002 - 2006

  • Studies of Social Pedagogy and Social Work at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg

Research Promotion Award 2021 of the Heidelberg University of Education for the project "Digitale Kompetenzen im Dualen (Aus-)Bildungssystem" ["Digital Competencies in the Dual (Education) System"](press release on the Research Promotion Award 2021).

Science and Transfer Award of the City of Ravensburg in 2020 (together with Prof. Dr. Ernst Deuer from DHBW Ravensburg) for the project "Das Studienverlaufspanel an der DHBW - Arbeitsgruppe Ravensburg"(Article about the Science and Transfer Award)