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Clearing House of the Graduate Center for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has established a Clearing House, whose members are elected by the Faculty Council. The Clearing House members are available as contact persons to the members of the Graduate Center (i.e. all doctoral candidates, all academic staff, and all lecturers of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities). They provide advice and support the Graduate Center members in finding solutions to problems concerning cooperation with university lecturers and the further academic qualification of postgraduates. The Clearing House may refer to the conflict consultation of Paderborn University.

The role of the Clearing House

We understand the Clearing House as a bridge builder - on the one hand by helping people to help themselves, and on the other hand by building bridges to other contact points that also offer support. The members of the Clearing House act as facilitators in counseling and/or conflict situations and aim to provide process consulting. In the process, assistance and potential courses of action are developed together, however, the person seeking advice decides which course of action to take.

Typical examples of concerns for counseling
  • different expectations of a supervision relationship, which lead to conflict or which have not been addressed at all
  • The complexity and diffusion of roles (e.g. mixing a work and supervision relationship), which can cause conflict in relationships

Are you unsure whether you have reached the right place with your request? We are happy to figure this out in a conversation!


The members of the Clearing House offer both digital and in-person consultations. For in-person consultations, they have an office space on the Paderborn University campus, which is not in a typical office location and not labelled.

All conversations are confidential and will of course not be disclosed to third parties.

Based on the initial conversation, follow-up appointments can be arranged. The frequency of further meetings can be individually agreed upon.

The work of the Clearing House is confidential. Information is only passed on after consent has been given. You are free to choose one of the contact persons from the Clearing House.

Members of the Clearing House

University teaching staff

Beate Flath  

Prof. Dr. Beate Flath


Eventmanagement mit den Schwerpunkten Popmusikkulturen und digitale Medienkulturen

Office: H7.204
Phone: +49 5251 60-4324
E-mail: beate.flath(at)uni-paderborn(dot)de
Web: Homepage

Lothar Laak  

Prof. Dr. Lothar van Laak


Office: H3.113
Phone: +49 5251 60-2867
E-mail: lothar.van.laak(at)uni-paderborn(dot)de
Web: Homepage

Academic staff

Annette Bentler  

Dr. Annette Bentler

Research Associate

Office: H5.217
Phone: +49 5251 60-3233
E-mail: annette.bentler(at)uni-paderborn(dot)de
Web: Homepage

Petra Westphal  

Dr. Petra Westphal

Research Associate

Praxissemester Erziehungswissenschaft

Office: H5.248
Phone: +49 5251 60-2952
E-mail: petra.westphal(at)uni-paderborn(dot)de
Web: Homepage



Ulrike Fügemann

Student Assistant (SHK)


If you would like to send an email to one or more members of the Clearing House of the Graduate Center, please include "Clearing" in the subject line.

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