From April 2013 Professor of English Literature ("Berufung, W3-Professur für Anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft“), TU Braunschweig.
Spring 2010 Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Leeds, UK.
March 2007 Offered Chair of English Literature ("Berufung, W3-Professur für Anglistische Literaturwissenschaft"), TU Chemnitz (declined).
October 2006 to March 2013 Professor of English Literature ("Berufung, W2-Professur für Anglistik/Literaturwissenschaft"), Siegen University.
1997 - 2005 Visiting Professor, Universities of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Madison; Vienna, Austria; Interim Professor, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main; TU Chemnitz, Germany.
June 2003 "Habilitation" completed. Received "venia legendi" in "Englische und amerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften" for peer-reviewed post-doctoral dissertation on metaphors of industrialization and the 19th century novel.
January 1991 - Summer 2005 Lecturer ("Wiss. Mitarbeiter", "Wiss. Assistent") at the Department of English and American Literature, University of Giessen, Germany.
July - August 1994 Fulbright scholar on the American Studies Summer Course, New York University.
June 1994 PhD ("Dr. phil., Fach: Anglistik") on TV playwright and screenwriter Dennis Potter, completed grade: "summa cum laude", University of Giessen, Germany.