Assistant Professor Dr. Carolyn Blume

Current Position

Since 2020         
Competence Center for Teacher Education and Research (DoKoLL)  Assistant professor (W1) Technical University Dortmund, Germany 

Faculty of Cultural Studies, Institute of Diversity Studies (TEFL and Applied Linguistics) Member by courtesy

Prior professional appointments 

2020 – 2020 
Interact4School Research associate (post-doctoral researcher) Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

2016 – 2019 
ZZL-Network for Teacher EducationResearch associate (doctoral researcher) Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

2013 – 2015
HeaLinGO: Health and Language Integrated Gaming Online Research associate (doctoral researcher) Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany   


Dr. phil. (summa cum laude)Thesis title: Investigating Digital Game-Based Language Learning: Applications, Actors, & Issues of Access.         Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany 

C.A.S. in School Leadership and School Administration Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York

M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fulbright Scholar University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

B.A. with Honors in Education Double major in International Relations and German Cultural Studies, with Honors in Education, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 


  • Ethics applications   | TU Dortmund, Germany
  • Funding applications for conference grants and doctoral students for the German Society for Foreign Language Research (DGFF)
  • BA and MA Theses | Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany; TU Dortmund, Germany  
  • Journals   | Teaching and Teacher Education; CALL-J; TEFL-EJ; LLP Language Learning & Technology; Foreign Language Annals  

Awards, fellowships, and stipends

2022 | IDEA Inclusion Diversity Education Award of the TU Dortmund (DoProfiL-2)

2019 | Leuphana Teaching Prize for Excellence in Digitally-Mediated Teaching and Learning 

2007 | College Board Teacher Fellowship       
2001 | Freeman Foundation Grant
2000 | Fulbright Study Grant
1998 | National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Institute
1994 – 1995 | Fulbright Research Grant
1994 | Dorot Foundation Grant
1994 | Firestone Award  

Academic service

Co-organizer International Doctoral Colloquium DocNet  
Re-accreditation committee
Faculty of Cultural Studies, Technical University Dortmund, Germany 
Elected board member German Society for Foreign Language Research (DGFF)
Invited board member LLP: Language.Learning.Pedagogy
Co-founder Digi-Vers-FSU (Digital Universes of Foreign Language Instruction) 
 Co-organizer Netzwerk Inklusiver Englischunterricht (Network Inclusive English Instruction)  

Research grants (principal co-applicant)

Curriculum 4.0: Digital Participation and Media Competence in Teacher Education Funders: State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Stifteverband. Land NRW/Stifterverband.


ELLeN: English Language Learning & Neurodiversity  

Funder: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training. 

Research grants (associate)

DoProfiL-2: Dortmunder Profile for Inclusive Teacher Education Funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research Das Dortmunder Profil für inklusionsorientierte Lehrer/-innenbildung

K4D: Collaborative Teaching and Learning with Digital Media in Teacher Education: Mobile – Subject-specific – Inclusive Funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Interact4School: Connecting Extracurricular and Curricular Individualized Learning: Effective Digital Practice as the Basis for Competence-Oriented Foreign Language Education Funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

QualiTIES: Qualifying Teachers for Innovative English Settings Funder: North Rhine-Westphalia State Institute for Schools and Professional Development (QUA-LiS NRW)
TRAWLER: Thinking, Researching, and Academic Writing - An English Learning Resource Funder: Leuphana University Lüneburg

Academic English for Sustainability and Business Funder: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Connecting Theory and Practice in Teacher Education ZZL, Strand 1B: Multiperspective Videography for Teaching in Heterogenous and Inclusive English Instruction Funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
HeaLinGO: Health and Language Integrated Gaming Online Funder: EU EFRE- European Fund for Regional Development      


  • School district administrator, State of New York  
  • Teacher of Social Studies, English, and Foreign Languages (German), grades 7-12, State of New York  
  •  Language diploma (Grade: Good), Goethe Institute  

University teaching experience

  • Exploring digitally-mediated English usage among neurodivergent learners 
  • Critical digital literacies for the EFL classroom                                    
  • Vom Brettspiel zum digitalen Lernspiel – Spielerische Zugänge zum Fremdsprachenlernen entwickeln und erforschen 
  • Digital gaming in the EFL classroom 
  • Inclusive EFL in a digital world 
  • Digitally-mediated tasks in EFL: Approaches and applications 
  • Teaching in inclusive and heterogeneous English settings
  • Theories of second language learning  
  • Research colloquia für M.A. and Ph.D. candidates                                                            TU 

Secondary teaching and administrative experience

Teacher for English and History, grades 5 through 13         
LEH Marienau School, Dahlenburg, Germany 
Tenured Social Studies Department Chair, grades 1 through 12
Peekskill City School District, Peekskill, New York 
Tenured School District Administrator for Languages and Social Studies
Hyde Park Central School District, Hyde Park, New York 
Tenured Teacher for Social Studies and English, grades 9 through 12
Rye High School, Rye, New York 
Tenured Teacher for Social Studies, grades 9 through 12 
Ardsley High School, Ardsley, New York

Presentations, workshops, panels, and publications can be found here