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Members of the Salzburg College staff have worked with international students for many years. They provide the planning and the support system for your international study experience. They want you to have a wonderful and rewarding “time of your life”.

Marina Rendl

As Academic Director Dr. Marina Rendl, PhD is responsible for all academic apsects of our Salzburg College programs. Marina Rendl holds a MSc in Business Management and an MA in Philosophy from the Southern Federal University Russia. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science and went on the complete her habilitation in Social Philosophy at the Southern Federal University Russia. Once in Austria, Marina Rendl obtained her second Doctorate in Ethics/Phenomenology from the University of Innsbruck.
A world citizen, Marina Rendl is fluent in German, Russian, English, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Ukrainian. She is a multitasking problem solver and has been primarily engaged in strategy management and academic consulting in Russia, China and Western Europe. Her teaching expertise spans from philosophy, anthropology, to logic and management theory. She has published more than 50 scientific articles and books.

Phoebe Mayer

As Managing Director, Phoebe Mayer plans and coordinates all practical aspects of the Salzburg College programs. She works closely with Salzburg College partners and affiliates to ascertain a study experience that meets your individual needs and expectations.

Phoebe Mayer holds an MA and an MBA from the University of Salzburg and previously worked in academic and tourism management. As an Austrian and American citizen who was educated on both continents, Phoebe Mayer is well prepared to support you in your new cultural environment.

Molly Closson

As Programs Manager, Molly Closson works closely with faculty and students to establish a personalized academic program that fits your individual needs. You can count on her as your academic and personal advisor throughout your semester in Salzburg.

Originally from Ohio, Molly received a BA in German Studies from
Bowling Green University as well as a MS in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.

If she is not lost in a book, she can be found trying a new recipe in the kitchen, singing Karaoke, running, skiing or hiking somewhere in the Austrian Alps.

Birgit Breninger

As the Graduate Programs Director, Birgit Breninger is in charge of all graduate level studies at Salzburg College. Dr. Breninger has created several innovative degree programs with an increased academic rigor within the cross-disciplinary context of Intercultural Studies. She has been the driving academic force behind curriculum expansion here at Salzburg College. She is also a strong believer in a holistic approach to education, which features interdisciplinary collaboration on all levels. Her increased emphasis on the core competencies “achievement – self-initiative – responsibility” within the intercultural context in all our programs ensures that our graduates are fit for the future global workplace.

Dr. Breninger holds an MA in Communication as well as English and American Studies from the University of Salzburg, an MA in Race and Gender from Oxford Brookes University, and a PhD in English and American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Studies and Gender from the University of Salzburg.

Thomas Kaltenbacher

Our Director of Research, Thomas Kaltenbacher, plays a central role in forming the vision, shaping directions of change and in designing and delivering the research strategy of the InterCultural Center here at Salzburg College.

As a key member he takes on a crucial role within the ICC by managing all research areas in addition to serving as the Clinical Director of the Salzburg Speech Clinic as well as the Director of the Salzburg Institute for Reading Research.

Dr. Kaltenbacher holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Psycho- Neuro- and Clinical Linguistics) and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Salzburg as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies from Oxford Brookes University.


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